For the past seven years, Dennis Adamson has dove head first into the local political field as the Fraser Valley Regional District’s Area B director.
And Adamson, who is representing the NDP, now believes he’s ready to take the next step and represent the area on the federal level.
“At the local government level I’m limited to the number of people I can help,” he said. “At the federal level it would expand my ability to help more people and that’s exactly what I want to do.”
He said his seven years as director gives him an advantage over his opponents in the federal election.
“I’m aware of the local issues and I’ve already made useful connections with other politicians and stakeholders in the community and those connections would help me solve other people’s problems,” he said. “I’ve been able to resolve difficult issues for my constituents because I think outside the box.”
Adamson pointed to a recent school shutdown in Yale that he helped transform into a community centre as an example of his creative ideas.
He said the biggest issues in the riding are good-paying local jobs, healthcare and the protection of the environment.
“The NDP will create 40,000 training and apprentice opportunities for young people,” he said. “We’re also trying to kickstart the manufacturing sector and make investments in public transit. Environmentally, big polluters should pay for the cost of their pollution, and we would invest in renewable energy.”
Adamson said infrastructure is another big issue in the riding.
“The Harper government has let us down in that way,” he said. “We need to invest public money back into it. It puts people back to work and gets money floating around in the economy.”
He said people want a new energy in Ottawa and the NDP can provide that.
“People just aren’t happy with the current government,” he said. “Whenever I do door knocking it’s always one thing or another.It’s time for a change and I think people want change.”