Incumbent BC Liberal Party candidate for Fraser Nicola Jackie Tegart. (Submitted photo)

Fraser-Nicola candidate Q&A: Jackie Tegart

Learn more about BC Liberal Party candidate Jackie Tegart

Tell us, briefly, about your background, where you call home, your political experience and why you decided to run this year?

I was first elected MLA for Fraser Nicola in 2013 and have served two terms. Prior to entering provincial politics, I was on Ashcroft Council and spent 17 years on school board including as president of the BC School Trustees. I have also worked in business development, regional economic development and owned a business.

I am running because the Interior of BC and rural communities need strong voices in Victoria. I have lived most of my life and raised my family in Ashcroft, so I know how important it is to create jobs and healthy communities to attract young families. I understand the importance of providing services in rural communities, and the importance of agriculture and resource industries. I also understand that we want to protect our environment, maintain our way of life, and keep our communities safe. I care about these issues and that is why I am running.

What do you see as the top three issues facing Hope and area currently and over the next decade?

Health and safety are upper most in people’s mind as we go through this election during a worldwide pandemic.

So keeping our community and community members, especially our seniors, healthy and safe during the pandemic is an immediate issue, however an equally important issue is ensuring that the economy recovers so that government can provide the services and programs that are important to Hope and area residents such as ensuring that we have access to the best local healthcare services possible, that we have appropriate and affordable housing for our seniors as they age, that we have a safe community with services for our most vulnerable, and that we continue to protect our environment.

An important aspect to having a healthy economy in Hope is addressing the addiction, mental health and homelessness issue. This is essential to help all people live healthy and productive lives, and to make communities safe.

How do you balance Hope’s needs with the needs of the more economically depressed communities in the district?

In all communities I listen to local residents to hear from them what their needs are and help them to address those needs in a number of ways depending on what the specific need is. I also work closely with local councils and electoral area directors, as well as federal government representatives so that we have a coordinated approach to addressing the region’s needs.

Although our communities have many similar needs, some have less capacity to access the resources they need because they do not have staff and are largely dependent on volunteers. Where this is the case, I work hard to help them identify grant funding and assist them to access the resources, programs and services they need. I also work hard to address Hope’s needs however they may require a different approach. I balance all Fraser Nicola communities’ needs equally but may advocate for them in different ways.

BC Housing is planning for a 52-unit supportive housing building in Hope. How do you see this proposed build filling the need in the community and what other, if any, housing investments would you advocate for if elected?

I understand that affordable, supportive housing is required in Hope, however it is essential that any supportive housing also include very necessary wrap around services and staffing. Housing alone is not enough, and many residents of supportive housing need a full spectrum of care and real opportunities to beat their addictions and lead healthy and productive lives. This must be provided.

In addition, I understand that there is a need for affordable housing for seniors and I would advocate for investment in appropriate housing to support seniors as they age so that they can remain in their community near friends and family, and still get the care they need.

What kind of a relationship do you think an MLA should have with First Nations in the district and, if elected, what are concrete steps you would take to build this relationship?

I reach out to all communities in Fraser Nicola, including First Nations communities, to build personal and professional relationships and I would continue to do that. I also encourage communities, organizations and people to be inclusive, respectful, and to work together. We are all here to stay, and I believe that together we are stronger.

Tell us one surprising or unique thing about yourself.

I have twin daughters.

BC Votes 2020

Just Posted

Jacqueline Pearce and Jean-Pierre Antonio received the BC Historical Federation Best Article Award on Saturday for their story about translating haiku written in the Tashme internment camp.
Article chronicling haiku in Japanese internment camp near Hope wins award

Tashme Haiku Club’s work was preserved and recently translated, authors write

Kindergarten kids from Evans elementary school in Chilliwack painted rocks with orange hearts and delivered them to Sto:lo Elders Lodge recently after learning about residential schools. (Laura Bridge photo)
Kindergarten class paints rocks with orange hearts in Chilliwack for local elders

‘Compassion and empathy’ being shown by kids learning about residential schools

Chilliwack potter Cathy Terepocki (left) and Indigenous enhancement teachers Val Tosoff (striped top) and Christine Seymour (fuchsia coat), along with students at Vedder middle school, look at some of the 500-plus pinch pots on Thursday, June 10 made by the kids to honour the 215 children found at Kamloops Indian Residential School. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Chilliwack students make hundreds of tiny clay pots in honour of 215 Indigenous children

‘I think the healing process has begun,’ says teacher about Vedder middle school project

Dennis Saulnier rescued his daughters, two-year-old Brinley (left) and four-year-old Keegan, after their truck was driven off the road and into Cultus Lake on May 16, 2020. Reporter Jenna Hauck has been recognized by the B.C. and Yukon Community Newspapers Association for her story on the rescue. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)
Chilliwack Progress, Hope Standard staff take home 7 Ma Murray awards

Jenna Hauck, Eric Welsh, Jessica Peters, Emelie Peacock all earn journalism industry recognition

Protecting our elders: It’s up to all of us to look out for them

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is June 15

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a plenary session at the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, England on Friday June 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada donating 13M surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries

Trudeau says the government will pay for 87 million shots to be distributed to poor countries

Premier John Horgan speaks as provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, right, and health minister Adrian Dix look on during a press conference to update on the province’s fall pandemic preparedness plan during a press conference from the press theatre at Legislature in Victoria, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. officials to provide details on Step 2 of COVID reopening plan Monday

Step 2 could allow for larger gatherings and a resumption of recreational travel

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller is seen during a news conference, Wednesday May 19, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Indigenous child-welfare battle heads to court despite calls for Ottawa to drop cases

Feds are poised to argue against two Canadian Human Rights Tribunal rulings

The Great Ogopogo Bathtub Race has been held in Summerland as a fundraising event. Do you know which Canadian city introduced this sport? (Black Press file photo)
QUIZ: A summer’s day at the water

How much do you know about boats, lakes and water?

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod laughs while playing with Lucky the puppy outside their Chilliwack home on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: B.C. family finds ‘perfect’ puppy with limb difference for 2-year-old Ivy

Ivy has special bond with Lucky the puppy who was also born with limb difference

A million-dollar ticket was sold to an individual in Vernon from the Lotto Max draw Friday, June 11, 2021. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Lottery ticket worth $1 million sold in Vernon

One lucky individual holds one of 20 tickets worth $1 million from Friday’s Lotto Max draw

“65 years, I’ve carried the stories in my mind and live it every day,” says Jack Kruger. (Athena Bonneau)
‘Maybe this time they will listen’: Survivor shares stories from B.C. residential school

Jack Kruger, living in Syilx territory, wasn’t surprised by news of 215 children’s remains found on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School

A logging truck carries its load down the Elaho Valley near in Squamish, B.C. in this file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chuck Stoody
Squamish Nation calls for old-growth logging moratorium in its territory

The nation says 44% of old-growth forests in its 6,900-square kilometre territory are protected while the rest remain at risk

Most Read