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Builders Code manager running for Saanich South as BC Liberal candidate

Rishi Sharma, a project manager for the BC Construction Association and a construction industry veteran, has announced he will be the BC Liberal candidate for Saanich South. 

In addition to his role as director of corporate initiatives and stakeholder/intergovernmental relations for the province, Sharma has spent the last year championing the BC Builders Code. The code seeks to create inclusive, safe and diverse construction jobsites. 

Sharma believes his background working with tools has helped him hone problem solving skills that could prove useful in government. 

Rishi Sharma

Sharma attended Camosun College where he learned appliance repair and welding.

“Going through that I learned the benefits of basic troubleshooting and how to think strategically about what is wrong with something,” said Sharma.

Sharma – who grew up in a family that worked in mills, built roads and constructed homes – was constantly learning new construction skills. By age 12 he was using a jackhammer and he even had to sleep in a house his family was framing to stop thieves from taking windows. He went on to become an ironworker, a millworker and built his own home on Vancouver Island.

Sharma said he has been talking to Saanich residents to get a sense of what their concerns are.

“We need more homes,” said Sharma. “Housing is a big issue. I know climate change and action on that is a serious issue. Economic development and business development is also something we will be…

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