FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Dave Jeffers’ decision to join the Maverick Party began in 2019 when he felt a change needed to take place for his children’s future.
“I just felt that they weren’t going to have the same opportunities that I had if we kept going on this path,” said Jeffers, a Prince George – Prince River – Northern Rockies candidate in the upcoming federal election.
After researching the existing parties at that time, Jeffers says they didn’t possess the answers to the country’s issues until he looked into the Maverick Party, formally known as Wexit Canada.
The party was created off the heels of the 2019 federal election after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was elected and centers around change that benefits Western Canada.
In March, Jeffers was one of the first three candidates announced by the party’s interim leader Jay Hill, a former MP for Northeast B.C.
The resources sector is a focal point for Jeffers, believing Northeast B.C. will lead the charge in restoring the economy.
“We have forestry, mining, agriculture, tourism, infrastructure, every aspect of it, including oil and gas, obviously,’ said Jeffers.
“We have all of the resources here that need attention and that generate revenue.”
By promoting the region’s resources and sharing them, Jeffers believes global emissions will be reduced.
“If we just got one [heavy polluter like China or India] to convert coal plants to our liquid natural gas, we could reduce the global impact by 15 per cent.”
Jeffers believes there need to be more ways to generate revenue and promote resources while being environmentally friendly.
Indigenous relations is another focal point for Jeffers and the Maverick Party.
“We have been mandated and told by the Supreme Court many, many, many times over that inclusion and engagement needs to happen upfront, yet, we continue to use the courts as our go-to move in government.”
He calls the government’s use of the court system ‘shameful.’
“We need to correct that, and we need to do better.”
Jeffers says constituents should vote the same way they have for years if they’re ‘happy with the way the government is functioning right now, and the status quo.’
“If you’re not happy with it, you have to change your vote. That’s a tough one for a lot of people because it’s an identity issue.”
“A lot of people don’t think that their vote counts after Ontario closes the polls. This time it will, and it’ll have an impact. Please get out and vote.”
Advanced voting takes place for four days, starting September 10th.
The 2021 Federal Election will be held on September 20th.
Jeffers and incumbent conservative Bob Zimmer are the only candidates in the riding listed through Elections Canada.
Other candidates running include Cory Longley for the NDP, Catherine Kendall for the Green’s, Ryan Dyck for the PCC, and Liberal candidate Amir Alavi.
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