B.C. Conservatives enter the race

Nels Harrington will represent the Conservatives in the May election

Nels Harrington

Nels Harrington

The race for Vernon-Monashee is growing.

Nels Harrington will represent the B.C. Conservatives in the May provincial election.

“My many years of experience operating a small business have convinced me of the need for local people to step forward and bring good government back to B.C.,” said Harrington, who owns a renovation business in Coldstream.

“As a small business owner I have had first-hand experience with the myriad challenges facing small business operators,” he said, citing imbalanced regulatory frameworks that favour large corporations, privatization of public assets that drive up costs and increasing pressures from automation and other shifts in the business climate that need to be addressed.

He said there is a need to move B.C.’s economy away from wholesale corporate resource extraction towards more support for small farms, small business and public access to resources.

“When you grow up and live in smaller communities, you more easily see the importance of keeping dollars circulating in local economies while also protecting the public’s best interests and maintaining public oversight over resource developments.”

Also running in Vernon-Monashee are Liberal incumbent Eric Foster, Green Keli Westgate, Barry Dorval, with the NDP, and Libertarian Don Jefcoat.