As part of their Election Coverage, the Daily News is asking questions of the candidates and printing their replies in the Wednesday and Friday editions of the paper.
The following was the "Pressing Question" for Wednesday, April 29, 2009
What kind of investment is necessary for the North Coast?
Gary Coons -- New Democratic Party
I believe that we must invest in our greatest resource ... the people of Be. I believe that a fair and just society is determined by how it treats its most vulnerable citizens.
We need to restore Campbell's cuts to health care, education and to our social safety net.
We must realize that small businesses are the core to any community and that post -secondary opportunities must be accessible and affordable.
It's nice to bring in mega-projects but investing directly in our communities, sharing the wealth of our region and focusing on the services, resources and opportunities will reap benefits for all.
Lisa Girbav – Green Party
The most important investment we could make is pushing forward the construction of the sewage treatment plant in Prince Rupert.
Currently we dump our sewage straight into the harbour.
This contaminates the sea life in the harbour along with the beach and is simply an embarrassment.
Constructing the plant would provide local jobs as well as cleanup up our "pristine" coastline.
Herb Pond—Liberal Party of British Columbia
Prince Rupert is the transportation hub for the region. Investment in port and transportation infrastructure is vital. Investing in community forestry and seafood and connecting them to the hub will expand the benefits.
On the north coast land development costs are extremely high and hold us back. Policies that recognize this fact would assist in attracting private sector development in retail and industrial services.
Invest in an effective road and ferry system between Metlakatla, Lax Kw' alaams, the airport and Prince Rupert.
We must invest in our people. Today an educated trained workforce is crucial for success.