BC Conservative Party members, from across the Fraser Nicola electoral district, gathered on Dec. 1 in the Cache Creek community hall.
“Today’s event was to officially bring into existence the BC Conservative Party Constituency Association for Fraser Nicola,” declared Regional Director Alan Forseth, “… and secondly to hear the announcement of the first person who has declared they will seek the nod of members to run in next May’s provincial election.”
Elected to the first board were Dan Cummings of Savona, Wayne Ferguson of Seton Portage, Ted Lund of Merritt, Patrick Mulldoon of Logan Lake, Shaun Freeman of Savona, as well as Michael Beauclair of Merritt.
Following the election of the board members, Forseth then went on to announce that Merritt resident Michael Beauclair was the first person approved to seek the nomination for Fraser Nicola.
Beauclair, who has worked in forestry for over 24 years, introduced himself to the members present.
“I believe that the key to prosperity, in extracting natural resources, is free-market system that is based on honest weights and measures,” he told them. “I also believe in, and am a strong advocate of, value-added manufacturing of forest products.
“We have all seen first hand the every increasing job loses in the forest industry in recent years. We must ensure that we extract more value from our forests to, sustain both employment now, and into the future.”
In the weeks and months ahead Michael will engage the people of the Fraser-Nicola, and promote the ideals of the BC Conservative Party, as he campaigns to win the party’s nomination.