BC Liberal candidate Cheryl Ashlie calls for action plan to protect West Coast Express commuters

BC Liberal candidate Cheryl Ashlie calls for action plan to protect West Coast Express commuters

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 25, 2020

MAPLE RIDGE/PITT MEADOWS – BC Liberal candidate Cheryl Ashlie is calling on the BC government to establish an action plan to prevent and resolve disruptions to West Coast Express service. The proposal comes after radical activist groups forced cancellation of the service for the second time in two weeks, stranding thousands of commuters. The latest blockade was removed after Canadian Pacific Railway Police gave the protesters a 15-minute grace period to remove the blockade or be arrested.

“So far, the NDP’s response to these blockades has been tweets and calls for dialogue – and that just doesn’t cut it anymore,” said Ashlie, a former two-term Maple Ridge city councillor. “It’s time for real action that ensures commuters in Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, and other areas are able to get to and from work each day. Families cannot afford any more disruptions — the government needs to stand up for them.”

While politicians should not direct the operations of police, Ashlie says the provincial government, TransLink, CP Rail, and law enforcement agencies need to sit down and develop an action plan that will ensure a rapid, coordinated, and effective response to future blockade attempts that create chaos throughout Metro Vancouver.

“Our police officers are well trained to de-escalate these situations safely and with minimal use of force – just like the RCMP did on Burnaby Mountain, and CP Police did yesterday,” Ashlie added. “It’s time for our government to give them the backing and support they deserve. If John Horgan’s NDP won’t do it – then Andrew Wilkinson and a BC Liberal government will.”

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Deanie Wong
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deanie.wong@bcliberals.com

NDP budget 2020 abandons opportunity for Abbotsford

NDP budget 2020 abandons opportunity for Abbotsford

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February 19, 2020

ABBOTSFORD – BC Liberal candidate Bruce Banman is joining BC Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson in calling out John Horgan and the NDP for presenting yet another empty budget with no plan to grow the economy or help people get ahead in Abbotsford.

“Abbotsford residents have, once again, been let down by John Horgan and the NDP’s budget,” said Banman. “Our community has been left out of important investments ranging from the widening of Highway One and overcrowding at UFV to addressing the shortage of doctors and challenges facing our farmers. This budget does nothing to make life easier or more affordable for Abbotsford South residents.”

Under John Horgan, taxes are up $5.7 billion and will go up $8.8 billion next year — with the budget surplus shrinking by the day. The NDP have increased spending $11.4 billion this year and another $14.95 billon next year.

“On top of letting down Abbotsford residents, there’s still no $400 annual renters’ rebate, no $10-a-day childcare, and we’re still 98 years away from the NDP fulfilling their affordable housing target,” added Andrew Wilkinson, BC Liberal leader. “Rents, gas prices, ICBC rates, and job losses are all up while housing starts are down, and the economy is flatlining. Nobody is getting ahead under John Horgan except NPD friends and insiders.”

Some of the biggest failures of the NDP’s budget is the lack of options for Fraser Valley commuters, increased demand for space at UFV, and the severe shortage of doctors in the region.

“With 22 new or increased NDP taxes, skyrocketing ICBC premiums, and increasing unemployment, Abbotsford families are feeling the pinch,” concluded Banman. “For three years John Horgan and the NDP have ignored the concerns of Abbotsford residents and this budget shows how negligent the NDP continue to be towards our community.”

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Deanie Wong
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deanie.wong@bcliberals.com

Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows residents left out of NDP budget

Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows residents left out of NDP budget

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February 19, 2020

MAPLE RIDGE/PITT MEADOWS – BC Liberal candidate Cheryl Ashlie is calling out John Horgan and the NDP for yet another budget with no new policies to help people get ahead in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows.

“This NDP budget has no plan to make life more affordable or create jobs and opportunity,” said Ashlie. “People here in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows have been asking for important investments in our community ranging from infrastructure upgrades to help with homelessness, mental health, and addictions. This budget leaves us high and dry.”

By 2022, the amount paid in taxes per household in B.C. will have increased by over $2,362 under the NDP government. Under John Horgan, taxes are up $5.7 billion while spending has increased by $11.4 billion.

“John Horgan says everything is going well but gas prices and ICBC rates are sky-high, unemployment and job losses are up, housing starts are down, and retail sales are stagnant. British Columbians aren’t getting ahead and life is less affordable than ever before,” added Andrew Wilkinson, BC Liberal Leader. “People are dealing with 22 new or increased NDP taxes and yet still no $400 annual renters’ rebate, no $10-a-day childcare, and we’re still 98 years away from the NDP fulfilling their affordable housing target. Families across the province are going to keep feeling the squeeze under John Horgan.”

The NDP’s 2020 budget fails to address the 240th Street Bridge, which would alleviate the traffic burden Golden Ears Provincial Park places on the area, while also providing an alternate access to Silver Valley. This budget is also void of key education requests, such as the replacement of Pitt Meadows Secondary and consideration of a post-secondary institution, which both councils and Katzie First Nation have advanced. And with all of the concerns of homelessness, especially for youth, the local NDP MLAs have failed to address the loss of the Maple Ridge Youth Safe House.

“While the NDP continue to have no plan for economic growth or how to tackle our communities’ most critical issues such as education and health care, families here in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows are going to keep feeling the squeeze of John Horgan’s affordability crisis,” concluded Ashlie. “NDP MLAs Bob D’Eith and Lisa Beare claim they have been advocating for our communities for three years, but this budget proves they are failing to get anything done for British Columbians.”

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Deanie Wong
778-994-5083
deanie.wong@bcliberals.com

BC Liberal candidate Cheryl Ashlie calls for action plan to protect West Coast Express commuters

Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows BC Liberal candidate Cheryl Ashlie calls for immediate action for commuters

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February 13, 2020

MAPLE RIDGE/PITT MEADOWS – Protestors and activists are blocking a vital commuter railway track at Pitt River rail bridge, stranding many British Columbian commuters who depend on the West Coast Express.

“It is unacceptable that residents of Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows will not be able to get home via the West Coast Express tonight,” said Cheryl Ashlie, BC Liberal candidate for Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows. “Thousands of hardworking British Columbians depend on the WCE to get to and from work in downtown Vancouver everyday. These radical activists have been able to disrupt our lives thanks to the lack of leadership from John Horgan and his NDP government.”

Planned protests by well-funded radical activists have been impacting commuters throughout BC and in parts of Canada. Recent protests at the Legislature in Victoria prevented staff and MLAs from entering the building and doing their jobs. Major arteries in and around Vancouver have been blocked off to prevent commuters from getting where they need to be.

Protestors are even using a handbook written by Attorney General David Eby on how to disrupt and protest.

“The Premier’s job is to preserve the rule of law,” Ashlie continued. “We need a leader who will stand up for British Columbians impacted by these unlawful protests. Horgan is just not doing his job.”

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Deanie Wong
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deanie.wong@bcliberals.com

BC Liberal candidate Cheryl Ashlie calls for action plan to protect West Coast Express commuters

BC Liberals continue renewal with Port Moody-Coquitlam candidate

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February 12, 2020

PORT MOODY/COQUITLAM — The BC Liberals continue the party’s renewal today with the news that leadership expert, Special Forces veteran, and father James Robertson will be acclaimed as the party’s candidate for Port Moody-Coquitlam in the next provincial election.

Robertson is expected to be officially acclaimed at a nomination meeting on March 8 and will begin working hard to earn the trust of Port Moody-Coquitlam residents — closing the gap of 1,844 votes that separated the BC Liberals and the NDP in 2017.

“I look forward to working with James as he steps up to represent the residents of Port Moody-Coquitlam,” said Andrew Wilkinson, BC Liberal leader. “While John Horgan’s NDP have been letting down British Columbians by increasing the cost of everyday life, James understands the diverse needs of the changing population in the Tri-Cities and is dedicated to making life more affordable – especially for young families like his own.”

“Port Moody-Coquitlam is a beautiful, rapidly growing community that attracts individuals and families from all over BC,” said Robertson. “We need a government that will prioritize housing affordability, rapid transit, and economic opportunity for people working hard to make ends meet, to make sure that you keep more of your hard-earned money in your pocket.”

In preparation for an election that could come at any time, the BC Liberals held candidate selection meetings in Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows and Abbotsford South, and will hold one in Oak Bay-Gordon Head on April 4. Nominations are open in 8 other ridings throughout British Columbia, with many more to come in the weeks ahead.

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Deanie Wong
778-994-5083
deanie.wong@bcliberals.com

Candidate Biography:

James Robertson is a leadership coach, management consultant, father, and veteran. He saw combat action in Afghanistan while commanding elements of Canada’s elite Special Forces unit, and conducted domestic operations during the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games to ensure public safety and security.

Upon retirement from active service, James completed the Master of Business Administration degree at Royal Roads University, and commenced work as a consultant, leveraging his leadership skills to improve business performance while gaining insight into the communities they serve in BC.

His experience working as a Leadership Team Coach at Vancouver Coastal Health has provided him with the unique perspective of individuals working in collaborative spaces, and the complex challenges of the healthcare system.

As a community leader, James has served as a member of a board of directors and volunteer for the Port Moody Arts Centre Society and the Burrard Inlet Marine Enhancement Society.

With distinct leadership, diverse experience, and trusted values, James is ready to promote his constituents’ voice and provide opportunities for Port Moody-Coquitlam.