Old school, new school for Green candidate

  • Mar. 30, 2009 8:00 p.m.

North Coast Green Party candidate Lisa Girbav says her campaign for a seat in the provincial legislature will combine old school and new school techniques. Just 19 years old, Ms Girbav said she will have no problem using new methods like facebook and other networking sites to promote her views. She’s already launched an open facebook group called “North Coast Greens” with 76 members at last count. But she’s also excited about learning what she calls “old school” campaign strategies, like door-knocking and debating. She hasn’t done any door-to-door campaigning just yet, but said she is ready to put all her energy into the election as soon as the writ is officially dropped April 14. The provincial election will be held four weeks after that, on May 12. Right now, Ms Girbav, who graduated from Charles Hayes Secondary two years ago, is working part-time at a cafe in Terrace. But after April 14, she’ll be spending all her time in the riding working on her campaign. “I’m pretty excited,” she said. “I’ve been learning as I’m going along.” Ms Girbav credits her older brother with getting her interested in politics. She joined the Green party because she firmly supported their ideas. When the riding started looking for a candidate earlier this year, she decided to put her name forward. “I thought it would be the perfect venue for getting my word out there,” she said. “I’d like to see everything in this community becoming as sustainable as possible.” She said it wasn’t easy becoming the candidate, even though she was the only person interested. She had to pass an hour-long interview with BC party leader Jane Sterk, and then she had to collect 100 signatures from riding residents. She is the youngest Green party candidate in the province and may be the youngest from any party, although that won’t be clear until after nominations close April 24. Ms Girbav is looking forward to visiting Haida Gwaii, and said she will probably be here for the Haida Gwaii Teachers’ Association education forum on April 21.

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