Chair, Terrace Chapter: Council of Canadians
First Past the Post (FPTP) most often leaves one party with all the power, even when they’ve won only a minority of the vote. How fair is that? Voters in communities that do not elect MLAs in the “ruling-party” feel their votes don’t count. This fuels disillusionment with our democratic process and people think, “Why bother voting?”
FPTP has time-and-again left northern and rural BC without adequate representation. My personal preference is for the Rural-Urban model. It is a Made-In-Canada solution that serves to represent both those in cities and in sparsely-populated areas. I believe this Pro Rep model will ensure that rural voices are heard in Victoria whether you elect an MLA who is in government or opposition.
Bruce Bidgood was born in Port Colborne, Ontario and was one of five siblings, one with developmental challenges, raised in a single-mother led family; He worked a series o agricultural, construction and industrial jobs to put himself through post-secondary education culminating with his graduating with a Doctorate from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1999. His early life experiences inspired a thirty year career advocating for social justice and fighting oppression and discrimination.
Bruce is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work, University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC), He has held concurrent appointments as: an Adjunct Professor in the School of Business and Economics, Nipissing University and a graduate supervisor for the Masters in Leadership program of Royal Rhodes University and the Masters of Social Work at Dalhousie University. Bruce has produced more than one hundred scholarly/professional contributions and has been the principal investigator on several national and provincial research grants. Dr. Bidgood has been recognized with a number of awards for scholarship, teaching and instructional innovation.
Bruce served on Terrace City Council for two terms and was elected the Chair of the Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine and the Vice-Chair of the Northwest Regional Hospital District and the Vice-President of the North Central Local Government Association. He was elected/appointed to represent the City and Region as the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) delegate to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and as a Standing Committee member of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. Bruce was chosen from among multiple candidates to run in the Skeena riding during the 2017 BC provincial election.
Bruce is an active community volunteer as a Big Brother, volunteer Board member, educational consultant and invited speaker to many groups. He is the inaugural Chair of the Terrace Chapter of the Council of Canadians.