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REPORTING · 15th November 2010
Walter McFarlane
Michelle deLisser introduced herself as being born and raised in Kitimat. She said she was encouraged to run in the by-election. Although people have questioned her lack of experience, she assured everyone she was committed, motivated and ready to tackle any challenge which comes her way. She stated her education is her asset.

“I have committed during this election to represent the youth of Kitimat and I’ve taken it as my responsibility to talk to others and ask, what do you want for our community? Their responses are plentiful with the main one, of course, being economic stimulation,” said deLisser.

She stated this is something the community and the Council must work to achieve. She stated they must continue to work to support small businesses and heavy industries. She encouraged Rio Tinto Alcan’s Modernization and accepted LNG’s future within the community.

“I do not believe that Kitimat should be solely based as a retirement community. We need a natural balance encouraging young families who want to start a life here. We could not afford to see any more school closures, education or health budget cuts or economic failures,” said deLisser.

She spoke about mending relationships within the town and arguing has only got the town deeper in the rut. She stated it was not the responsibility of the Candidates to save Kitimat but the responsibility of the community.