Blair Herbert is the Liberal candidate for the Cowichan-Malahat-Langford riding in the upcoming October federal election. (Photo submitted)

Blair Herbert is the Liberal candidate for the Cowichan-Malahat-Langford riding in the upcoming October federal election. (Photo submitted)

Environment and economy key issues for Liberal’s Cowichan-Malahat-Langford candidate

Herbert campaign focuses on party’s investments in both areas

The Liberal Party of Canada acclaimed Blair Herbert Thursday to represent Cowichan-Malahat-Langford in the next federal election on Oct. 21.

Born in Ottawa as part of a military family, Herbert moved often with his family and learned early about the value of finding common ground and building new relationships quickly – qualities he embraces to this day.

He finished his schooling in Edmonton after his family’s military career ended. Herbert then launched his career and served as an RCMP officer in St. Walberg, Saskatchewan; investigator for the Provincial Ombudsman’s Office; and Federal Immigration Officer settling refugees of the Vietnam War.

For the last 35 years, he has worked in the construction and real estate industry, settling in the Cowichan Valley.

With four grown children and six grandchildren, Herbert has found new roots in farming in the Valley. Chickens, bees, dogs, cats and various crops keep him and his wife busy.

The changing environment is a key reason motivating Herbert to throw his hat into the ring for this election.

This is seen as a critical election for the environment and Herbert’s campaign manager Randy Worthingham stresses the Liberals have committed $61 million to address threats to the southern resident whale population and $1.5 billion to the Oceans Protection Plan to improve marine safety and protect Indigenous and other coastal communities.

“Plastics are on everyone’s mind, as we see them lying in ditches and washing up on our beaches, and the Liberals have initiatives to address this growing concern,” Worthingham continued. “Simply stated, the Liberal government’s climate commitments constitute an unprecedented investment in transit, infrastructure and renewable energy, in addition to putting a price on pollution, all in order to drive down greenhouse gas emissions.

“While the challenges in the environment are critical, the economy needs to remain strong. Under the Liberal government, over one million jobs have been created and 300,000 children have been lifted out of poverty. Families in the riding need a strong economy to be able to provide them with work, an affordable home and a safe community to raise their children.”

The two priorities – environment and economy – are not mutually exclusive, Worthingham noted, and “in order to move forward, Blair is committed to finding ways for them to successfully co-exist and asks for your support.”