Luke Bonsan isn’t a household name, but the Green Party candidate in the upcoming Saskatchewan byelection for the riding of Lloydminster hopes that will change after Nov. 13.
A former resident of the Border City, he is hoping to make some history in the riding as the province’s first Green MLA.
“Elizabeth May was a party of one, and she gets a lot done federally. She gets her voice heard, and she brings up a lot of things that otherwise would be ignored in Parliament,” said Bonsan.
“Like Ms. May, I would represent my constituents’ concerns above any business interest, and I think far too often in politics people tend to fall away from representing their constituents over other interests.”
Bonsan said that if elected, he would represent the people first over any other issue.
As to why he put his name forward in the byelection, Bonsan said that he has a good understanding of what the issues are in the riding of Lloydminster.
“I think that the Green Party is the best option for the people of Lloydminster … I would say that the biggest issue in the riding of Lloydminster would be land rights and surface rights for the energy sector,” he said.
“I feel that the rights are far too skewed towards the energy companies, and that the land owners don’t have enough rights, to get a good deal for the resources on their lands.”
In the 2011 general election, Green Party candidate Meggan Hougham gained only 4.49 per cent of the votes cast.
Bonsan said that the Green Party is gaining traction across the province when it comes to the energy sector in the province.
“In regards to the energy sector, changing over to energy policy, royalties, many energy policies are applying to people in this riding. When you look around, there isn’t a lot being said about them,” he said.
“No party really has a new vision for the issues that are affecting the energy sector in the Lloydminster area.” But the Green Party is willing to improve on those areas that have been neglected, according to Bonsan.
Bonsan took the weekend to knock on doors around the riding, and he has been hearing different issues come up talking to the people, including the topic of education.
“(The Saskatchewan Green Party) wants to have free tuition for postsecondary education, and it has been one of the policies that the Green Party of Saskatchewan has pushed for, for some time now.
“In Norway, it has worked, the more educated the general public you have, generally the higher income earners you have.”
On the issue of health care, Bonsan said that the need more long-term beds is a must.
“Instead of just switching locations for hospitals,” he said.
“Too often when you see hospitals close, you see less hospitals bed, and yet that is supposed to be helpful.”
Bonsan said that the Saskatchewan Green Party has a solution to all the province’s education and health care needs.