FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 29, 2020
PRINCE GEORGE — With
community and business leaders from throughout Northern BC gathering in Prince
George for the annual Natural Resources Forum, the BC Liberal Election
Readiness Committee has opened the party’s nomination for the Stikine electoral
district — which includes Smithers, Telkwa, the Hazeltons, Stewart, Atlin, and
Stikine is currently
represented by the NDP’s Doug Donaldson. As Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural
Resource Operations, and Rural Development, Donaldson has overseen the NDP
government’s total failure to serve British Columbia’s rural and resource-dependent
“The current MLA for
Stikine has failed to stand up for BC’s rural communities, and the thousands of
families that depend on our resource sector,” said Andrew Wilkinson, BC Liberal
leader. “We’re excited to put forward a candidate who will be a strong voice
for the people of Stikine, and join our renewed team as we fight for jobs,
prosperity, and opportunity for all of BC.”
as minister has included:
—Dozens of mill
closures and curtailments, costing thousands of jobs in BC’s forest sector.
—The raiding of the $25-million Rural Dividend Fund, forcing the cancellation or disruption of community development projects throughout rural BC.
—Support for the
blockade of the Coastal GasLink pipeline — a project supported by First Nations
all along the route and essential to the success of LNG opportunities.
“As Northern and
rural BC continue to face significant challenges, this government and MLA have
been missing in action,” said Shirley Bond, BC Liberal MLA for Prince
George-Valemount and member of the party’s Election Readiness Committee. “The
people of Stikine need an MLA who will stand up for them and ensure that their
voices and concerns are heard. We are excited about the opportunity to ensure
that happens with the election of a BC Liberal MLA in the Stikine riding.”
The opening of the
BC Liberal nomination means that prospective candidates may now submit letters
of intent and begin the Party’s due diligence process.
A date for a
candidate selection meeting will be set by the Party in the coming weeks, in
consultation with the local riding association.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 17, 2020
VICTORIA — The BC Liberals have set the date for a candidate nomination meeting in the riding of Oak Bay-Gordon Head – the latest step in the party’s preparation for an election that could happen at any time.
The BC Liberal candidate for Oak Bay-Gordon Head will be nominated on Saturday, April 4. Prospective candidates have until February 28 to submit an application, and any resident of the riding who is a party member as of March 7 will be eligible to vote for the party’s nominee.
“We look forward to offering the people of Oak Bay-Gordon Head a strong candidate and a renewed BC Liberal vision for opportunity, prosperity, and protection of our environment for future generations,” said Andrew Wilkinson, BC Liberal leader. “We wish Andrew Weaver and his family all the very best as he moves on from public life, and thank him for his service to Oak Bay-Gordon Head and British Columbia.”
Through the BC Liberals’ proactive efforts to recruit a candidate team that renews the party and reflects BC’s full diversity, the party has received hundreds of applications from qualified individuals throughout the province.
The party’s announcement of open nominations in 11 battleground ridings last November signalled the BC Liberals’ continued renewal while working to make British Columbia the best place to live, work, and achieve your dreams.
The BC Liberals have previously announced nomination meetings in Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows on February 1 and Abbotsford South on February 8.
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January 10, 2020
MEADOWS/ABBOTSFORD — The BC Liberals are continuing the party’s renewal and
preparing for a provincial election that could take place at any time, moving
forward with candidate nominations in two key ridings.
Former Maple Ridge
city councillor, school trustee, and health care project manager Cheryl Ashlie
will be the BC Liberal candidate in Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows.
A mother of three
and active community volunteer who was named the Maple Ridge Community
Foundation’s Citizen of the Year in 2017, Ashlie will be officially nominated
on February 1 and begin working to close the 1,617-vote gap that separated the
BC Liberals and NDP locally in the 2017 election.
“I’m very proud to
have Cheryl joining our BC Liberal team as our first new candidate for the next
election,” said Andrew Wilkinson, BC Liberal leader. “Cheryl is an outstanding
community leader who deeply understands the needs and aspirations of Maple Ridge-Pitt
Meadows residents, and she will be an exceptionally effective MLA.”
“I can’t wait to
start knocking on doors, listening to voters, and sharing our positive B.C.
Liberal vision for Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows,” said Ashlie. “We deserve a
government that will stand up for local residents, fight for more affordable
auto insurance and lower taxes, and invest in the services our community
The BC Liberals have
also set a date for the candidate selection meeting for Abbotsford South. A
nomination contest is currently underway, and local party members will select
the successful candidate on February 8.
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Cheryl Ashlie is a long-time champion for the people of Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows.
Cheryl was elected two times to Maple Ridge City Council, and served three terms on the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows School Board, where she advanced education improvements for children and families. A mother of three children who attended local public schools, she has also been an active PAC member.
Her dedication and leadership in education, health care, and community advocacy earned her the Maple Ridge Community Foundation’s annual Citizen of the Year Award in 2017.
Currently working as a project manager in family medical services, Cheryl is president of the Alouette River Management Society – a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the Alouette River watershed and serves on the Ridge Meadows Education Foundation board of directors as secretary. She has taken on volunteer leadership roles in the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Community Services, the Substance Mis-Use Prevention Task Force, the 2009 BC Disability Games and volunteered with annual events such as the Terry Fox Run, MS Walk/Run, and Ridge Meadows Hospice Vista Run.
Cheryl’s deep experience working for the betterment of her community gives her a unique and detailed perspective on the issues and opportunities facing residents in Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows.