For incumbent Leonard Krog, being a politician has meant being paid to do a job he loves.
“If you like people, and you like making positive change, this is as good as it gets,” he said. “It’s an honour and a privilege to do this.”
Krog, who has served as MLA for Nanaimo since 2005 – he most recently served as the opposition critic for the Attorney General – and was MLA for Parksville-Qualicum from 1991-96, has spent his time advocating for things like better housing, better assistance rates and funding for Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, as well as trying to help constituents solve their problems.
“I’m out and about in the community a lot, that’s one thing I will say,” he said. “People feel comfortable coming up and talking to me about issues or just saying hello and that’s one thing I’m proud of.”
A lawyer by profession, Krog, 59, also has a history of community involvement, including: director and president of the Mid-Island Consumer Services Co-operative, chairman of the local United Way campaign, director of the Nanaimo City Centre Association, president of the Nanaimo City Bar Association, and director and president of Planned Parenthood Association’s Nanaimo branch.
He has lived in Nanaimo since 1979.
Local issues that Krog would focus on if re-elected include pursuing funding to preserve the Morden Mine concrete tipple, dealing with aging public school facilities and poverty reduction.
“There’s a whole pile of things I’m interested in,” he said. “You never want to be a single-issue politician.”
Krog’s hope, if re-elected, is that the NDP forms government this time around.
“You don’t work to spend your time in opposition criticizing constantly,” he said. “You achieve a lot more on the government side.”