Green party picks candidate for Maple Ridge-Mission

Parties gearing up for B.C. general election coming in May

  • Jan. 5, 2017 7:00 a.m.
Peter Tam is running for Green party in Maple Ridge-Mission.

Peter Tam is running for Green party in Maple Ridge-Mission.

Peter Tam is trying again to be elected as a Green party candidate in Maple Ridge.

Tam was nominated in late December to run for the B.C. Green Party in Maple Ridge-Mission in next May’s provincial election.

Tam represented the federal Green party in the 2015 election, but it’s the first time that he’s run for the Greens provincially.

His major concern locally is the quality of education in schools.

“A lot of our young people are not doing as well as others,” he said.

Even though the Green party’s chances against the Liberals or NDP are slim, Tam said the Green party wants to run in order to raise issues.

“Look at Donald Trump. Look at the NDP in Alberta,” he pointed out.

He said on the Green party website that Green party policies, values and culture “provide a perfect platform for me as an MLA to help transform our community and province to become a more prosperous and harmonious place for all citizens.”

Tam currently works for NAV CANADA as a national technical data management system analyst. He’s also a local musician, is on the board of the Haney Rotary club, and is also on the 31st BP Guild, a group that supports local scout and guiding groups.

Tam also ran for the Greens in the 2011 federal election and for Maple Ridge council in the 2011 election.

B.C. Green party leader Andrew Weaver will be in the riding on Jan. 19 at sustainable meal held at Camp Whonnock scout hall in east Maple Ridge.

Bob D’Eith has been acclaimed as the NDP candidate in the riding, while Liberal MLA Marc Dalton is seeking a third term.