Green party candidate for the Prince George-Peace Region-Northern Rockies riding Elizabeth Biggar is taking her campaign on the road, but not in the typical fashion.
She plans to walk to Dawson Creek with a backpack, a Canadian flag, and a campaign sign fastened to her back.
Biggar hopes that people will do some research on the Green party’s platform when they see her walking on the highway – she wants to bring more awareness to climate refugees with this walk, herself.
“We have a super small budget, it’s really hard to compete with the other three parties,” she said. “So I thought this would be a good way to get word out that I’m running.”
One of the biggest topics on the Green platform is ending subsidies for fossil fuels – the party wants to redirect that money into ‘green’ infrastructure.
Biggar says people she has spoken to are scared that the Greens will ‘take away oil field jobs.’
She insists instead the party would instead train workers more sustainable methods – and use those workers for aforementioned infrastructure initiatives.
“It’s not scary to be an oil worker and vote Green.” she said.
The distance between Fort St. John and Dawson Creek is about 70 km, and Biggar is walking as far as she can go, as she is recovering from pneumonia.
Her brother, Richard Biggar, is running for the Green party in Nova Scotia’s South Shore—St. Margarets riding. He is also walking for his campaign in a similar fashion that Elizabeth is.
Biggar is running against incumbent Conservative candidate Bob Zimmer, Liberal Matt Shaw, the NDP’s Kathi Dickie, and Libertarian Todd Keller in the upcoming election on October 19th.