One of the fired Vancouver School Board Trustees is hoping to land a new job… in Victoria.
Former Green party Trustee Janet Fraser will contest this spring’s provincial election in the Vancouver-Langara riding for the B.C. Greens.
It was three months ago that the minister of education sacked Vancouver’s school board after it balked at passing a balanced budget that would have shaved about $22-million in program funding from the district.
And there’s little doubt Janet Fraser will be stumping on Public Education.
“The cuts are too deep and have too great an impact. That is the piece that I will be taking forward. We need to do better by our public students in BC.”
Fraser has lived in the riding for the last 15 years, and says she’s developed deep ties to her Marpole neighbourhood.
The BC Greens elected their first MLA, party leader Andrew Weaver in the last provincial election, and have never won a seat in the Lower Mainland, but Fraser says she’s undaunted by the underdog position.
“You know it’s a bit of a challenge, but I think in the municipal elections, you know we had our best results ever with a councillor, two park board commissioners, and myself at shcool board, so I think there is the appetite for looking to the Green party for a different way of doing politics.”
The seat is being vacated by BC Liberal incumbent and former cabinet minister Moira Stillwell, and that party is running lawyer Michael Lee. The NDP have yet to choose a
The NDP have yet to choose a candidate.