Murray McNab does not align himself with any of the four major political parties in B.C.
The Conservatives, the Green Party, the Liberals and the NDP all have ideas that he can get behind, but they also all have ideas he doesn’t like as well.
McNab, 55, is running as an independent because he wants to be able to vote for the best idea, regardless of which party is suggesting it, rather than having to toe a party line.
“I thought as an independent, I could vote for issues that made sense,” he said.
McNab has lived in Yellow Point for more than 50 years, except for a year-long trip around the world when he 19.
He holds a diploma in mining technology from the B.C. Institute of Technology and works for Nanaimo company Herold Engineering, as well as operating McNab’s Corn Maze in Yellow Point each fall.
Previous work experience includes a mining company in Vancouver, an engineering company in Nanaimo, and the Municipality of North Cowichan.
McNab’s community involvement resumé includes stints on the Nanaimo Airport Commission, the advisory planning commission for Area H of the Cowichan Valley Regional District, founding member of the North Oyster and Area Historical Society and he is now part of the parks commission for Area H of the CVRD.
Top priorities for McNab if elected include preserving the dams in Colliery Dam Park – he wants the province to step in and give the city better direction – and a more affordable coastal ferry system.
“It has to go back to being a true Crown corporation,” he said, adding that he would look at other revenue sources for the corporation.
Also running as an independent in Nanaimo-North Cowichan are Doug Routley (NDP); Mayo McDonough (Green); Amanda Jacobson (B.C. Liberals); John Sherry (B.C. Conservatives); and Anna Paddon, who could not be reached prior to deadline.