PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – Green Party candidate Catharine Kendall is running once again in the Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies riding, believing many issues aren’t being dealt with, specifically regarding climate change.

“It’s not something that we can just close the book on and walk away. We’ve definitely got glaciers melting faster now. And so we need to create change a little faster so that our humans can continue to cohabitate on this planet,” says Kendall.

Kendall is based out of Prince George and represented the Greens in the 2019 federal election for the Northeast B.C. seat. She finished third behind incumbent Conservative Bob Zimmer and Liberal Mavis Erickson.

She was also a Green Party of BC candidate in last year’s provincial election for the Prince George-Mackenize riding.

“The Greens offer me the platform that I feel most resonates with my passions, and that is about serving our most vulnerable.”

Kendall is the owner of Magenta Mare Consulting, a grassroots community development consulting firm, and is the Executive Director of Connaught Youth Centre Society, which provides programs for vulnerable children, youth and families.

“That’s my background, that’s the work that I’ve been doing. So, really bringing the voices to the table that really aren’t necessarily heard across the country, specifically in our province.”

With such a large riding, a lot of travel is involved, but Kendall is committed, pledging to have offices in several communities.

“[I will have] offices in each community, not just Fort St. John, but all the way up to Fort Nelson, Tumbler Ridge, and [will] make sure that community members know that the doors are always open to bring whatever issues they have that they would like to see get addressed.”

Being strictly Conservative riding for 49 years, it’s seemingly an uphill battle for any other party, but Kendall hopes constituents recognize the crisis the country is facing.

“The Conservatives aren’t addressing those crises.”

Kendall believes there needs to be a sense of urgency when it comes to climate change.

“We have to recognize just like there’s an emergency on the street, all of a sudden, all hands on deck are there depends, we really need to take that mentality that we need to attend to it.

“We’re looking at implementing forced green energy so that we can actually make use of what the sun and the wind provide, as opposed to anything in the ground that we need to dig up. There are just many changes that need to take place that we need to just wake up to and embrace and move forward with. We don’t have 20 to 30 years.”

Another issue that is top of mind for Kendall is food security.

“We need a local food industry where people are able to access local food,” says Kendall.

“That’s something in the north and our rural regions that we don’t even talk about. So, subsidizing local farming, and making sure that food, water and shelter are at the top of the list.”

Kendall is also looking to address the opioid crisis, housing needs in the north, and mental health.

“We don’t recognize that we tend to create pockets of funding that sort of manage a crisis in one batch, but we just can’t do that. That’s where people start falling through the cracks and miss the services that they require. ”

Advanced voting takes place for four days, starting September 10th.

The 2021 Federal Election will be held on September 20th.

The candidates looking to fill the Northeast B.C. seat are Amir Alavi (Liberal Party), Ryan Dyck (PPC), Phil Hewkin (Canada’s Fourth Front), David Jeffers (Maverick Party), Catharine Kendall (Green Party), Cory Grizz Longley (NDP), and incumbent Bob Zimmer (Conservative Party).