Norma Blisset is running for the NDP nomination for the MLA candidate. Blisset campaigned against Bill Bennett for the Kootenay East MLA seat in the 2013 provincial election.

Cranbrook City Councillor seeks Kootenay East NDP nomination

Cranbrook City Councillor, Norma Blissett has thrown her hat in to the ring for the Kootenay East NDP nomination.

  • Jul. 8, 2016 4:00 p.m.

Cranbrook City Councillor, Norma Blissett has thrown her hat in to the ring for the Kootenay East NDP nomination.

“Running for the provincial NDP in 2013 and sitting on Cranbrook City Council have provided me with the experience necessary to run a successful provincial election campaign in 2017,” said Blissett. “I knocked on over 2,000 doors and spoke with hundreds of people over the course of the 2013 campaign.  Knowledge of the local people and local issues allowed me to successfully run for Cranbrook City Council. Since being elected I have increased my knowledge by attending numerous community events and meeting with a variety of community members.”

Blissett has lived in Cranbrook for over 20 years. She works as a science and math teacher at Mount Baker Secondary School. She was a forester before becoming a teacher and was employed by a group of East Kootenay forest companies to do forestry education in local schools. Blissett holds bachelors degrees in both forestry and education, as well as a masters degree in leadership and administration.

“I have a resource industry background. I am aware of the importance of resource industries — forestry, mining and agriculture — to our local economy and I will fight for resource industry jobs at the provincial level.”

“Being employed as a high school teacher has given me an appreciation of the issues that impact Kootenay families. I am confronted daily with the concerns of youth–affordable postsecondary education, employment opportunities, and the environment. “

“I enjoy being on Cranbrook city council and teaching at Mount Baker, so it has been a difficult decision to run again provincially “ Blissett said. “A number of people within the NDP and the community at large have encouraged me to run. It is time to put the experience that I have gained from working in forestry, education and municipal government to good use.  I am very aware of how much hard work is required to run a provincial election campaign and I am up for the challenge.”

Blissett, a mother of three adult children, says that she has the time and the energy required to devote to provincial politics.

“For the NDP to be successful in Kootenay East we need to provide a strong alternative to the BC Liberals. The residents need to know that they will be listened to and that their concerns will be advocated for at the provincial level.  The people of Cranbrook have seen from my work in the community and on city council that I will do my best to speak on their behalf. Now I must demonstrate this to the rest of the constituency.”

 

Just Posted

Elkford councillor Joe Zarowny remembered

The District of Elkford today announced the passing of long time councillor,… Continue reading

‘Police are ready’ for legal pot, say Canadian chiefs

But Canadians won’t see major policing changes as pot becomes legal

Fernie arena tragedy “wake up call” for global refrigeration industry

Technical Safety BC’s incident report shared across 60 countries, reaching as far as Poland

Lake Koocanusa under the microscope

Wildsight, Sierra Club BC, Headwaters Montana and U.S. university launch water sampling program

Province offers support ahead of Fernie arena tragedy anniversary

Loss of three men in workplace incident motivates Labour Minister to make B.C. safer

Naked man jumping into Toronto shark tank a ‘premeditated’ stunt: official

The man swam in a tank at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

Meet the City of Fernie candidates

Voters in Fernie will vote for one Mayor, six Councillors and one School Board Trustee on October 20

Meet the District of Sparwood candidates

Voters in Sparwood will vote for one Mayor and six Councillors on October 20

Meet the District of Elkford candidates

The Elkford Chamber of Commerce will host an All Candidates Forum on October 4

Transport Canada to take new look at rules, research on school bus seatbelts

Canada doesn’t currently require seatbelts on school buses

Sockeye run in Shuswap expected to be close to 2014 numbers

Salute to the Sockeye on Adams River continues until Sunday, Oct. 21 at 4 p.m.

Michelle Mungall’s baby first in B.C. legislature chamber

B.C. energy minister praises support of staff, fellow MLAs

Canucks: Pettersson in concussion protocol, Beagle out with broken forearm

Head coach Travis Green called the hit ‘a dirty play’

5 tips for talking to your kids about cannabis

Health officials recommend sharing a harm reduction-related message.

Most Read