Burns Lake visit of party faithful

Vanderhoof guide seeks leadership of B.C. Conservatives.

Representing the B.C. Conservative party, Dan Brooks was the Nechako-Lakes everyman candidate during last year’s provincial election. A hunting outfitter and business owner hailing from Vanderhoof, Brooks arrives ready to discuss politics or the most recent hunting season, whichever you prefer.

He was through Burns Lake last week to promote his bid for leadership of the B.C. Conservative party. So far, it’s a two-horse race between Brooks and Vancouver-based Rick Peterson.

Born in Vanderhoof, Brooks remains involved with running his family’s business, Crystal Lake Resort, although he’s currently working out of a Kamloops office to run his leadership campaign.

The April 11, 2014 leadership election date leaves a lot of time for the campaign to get off the ground, so that might explain the under-the-radar approach Brooks is taking during this whirlwind Northern B.C. tour. In less than a week, he made stops in Smithers, Terrace, Kitimat, Prince Rupert, and Burns Lake.

“Primarily I’ve been meeting with the membership of the party,” Brooks said.  “The membership isn’t very large in the Northwest. I think the majority of the members are the ones I signed up in Nechako-Lakes during the election run.”

Brooks took 12.6 per cent of the popular vote in Nechako-Lakes last year. This proved him to be more popular in this riding than his party was province-wide. Provincially, the B.C. Conservative party took only 4.78 per cent of the popular vote, while failing to capture a single seat despite running more than 50 candidates.

“I’d say [Nechako-Lakes] is a strong conservative riding that votes Liberal,” Brooks said. “Those folks are conservative and they voted Liberal because they don’t like the NDP. They will continue voting that way as long as they don’t have an option. That’s what I’m trying to provide.”

Brooks has promised to move the headquarters of the B.C. Conservative party to Kamloops if he’s elected as party leader, to better represent the importance of Northern B.C. in provincial politics and economics.

“British Columbia’s great natural resource wealth is in the interior, northern and rural parts of the province,” Brooks said. “I believe that elected representatives and decision-makers must devote more time and attention to the opportunities and challenges facing residents living in these parts of B.C.”

“We played an important role in the last election,” he added. “I realize that we didn’t win a single seat, but without the Conservative party, this would have been a choice between NDP and NDP light [the BC Liberal Party].”

“We pulled the entire political spectrum towards the right, towards free enterprise, towards a debt-free B.C., towards those kinds of conservative concepts.”

Although this tour of the Northwest was focussed on those already committed to the party, Brooks wants to reach out to those who may have never considered becoming card-carrying members of a political party.


Just Posted

Burns Lake marks 100 years since Armistice

Burns Lake residents on Nov. 11 held a Remembrance Day ceremony at… Continue reading

B.C. Legions in need of young members to continue aiding veterans into the future

Lest we forget what thousands of men and women did to fight for Canada’s freedoms – but without new membership, many Legion chapters face dwindling numbers

North Coast figure skater to star in Dancing On Ice

Carlotta Edwards learned to skate in Prince Rupert, before becoming a star with millions of viewers

Babine mill workers suspend strike

Workers at the Babine Forest Products Mill in Burns Lake have suspended… Continue reading

Aid drives come to rescue of Grassy Plains Store fire victims

Three GoFundMe webpages for fire victims.

VIDEO: Marvel Comics’ Stan Lee dies

Marvel co-creator was well-known for making cameo appearances in superhero movies

Feds dropped ball with WWI anniversary tributes: historians

Wrote one historian: ‘Other than the Vimy Ridge celebration … I think they have done a very bad job’

Sides ‘far apart’ in Canada Post talks despite mediation, says union

The lack of a breakthrough means rotating strikes will resume Tuesday

Feds’ appeal of solitary confinement decision in B.C. to be heard

Judge ruled in January that indefinite such confinement is unconstitutional, causes permanent harm

B.C. health care payroll tax approved, takes effect Jan. 1

Employers calculating cost, including property taxes increases

Nunavut urges new plan to deal with too many polar bears

Territory recommends a proposal that contradicts much of conventional scientific thinking

Shelter struggles: Landlord takes over rental unit whenever visiting B.C. town

Renter’s story highlights how hard it is to find accommodation in Revelstoke

Lack of public response threatens B.C. referendum credibility

Of the few who have voted, poll finds most rejected proportional representation

Tentative deal reached in NHL concussion lawsuit

More than 100 former players accused the league of failing to better prevent head trauma

Most Read