Just after 9:40 p.m., on Tuesday, May 14, Global News called a Liberal government for the province’s 40th general election.
In the Fraser-Nicola riding, BC Liberal Jackie Tegart was declared the new MLA.
“I knew going in it was going to be tough running against an incumbent who had served for so long,” said Tegart, “but we worked really hard and I have an incredibly awesome team who made it all possible.”
Tegart says she is “excited and is very much looking forward to working with the communities” within her riding.
She believes in the strength of rural BC communities, “we are resilient,” she said. While speaking on topics of healthcare, education, resources and industry support, Tegart mentions that “sometimes a one size fits all solution doesn’t work,” adding that, “we as rural BC must make those making the rules understand—we need to make sure our voices are heard.”
What Jackie Tegart stands for: – source www.jackietegart.ca
“Viable Representation: A strong, credible voice in Victoria that understands our regional issues,
Strong Communities: Innovative, sustainable job creation and business opportunities,
Balanced Budget: Experienced, prudent and transparent management of public funds,
Focused on Families: Support for all family members by strengthening programs and services and creating new opportunities to meet needs,
Accountable Leadership: Accessible and visionary planning and management of resources and community needs beyond the four year election cycle.”
Tegart feels she has an “understanding of community.” She was born in Princeton, B.C., her parents met at Allenby and both her father and grandfather worked at the mine.
She has lived in Ashcroft, B.C., for 50 years. Tegart was married for 34 years (widowed) has four children and is excitedly waiting for the arrival of her ninth grandchild—any day now.
Her work experience incudes; BC Healthy Communities Interior Region Facilitator, Self Employment Coordinator for Community Futures and partner in Painted Ladies Gallery and Gifts.
Tegart has gained experience through her community and leadership roles; she has served 17 years as a School Board Member, 15 years as School Board Chair, served as president of the BC School Trustees Association and is currently serving her third term on the Ashcroft Village Council.
To learn more about Jackie Tegart visit her website www.jackietegart.ca She also has a Facebook page: www.facebook.com/pages/Jackie-Tegart
According to the Elections BC website, the preliminary voting results are;
Fraser-Nicola initial count: Michael Beauclair – Conservative: 832, John Kidder -Green Part): 1,174, Harry Lali – NDP: 4,785 and Jackie Tegart -Liberal: 5,539.
Seats in the legislature; BC Liberal Party 50, BC NDP 33, Green Party of BC 1 and Vicki Huntington, Independent 1.