Sawyer Chosen as Federal Green Party candidate for Skeena-Bulkley Valley

John Crawford

A Smithers man who has fought against natural gas pipeline projects through the northwest has been chosen as the Green Party's candidate for Skeena-Bulkley Valley, in the upcoming federal election.

Mike Sawyer was announced as the party's candidate over the weekend.


Sawyer has challenged the provincial environmental assessment certificate issued to the Coastal GasLink project, saying it should fall under federal jurisdiction -- a challenge that was rejected last month by the National Energy Board.

But he rejects the notion that he's a one-issue candidate, saying that, as a business person and a long-time resident of smaller communities in the riding, he understands the relationship between maintaining a healthy environment, a vibrant economy and healthy communities.

Sawyer will be up against the NDP's Taylor Bachrach, the Conservative's Claire Rattee, Liberal Dave Birdi, Rod Taylor of the Christian Heritage Party and Jody Craven of the People's Party of Canada, in the October 21st election.

Current New Democrat MP Nathan Cullen announced in March he would not run for re-election.  


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