A locally run group is setting its sights on getting Americans living in B.C. involved in the U.S. election – and they have a candidate in mind.
There are approximately 70,000 Americans that live in B.C. that can vote in the Global Primary according to volunteer Nathanel Lowe with “BC for Bernie”, who says more Americans living here need to get involved, with their focus on voting for Bernie Sanders.
“People assume that there isn’t any way to get involved because we live here in B.C. BC for Bernie is here to help people excited by Bernie’s progressive politics realize that they can have a huge impact on the outcome of the US presidential election.”
The Global Primary takes place March 1st to 8th and the group will be holding a rally on Saturday to encourage voters that support Sanders to make their voice heard.
“The purpose is to get people excited and plugged into Bernie Sanders campaign to turn out more voters for Super Tuesday on March 1st. We’ll give a national campaign update, get people signed up to phone bank (to call votes in the States), and watch the Nevada caucus results come in.”
Lowe says that his personal situation is a good example of why people should vote for Sanders. He says that he graduated after the 2008 financial crisis and was drowning in student debt. He found it hard to pay all of his loans while trying to find a decent job to keep him a float. He says that Sanders’ plan to go after the more wealthy, excites him because in his opinion the American economy is rigged and it’s time to say enough is enough.
Lowe also noted that Sanders has talked a lot about Canada’s single payer health care and why it makes sense.
“Bernie talks a lot about Canada’s single-payer healthcare system as clearly a common sense policy. As Americans, we’re stunned by how affordable and easy it is to use. When we first got married, we had to pay healthcare out of pocket because her employer wouldn’t provide it. And it wasn’t cheap!”
The rally takes place this Saturday at Cedar Cottage Neighborhood Pub from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.