MLA Pat Pimm hoping for one more term

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Erica is a reporter for Moose FM and energeticcity.ca in Fort St. John, B.C. She grew up in Victoria, B.C. and received her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec.

"I feel like I can make a difference; I feel like I have made a difference in a lot of different areas within our region, and there's lots more work to do yet."

Pimm announced Wednesday night that he will again be the Liberal party's candidate for Peace River North, after no one else ran against him. Among that work is taking a look at the Carbon Tax, reducing the amount of time it takes to get permits approved to 60 days, and ensuring our community benefits if the proposed Site C dam goes through. Pimm is also turning his sights on a problem he was recently made aware of: predators.

"Predator control right now is a huge issue for our area farmers," he says, as well as cattlemen, outfitters and trappers. "Cattlemen right now are losing anywhere from $10,000 to $100,000 a year because of predators. I was astonished when I found out that one wolf will actually take down 10 animals a year."

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Predators and the agriculture industry are just one of the things Pimm says he's learned about since taking office. He's also interested in reaching out to First Nations, including attending the First Nations Chiefs meeting for the first time.

"When you first get involved in this, and I was involved in city politics for 12 years as a councillor in Fort St. John, and I thought I was fairly well rounded, and then it turned out that I really didn't know much about much."

Although Pimm doesn't yet know who he'll be running against in the spring, he feels confident he and his party having been laying the groundwork for success. He's especially proud of the natural gas report he wrote for the Minister of Energy, and signing the MOU with Fort Nelson so the area can start receiving Fair Share.

"I think I've been working hard, I think we've got a very good team, I think we've been putting a lot of thought and effort into the things that we're doing, and I think we're doing a pretty good job," he says. "Hopefully we can maintain that and get elected again next year."

However, he uses the example of this year's Chilliwack by-election, where the Liberals and Conservatives split the vote, leaving the NDP to win, as a cautionary tale.

"All we have to do is lose 13, 14 seats and we won't form government," he argues. "It doesn't take too much; if the Conservative numbers stay down around 10 per cent, then we probably have a pretty good opportunity to form government."

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Pimm says if he wins this election, it will likely be his last before retiring. The next provincial election is tentatively scheduled for May 14, 2013.

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