A B.C. Liberal candidate who uses a wheelchair is hailing the prevalence of candidates with different abilities in this year's election campaign, calling it an exciting step forward.
Vancouver lawyer Ken Kramer is one of four Liberal candidates who is trying to woo voters from a wheelchair.
"It's a real testament to this province [and] a real strong indication of the amazing diversity that this party has," said Kramer, who was born with a neuro-muscular disorder.
Kramer, who is new to politics, is running in Burnaby-Lougheed.
"I don't really see those challenges. I know that others might see them and they might say that is a huge obstacle but if you look at my resume, it is something that hasn't really stopped me in my career," he said.
Another Liberal candidate who uses a wheelchair is former Vancouver mayor Sam Sullivan, who is running in Vancouver-False Creek.
He says his disability can both attract and push away voters.
"They think we can't have the same old, same old, let's try different viewpoints. Others just think it’s not appropriate to have disabled people in government," said Sullivan, who was paralyzed in a skiing accident at age 19.
The other two Liberal candidates in wheelchairs are Paralympic medalist Michelle Stilwell, running in Parksville-Qualicum, and Stephanie Cadieux, who most recently served as children and families minister, and is now running in Surrey-Cloverdale.