He has spent the previous 25 years in Kamloops however Bill Sundhu nonetheless has deep roots in the Cariboo.
The lawyer and former provincial court docket 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 House, working in lumber mills to pay for his college schooling.
“I’m a son of the Cariboo, it runs in my blood,” Sundhu stated, including his father got here from India to settle in the Cariboo in the Nineteen Fifties.
Sundhu is hoping his background, schooling and his time in the Cariboo and Kamloops areas will bode properly as he seeks the federal NDP nomination for the Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo using in the subsequent federal election.
It’s not his first foray into politics: he beforehand ran in the using in 2015, coming in second to Conservative MP Cathy McLeod with 21,466 votes.
McLeod, a four-term MP, not too long ago introduced she gained’t run in the subsequent election, opening the door to a contemporary slate of candidates for each occasion. While no date has been set for the subsequent election, Sundhu stated there are rumblings that Trudeau’s Liberals may name it as early as this spring and “we have to 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 in phrases of the economic system, healthcare and setting.
“We really feel there’s an excellent base right here but it surely requires an excellent candidate and an excellent group. The choices we make at the moment will have an effect on us for many years.”
Sundhu famous previous to the pandemic, half of Canadians had been $200 away from with the ability to pay their payments. Privatizations and cutbacks over the years imply kids are going hungry, whereas ladies are struggling to care for his or her households and aged mother and father.
In 100 Mile House and Clinton, he stated, some seniors having to determine whether or not to pay their hire and hydro or get their drugs.
With the NDP, he stated “we are able to reimagine Canada. We have the alternative to start that change right here in Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo.”
“It’s about who’s going to be a robust advocate for our communities,” Sundhsaid. “I’ll battle for a fairer future for everyone.”