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Bob Simpson, MLA Cariboo North I'm a Scottish immigrant, raised in a blue collar family with four younger brothers, my
 

Summary: Bob Simpson, MLA Cariboo North
I'm a Scottish immigrant, raised in a blue collar family with four younger brothers, my
Mom's youngest brother, and my Dad -- a lot of testosterone for my poor Mom to
manage, but she rose to the challenge with humour and grace. We immigrated to
Winnipeg, Manitoba from Glasgow when I was ten. After graduating from High School I
worked at an accounting firm in Winnipeg for a year until I turned seventeen and joined
the Navy. I spent time on the East Coast for basic training before being posted to a
destroyer escort based out of CFB Esquimalt in Victoria for the next two years.
In 2004 I became concerned about the direction the Province was going in and decided it
was time to get more directly involved in the political process to see if I could be a
change agent from within. I was elected as an NDP MLA in 2005 and again in 2009 in
two very close elections. I served as the NDP's Forestry Critic in my first term and as
their Critic for Aboriginal Relations after the 2009 election.
In the fall of 2010, I left the NDP to sit as an Independent. I believe that over the past few
decades, political parties have garnered too much control over our democratic institutions
to the detriment of good governance. We are now locked in a cycle of perpetual
electioneering which has created cynicism among citizens and undermines our ability to
embrace the complex and time sensitive challenges confronting us. I'm committed to
working with my constituents and British Columbians to get better government through
democratic reform and by using my freedom from the constraints of a political party to

  

Source: Aukema, Brian - ukema, Brian - Canadian Forest Service & Ecosystem Science and Management Program, University of Northern British Columbia

 

Collections: Environmental Sciences and Ecology