Canada’s Fourth Front candidate Phil Hewkin believes its time for a democratic reboot

Canada’s Fourth Front candidate Phil Hewkin is running in the Prince George – Peace River – Northern Rockies r…

Canada’s Fourth Front candidate Phil Hewkin is running in the Prince George – Peace River – Northern Rockies riding in hopes of being a voice for the region in Ottawa.

The party, formed in 2019, is looking to become an alternative to the three main parties and one of its main priorities is to create a direct democracy infrastructure.

“Every Canadian citizen would be able to vote on any and every issue that affects them in their lives if they so choose. I like that idea,” says Hewkin.

Ahead of next week’s election, Hewkin is looking to show constituents that he is committed to them and is pledging half of his MP salary to a charity in Northeast B.C, if elected.

“Money is not important to me. What is important to me is integrity. If I don’t have personal integrity, I have nothing. I will not pimp myself out for the leader of a political party.”

The Prince Goerge-based former tradesman says his decision to run is also due to becoming dissatisfied with how incumbent Conservative Bob Zimmer has represented the northeast.

“I call him bump on the log Bob, as whatever he’s doing is not apparent.”

A staunch Conservative for several years, Hewkin has had enough, calling out the leadership of Erin O’Toole and the party’s “great moves to the left.”

Hewkin vows to push for a process to have his riding vote for him to be removed if he didn’t do what he said he would.

“If I don’t toe the line, if you’re not happy with what I’m doing, if you say so, as a voter, I’m out of there. That’s how it should be. That’s true democracy.”

Hewkin says he knows his chances are slim, but he is worried for the future of his children and grandchildren.

“That’s the only reason I’m doing this.”

When asked to expand on the party’s platform and what constituents can expect from him, Hewkin went back to the need for direct democracy.

“Very simply, direct democracy. Get a vote on any and every issue that affects you in your life, if you choose. That’s the short story, that’s the only story, there’s no greater story.”

The party’s platform includes the following according to its website:

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).

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