South Okanagan—West Kootenay
Member of Parliament for South Okanagan—West Kootenay
- As a biologist, Richard has spent his life working tirelessly to protect BC’s environment. Richard brought this commitment to Ottawa in 2015 when he was elected Member of Parliament for South Okanagan–West Kootenay.
- Richard knows Canada must act now to stop climate change. He’s standing with Jagmeet and the NDP to take bold action on wasteful plastics and create thousands of good quality green jobs for Canadians across the country.
- Before running for public office, Richard served on many provincial and national boards and was the author of several award-winning books. He was named BC’s Biologist of the Year in 1996 and has deep local roots in the Okanagan Valley.
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