Daniel Bryce, who carried the Green Party banner in Abbotsford South in the last provincial election, is making his first foray into national politics with the federal Greens in the Abbotsford riding.
“I’m really passionate about the community, and I want to see change,” said Bryce.
The 29-year-old postal worker was born and raised in Abbotsford, and is a graduate of W.J. Mouat and UFV, where he earned an undergraduate degree in community planning.
His main issue in this election is getting more people to the polls.
“Voter apathy is a huge thing, especially with young people. We need to give them a reason to vote,” he said.
Bryce is the secretary of the Atangard Community Project Society, which creates affordable housing in Abbotsford, secretary of the Jam In Jubilee planning committee, and CEO for the Green Party of Canada Abbotsford Electoral District Association. He said the public needs to be encouraged to get involved in their city for community betterment, both politically and with non-governmental organizations.
“I’m encouraging people to get engaged,” said Bryce.
He will also bring the Green message, speaking to issues such as “decentralized power generation.” That would see nuclear plants, dams and coal-fired power generation replaced by thousands of small generators like solar panels, wind turbines and tidal power.
“It’s harder for government to control, but it’s an excellent way to redistribute wealth,” he said.
Bryce said he is more prepared for the campaign this time, and has a better online presence.
“I’m certain the Conservatives are going to win (in Abbotsford), but that’s not why I run,” he said. “I want to get people to think. I want people to vote. If they don’t have someone who represents their ideas, they’re not going to vote.”
Bryce is also hoping to see the Green Party break through, and win at least one seat in the House of Commons.