A Thompson Rivers University social work student has tossed her name into the hat for the upcoming federal election, which will be her first kick at the political can.
Kira Cheeseborough, 25, is running for the Animal Protection Party of Canada. On its website, the party describes itself as the country’s first federal party dedicated to the protection of all animals and the environment. About a dozen candidates are listed across the country.
Admitting it is a fringe party, Cheeseborough said the APP is “bringing compassion into politics.”
She said she is running because she feels the voices of those impacted by government policies are often missed.
Cheeseborough said she has experienced homelessness and, in addition to being a part-time student in her third year, she is also a youth advisor for A Way Home Kamloops, an organization focused on ending youth homelessness.
Cheeseborough said she is also running to be MP for Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo because she is passionate about the issue of climate change and wants to get more young people involved in politics.
“The decisions that are being made by politicians and the country’s leaders today are being made by an older population that won’t have to face the repercussions in 20 years,” Cheeseborough said.
She will not have a campaign office nor manager and will not raise money outside of what her party gives her, the amount of which is unclear.
She said she will, however, participate in the Kamloops This Week, Radio NL and Kamloops Chamber of Commerce-sponsored debate at TRU’s Grand Hall on Oct. 8.
Cheeseborough can be found on Facebook or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.