Independent candidate Brent Bush backs NDP

Independent candidate Brent Bush is throwing his support behind NDP candidate Mark Shmigelsky.

Independent candidate Brent Bush

Independent candidate Brent Bush is throwing his support behind NDP candidate Mark Shmigelsky.

“I’m asking voters who are planning to vote independent, Green and Liberal and those who are undecided, to vote for Mark Shmigelsky on Monday,” Bush told The Free Press on Thursday morning. “He has the best chance of beating the Conservatives.”

Even though Bush is in agreement with David Wilks on some issues like the long-gun registry and the future of the Flathead Valley, he said he is deeply concerned about what would happen if Stephen Harper’s Conservatives were to form a majority government.

“This isn’t about David Wilks. This is about Stephen Harper’s Conservatives and his vision for Canada,” he said.

Bush said that the secrecy of the Harper government and their control over federal MPs found the Harper government in contempt for the first time in the history of the commonwealth.

“Voters have to understand that if they vote for David Wilks because they agree with his views on the long-gun registry, that this will come with a lot of baggage,” said Bush.

“A rookie MP like Wilks will have little voice in Parliament for his constituents.”

However, David Wilks has responded to the comments by saying the Conservative party is the only party that cares about the needs of rural B.C.

“The NDP do not care about the concerns of the people living in Kootenay-Columbia,” he said.

“This is demonstrated by Jack Layton forcing his members to vote to keep the long gun registry, and why he told his members to vote against every single tax cut measure we put forward.

“It is clear that the only party that represents the needs of the people of Kootenay Columbia is the Conservative Party.”

The general election is on May 2. For more information on voter registration and the election visit Elections Canada at


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