North Island-Powell River Liberal candidate Peter Schwarzhoff  [right] met with Liberal Party of Canada leader Justin Trudeau at a barbecue in Vancouver earlier this month.

Schwarzhoff to carry Liberal banner

Politics: Federal election expected in to be called in 2015

Peter Schwarzhoff’s name will be on the ballot for the next federal election as the Liberal candidate for North Island-Powell River.

He was selected by Liberal Party of Canada riding members on Thursday, July 24 to lead them in the 2015 campaign.

A long-time Liberal member, Schwarzhoff is a meteorologist and air quality scientist who recently retired after 30 years with Environment Canada. In a statement announcing his candidacy last week, he said his work placed him in the forefront of the effort to protect Canadians from extreme weather and air pollution hazards which he believes has made him a strong advocate for a balanced approach to economic development and environmental protection.

“I believe it’s time for a change in federal government and a return to Liberal policies that will balance the economy with environmental safeguards and respect all people,” Schwarzhoff said after his nomination. “With my background in government, business and the military, I feel well suited to be this riding’s next MP and to serve in Ottawa.”

As an officer with Royal Canadian Air force, Schwarzhoff served in Germany during the early 1990s. Reaching the rank of captain, he  has a deep appreciation for the women and men in uniform who serve their country.

“The code of Duty, Honour, Country is not just lip service to me,” he explained. “I live this belief and expect politicians to serve the people with the same conviction.”

Schwarzhoff has experience in the private sector as a professional photographer and appreciates the stress of the marketplace in making a profitable living.

Raised in Campbell River, he  has recently returned to his hometown. He is an active member of his community serving as a director of Campbell River and District Association for Community Living and also as a director of the Multicultural and Immigration Services Association. He donates his time to Elder College as an instructor in meteorology and climate change. He is a volunteer tutor with Campbell River Literacy’s English as a Second Language program. His respect for nature is shown by his membership with Greenways Land Trust and as a former Scout leader.

He’s also is known for the popular Philosophers’ Café that he hosts in Campbell River.