The Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo NDP riding association has found a candidate to replace Gina Myhill-Jones, the 100 Mile resident who stepped down as a candidate last month due to personal reasons.
Now carrying the New Democrat flag in the federal election campaign is Dock Currie, a second-year law student at Thompson Rivers University.
Currie has also served as president of Simon Fraser University’s Residence and Housing Association and was opinions editor and staff writer for student newspapers at SFU and the University of Victoria. Upon graduating with honours from UVic, Currie was Chancellor Bennett Scholar at York University in Toronto, as well as contract teaching faculty. In 2018, he began studies in law at TRU and was the recipient of the Dean’s Course Prize for Legal Perspectives.
“From my studies, I have drawn a simple lesson — the wealthy and powerful in society have too much influence over and against society, too much power to warp our institutions and laws towards their interests and away from everyone else’s interests,” Currie said in a press release. “The system is rigged. I chose to study law in order to do something about those problems and the extreme inequality of wealth and power in Canada and across much of the developed world.”
Currie says his campaign will highlight social democracy, intervention into the political life of working people, Indigenous peoples, LGBTQ2S, vulnerable people and marginalized peoples.
By filling the NDP’s candidate void, Currie joins five others vying for the Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo MP seat. They include Iain Currie (Green), Ken Finlayson (People’s Party), Peter Kerek (Communist), Terry Lake (Liberal), and Cathy McLeod (Conservative).
Voters go to the polls on Oct. 21. Under legislation, the election must be called no later than Sept. 15.