KAMLOOPS — Cathy McLeod is seeking her fourth term as the Conservative MP for the Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo riding.
McLeod announced her intent for the 2019 federal election today, Oct. 12, after she was nominated as a candidate a few months ago.
"This weekend I spent a lot of time talking with family, talking with friends and realized I still have the energy, the passion, and the support of my family to put my name forward," McLeod says. "I was nominated as a candidate a number of months ago but always said I was going to make the final decision a year out."
McLeod mentions issues like the Trans Mountain pipeline and her support for that project, among other things she wants to continue fighting for for local residents.
She adds she has significant concerns about some of the current Liberal government's policies and the direction things are going in. She says she looks forward to being part of Andrew Scheer's Conservative team.
"I hope that people will perceive that I've done a good job for them over the last number of years," McLeod says. "Certainly we've tried to deliver well for the people in the riding."
In terms of her efforts toward non-partisan issues, McLeod points to the federal government's response to the wildfires in B.C. this summer, when she worked with public safety minister Ralph Goodale and national defence minister Harjit Sajjan.
"This was not a political issue, this was communities in desperate need and so we worked together on those particular issues," McLeod says.
Another issue McLeod says both sides can agree on is the suicide rate among Indigenous youth and how to mitigate that. McLeod is the front bench official opposition critic for Indigenous affairs, and says there has been plenty of work done toward the issue that included MPs from all parties.
She adds that she wants to see the federal government take more leadership when it comes to the opioid crisis.
"I mean, when you have community members that are having to start their own needle buyback programs, we clearly, clearly have a problem with what we're doing."
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