VICTORIA — The British Columbia government's handling of the health-care file has prompted a Vernon, B.C., resident to launch a recall campaign against her local New Democrat member of the legislature.
Genevieve Ring says Vernon-Monashee MLA Harwinder Sandhu should be recalled because she is part of the NDP government that has failed residents of British Columbia on the critical issues of COVID-19 and health care.
Ring says she is not prepared to wait for the next election scheduled for the fall of 2024 to make changes to improve health care.
Elections BC says in a statement it has received a petition application from Ring that meets the requirements of the Recall and Initiative Act and will issue the petition on Aug. 12.
Sandhu says she will not be intimidated by those she calls "a small group of extreme activists that do not represent the vast majority of people" in the riding.
The MLA, who worked as a registered nurse at Vernon's Royal Jubilee Hospital before being elected in 2020, says she stands behind the decisions the government has made to keep residents and frontline workers safe during the pandemic.
"I have worked really hard to represent all people of Vernon-Monashee diligently and I will continue to do so every day because I am so proud of the people I represent," Sandhu said in a statement on Monday.
In order for the recall petition to be successful, Elections BC says canvassers must collect signatures from 40 per cent of eligible voters, or 21,268 people, by Oct. 11.
Of the 26 previously approved petitions since the act came into force in 1995, it says none have resulted in the recall of an MLA.
"There has to be some duty that they feel toward the people they are supposed to represent, and she has done nothing," Ring said, referring to Sandhu. "I would say the NDP has botched these whole two years and she's part of it."
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 8, 2022.
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Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said the petition would be issued Aug. 11.