Cariboo-Prince George has a new Liberal candidate for the upcoming federal election Oct. 14.
Drew Adamick, who will turn 20 next month just before the federal election takes place, is a third-year political science student at the University of Northern British Columbia. He says he’s excited about running and hopes that as a young person he will bring attention to issues that affect the younger generation.
“It’s going to be a good experience for me, particularly for someone my age,” says Adamick who found out Monday that he was officially the Liberal member of parliament candidate for Cariboo Prince-George.
“I decided to run because I’m just concerned about the ways things are going in Ottawa right now and in Parliament,” he says. “If you watch some of these politicians, they act like children. Actually, no, sorry. That’s an insult to children.”
He is concerned how current decisions will reflect on the younger generations, he says, because they are the ones who will be left with the consequences.
“If things get screwed up, we’re the ones who are going to have to clean it up, and I’m just concerned we’re not leaving an appropriate legacy.”
Adamick was born in Vancouver, but lived in Williams Lake from 1993 to 2003 and attended Anne Stevenson Secondary School before it closed. He then moved to Prince George, where he has lived since.
The state of democracy, the Mountain Pine Beetle, and a passenger rail service are issues Adamick feels strongly about.
“Harper has been ramming though bills like crazy, declaring everything a confidence motion and not consulting with the Opposition parties as they should be doing in a minority parliament.”
He says he’s concerned about the Conservative’s bullying direction and says that if there is going to be a minority government, other parties’
viewpoints should be taken into consideration.
“That stuff just adds fuel to the fire for cynicism, and as a young person, I am concerned about how that will affect our democracy.”
He adds that the federal Conservative government’s response to the Mountain Pine Beetle has been a “fiasco.”
“They promised a billion dollars over 10 years. We’ve only seen a fraction of that,” he says, adding that some of that money was reallocated to Prince George, Kamloops, and Kelowna airport extensions. While those extensions should be done, he says, infrastructure funds should pay for the costs.
“Mountain Pine Beetle funding should be put in place to deal with Mountain Pine beetle effects. The lack of coordination between the provincial, federal and local authorities on that front is just ridiculous,” he says, adding that the Liberals have proposed to spend $250 million over four years on the effects of the pine beetle.
Adamick, who also focuses on environmental, economic, and transportations issues, says that if elected, he would try to get a passenger rail service from Prince George to Vancouver running again.
“That should not have been cut,” he says. “The provincial government made a mistake in cutting an alternative transportation option.”
As to what he feels his chances of winning are, Adamick says it’s going to be a challenge.
“It’s going to be an uphill battle, but it’s a win. I’m in it for the experience as well too,” he says. “Let the people make up their minds. I’ll present my case; the other candidates will present theirs. We’ll know on election night.”
Adamick is also a volunteer with Ducks Unlimited Canada, has volunteered for the BC Heart and Stroke Foundation, and the 2002 BC Winter Games in Williams Lake.
At UNBC, he was elected as an undergraduate student representative on the school’s Senate this April. He is working toward a bachelor of arts in political science and is taking a minor in northern studies and a certificate in public administration.