Bryce Casavant, a former conservation officer in Port Hardy is hoping for the NDP nomination in the new riding of Courtenay – Comox
“I made a decision that I stood behind and was held accountable for that” said Bryce Casavant in an interview with CHEK News as he spoke about his decision to put his hat in the ring as a NDP nominee for Courtenay – Comox.
The 33 year old Casavant says making tough decisions in the past has prepared him for what he hopes is the next chapter in his life as an MLA.
“What’s really driving me to run for the NDP in this battleground riding is the change in the electoral boundaries and that’s really my drive to step up, to step up to the plate. I think I’m an electable candidate, I’m a military veteran, I care about our environment and I think that makes me electable in the riding” he added.
Casavant acknowledges he is best known for what happened in Port Hardy in July 2015.
That is when as a BC Conservation Officer he took two young bears from a home where their mother had broke into someone’s freezer.
His superiors ordered him to put them down but he did not and it eventually cost him his job. But it also resulted in a massive public campaign to support him.
Even Ricky Gervais commented about it on social media.
Casavant does not want it to define him, but knows it will no hurt either.
“Yeah I mean it’s no secret, I’m not afraid of taking a stand and making tough decisions when they need to be made and I think the most important thing though is I’m willing to be held accountable for those decisions that I make and I think that’s the main quality we need in political leadership” said Casavant.
He says senior’s care, clean water issues and sustainable jobs are three priorities of his in the Courtenay – Comox riding.
He also wants to do better for conservation officers.
“I really believe that some of the staffing issues in the Conservation Officer Service need to be dealt with. It’s one of the issues that’s near and dear to my heart and I stand behind every conservation officers in this province” he added.
No other nominees have come forward to oppose Casavant but his nomination will not become official until the party holds a convention.
A date has not been set.