He has spent the previous 25 years in Kamloops however Invoice Sundhu nonetheless has deep roots within the Cariboo.
The lawyer and former provincial courtroom decide grew up in Williams Lake, the place he additionally practiced legislation, and spent a lot of his youth in Lac La Hache and 100 Mile Home, working in lumber mills to pay for his college training.
“I’m a son of the Cariboo, it runs in my blood,” Sundhu stated, including his father got here from India to settle within the Cariboo within the Nineteen Fifties.
Sundhu is hoping his background, training and his time within the Cariboo and Kamloops areas will bode nicely as he seeks the federal NDP nomination for the Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo driving within the subsequent federal election.
It’s not his first foray into politics: he beforehand ran within the driving in 2015, coming in second to Conservative MP Cathy McLeod with 21,466 votes.
McLeod, a four-term MP, just lately introduced she gained’t run within the subsequent election, opening the door to a contemporary slate of candidates for each occasion. Whereas no date has been set for the following election, Sundhu stated there are rumblings that Trudeau’s Liberals may name it as early as this spring and “we should be ready.”
“I imagine we’re at a vital crossroads in our nation,” Sundhu stated, noting the pandemic has led to inequities throughout the area by way of the economic system, healthcare and surroundings.
“We really feel there’s base right here nevertheless it requires candidate and staff. The selections we make in the present day will have an effect on us for many years.”
Sundhu famous previous to the pandemic, half of Canadians have been $200 away from having the ability to pay their payments. Privatizations and cutbacks over time imply youngsters are going hungry, whereas ladies are struggling to care for his or her households and aged dad and mom.
In 100 Mile Home and Clinton, he stated, some seniors having to determine whether or not to pay their lease and hydro or get their drugs.
With the NDP, he stated “we will reimagine Canada. We now have the chance to start that change right here in Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo.”
“It’s about who’s going to be a powerful advocate for our communities,” Sundhsaid. “I’ll battle for a fairer future for everyone.”