qathet Regional District Electoral Area C candidate: Robert Higgin

Electoral Area C includes Stillwater and Saltery Bay, Black Point, Lang Bay, Kelly Creek and areas from Whalen Road to Jervis Inlet. Three candidates are vying to fill the position currently held by retiring director Colin Palmer. Each was asked to submit a short bio and tell residents why they deserve support in the general election on Saturday, October 20.

Here is the response from Robert Higgin:

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Many Canadians cannot make it over the threshold of modern financial life due to variety of reasons.

Powell River pioneer families who faced similar conditions and attitudes were the foundation of much of the current strength of our community.

In Sweden and the United States there are family owned tree farms where saw logs and value-added forest products are the prime focus. Sweden boasts 350,000 private tree farmers (38 per cent are women) and an increasing volume of living tree mass.

Opening more crown land by the pre-emption process and providing intensive training programs would answer a vital need for Canadian society and increase the working population in our regional district.

The biggest issues qRD will face from 2018 to 2021 are: sustainable forest management, structuring environmental and recreational area safeguards; and increasing the working population of the district.

My background includes being a carpenter, mountain guide and innkeeper.

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