The Liberals have parachuted a candidate into the Cariboo-Prince George riding.
Sangreeta Lalli, a political science student at the University of British Columbia, has been named the candidate.
“I’ve been interested in politics since I was in Grade 6,” Lalli said Monday. “I do think young people have a voice.”
Lalli is from Vancouver, but has relatives in Williams Lake and Prince George.
“I have spent quite a bit of time in the riding,” she said. “But because of school and work I’ve been in Vancouver.”
As for living in the riding it’s “definitely a possibility in the future.” She will, however, be campaigning in the riding leading up the May 2 election.
As for issues facing Cariboo-Chilcotin, when interviewed Lalli said she hadn’t done enough research to offer comments on the Prosperity gold/copper mine west of Williams Lake or the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline. However, she did email comments later saying: “If elected, I will make sure our government reviews this submission; however, it has to meet full approval of our national environmental standards as before. The views of local First Nations and other important stakeholders will be very important.”
She promoted the Liberals’ $1 billion Learning Passport promise, which would provide $4,000, tax-free, for every high school student who chooses to go to university, or college – $1,000 per year over four years; and $6,000 – or $1,500 each year – for high school students from low-income families.