PORT MOODY-COQUITLAM – As BC families struggle to make ends meet, BC Liberal candidate James Robertson is dismayed at the disclosure of Horgan’s decision to pay two NDP insiders over $200,000 for their failed efforts to solve the Coastal GasLink pipeline dispute.
“Thousands of British Columbians are out of work, our economy is in crisis, and young families like mine are worried about school and childcare this fall – yet NDP insiders are pocketing huge fees for delivering no results,” said Robertson, a leadership specialist, military veteran, and father of two young children. “So far, the NDP’s only economic recovery plan is a bailout for their closest friends and supporters.”
Robertson’s comments come after the NDP were forced to admit payments of more than $200,000 in taxpayer dollars to NDP ex-Members of Parliament Nathan Cullen and Murray Rankin. The Horgan government solicited Cullen and Rankin to resolve the dispute between Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs and the Coastal GasLink project. The NDP insiders have failed to secure the hereditary chiefs’ support for the project and elected First Nations chiefs have slammed the process for ignoring their feedback and damaging Indigenous reconciliation efforts.
“These extravagant handouts of tax dollars to NDP insiders is bad and their involvement has made the situation even worse,” Robertson added. These payments come on top of millions in cost overruns on government projects such as highway expansions and the Pattullo Bridge — which will cost $100 million more. “People in Port Moody-Coquitlam and throughout BC deserve a government focused on economic recovery and creating opportunity – and that’s what Andrew Wilkinson and the BC Liberals will deliver.”
“This is money that should be spent to improve parks and school infrastructure in our communities, things we are struggling with locally”, Robertson concluded, “Yet it’s being paid out to select NDP unions and friends under the guise of a Community Benefit program which excludes a large percentage of the workforce to seek gainful employment. If this is how the NDP’s see the path forward for an economic recovery will be, we are in trouble.”
WEST VANCOUVER-CAPILANO — Accomplished non-profit leader, educator, and community leader Karin Kirkpatrick will be the next BC Liberal candidate for West Vancouver-Capilano, the party has announced.
Building on her background as an entrepreneur and educator, Kirkpatrick has led a number of large B.C. organizations – most recently as CEO of Family Services of Greater Vancouver, one of British Columbia’s largest non-profit social services providers.
“I’m excited to be joining the BC Liberal team as we prepare for an election that could be the most significant of our lifetimes. Only a BC Liberal government can combine a prosperous economy with support for the most vulnerable British Columbians and an environmentally sustainable future.” said Kirkpatrick. “I look forward to working with Andrew Wilkinson to lead BC’s comeback from the pandemic, and to build on Ralph Sultan’s exceptional record of service to our community and province.”
“I’m proud to welcome Karin to our team as we renew our party for the big challenges ahead,” said BC Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson. “Her expertise, ability, and compassion will be critical as we work to deliver a prosperous, resilient, sustainable future for all of BC.”
Kirkpatrick will be the sixth candidate to be nominated by the BC Liberals for the upcoming election.
Building on her background as an entrepreneur and educator, Karin Kirkpatrick is one of British Columbia’s most accomplished non-profit leaders.
As CEO of Family Services of Greater Vancouver, Karin has led some 500 employees across twelve locations providing front-line support services to some of the Lower Mainland’s most vulnerable citizens.
Karin has served as CEO and Registrar of the Private Career Training Institutions Agency of BC, as CEO of the Real Estate Foundation of BC, and as Assistant Dean of UBC’s Sauder School of Business. She previously started up and ran a recruiting agency.
Karin has been a board member of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, Family Services of Canada, the Vancity Community Foundation, the BC Degree Quality Assessment Board, and the BC Council for International Education. Karin also served on the Judicial Council of British Columbia for six years.
She has been recognized for her leadership as a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants, as one of the Women’s Executive Network’s 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada, and as a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Karin holds a Master of Laws degree and an MBA, and is a Chartered Professional Accountant/Certified Management Accountant. She lives in West Vancouver-Capilano with her husband Murray, daughter Kaelan, and dog Luna.
VANCOUVER — Local entrepreneur and community leader David Grewal has been officially nominated as the BC Liberal candidate for Vancouver-Fraserview in the next provincial election.
Grewal was acclaimed during a virtual candidate selection meeting and was joined by BC Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson and party supporters from throughout BC.
“I’m excited to welcome David Grewal to our growing, renewed team of community leaders who care about opportunity for all of BC,” Wilkinson said. “David’s years of business experience and community involvement will make him a strong voice for Vancouver-Fraserview as we work towards a prosperous, resilient, sustainable future.”
“Thank you to the BC Liberal members of Vancouver-Fraserview for having the confidence in me to lead our team to victory in the next election,” said Grewal. “I’m getting right down to business, reaching out to constituents as we develop our plan to bring affordability, prosperity, and opportunity to all of BC.”
Grewal will face incumbent NDP MLA George Chow in a riding that the BC Liberals held from 2001 until 2017, where the gap in the last election was only 989 votes.
David Grewal is the fifth candidate to be nominated by the BC Liberal for the upcoming election as the party’s renewal continues. The BC Liberals will continue to nominate candidates throughout the summer in preparation for a potential fall election.
Born and raised in Vancouver, David Grewal has been a long-time community leader, an entrepreneur, and a mentor in the Vancouver region.
In 2003, he co-founded Absolute Energy Inc., which is today the largest natural gas supply management and brokerage firm in B.C. with clients throughout North America
David is passionate about community involvement and has been active in various charitable causes and neighbourhood organizations. He has served as chair of his local community association, and a business improvement association board member.
As a mentor and believer in the power of youth involvement, David has spoken to young people about entrepreneurship and the importance of being actively engaged in their communities.
With an unwavering dedication to his community, diverse experiences and background, David is ready to ensure his constituents’ voices are heard in Victoria and be a strong leader for Vancouver-Fraserview.
PORT MOODY-COQUITLAM — Port Moody-Coquitlam BC Liberal candidate James Robertson is calling on John Horgan’s NDP government to take immediate action to provide an economic recovery plan for British Columbians.
“While John Horgan’s NDP continue to take a wait and see approach with their 6-week survey, I have heard many stories from residents in Port Moody-Coquitlam about how their businesses are struggling to reopen and young families working through precarious situations while caring for their children,” Robertson said.
Recent jobs numbers from Statistics Canada show that BC’s unemployment rate is up nearly 50% since January — dropping from the lowest unemployment rate in Canada to the fourth highest at 12%. Thousands of British Columbians remain unemployed or under-employed with only part-time jobs.
Earlier today, MLA for Port Moody-Coquitlam Rick Glumac called BC Liberal demands for an immediate economic recovery plan for BC “too simple, they’re uninformed.” (Hansard, July 13, 2020)
“Everyone I talk with is concerned about their livelihood and are seeking clear steps to navigate through this pandemic. No doubt this is a challenge and we all have to rise to the occasion to support our residents. Perhaps Rick Glumac isn’t talking to enough of his constituents if he thinks their desire for a real and immediate economic recovery plan is simple and uninformed,” continues Robertson. “People in Port Moody-Coquitlam deserve better from their MLA.
“Andrew Wilkinson and the BC Liberal team are committed to holding the NDP to account on priority issues that British Columbians have expressed during these tough times. Just a few weeks ago, the BC Liberals forced the NDP to change their position on extending the temporary lay-off period to keep more workers employed. British Columbians deserve real concrete plans for economic recovery.”
Andrew Wilkinson and the BC Liberal team’s Comeback Plan includes over 60 policy proposals and ideas that have come from meetings and roundtables with British Columbians. Read about the plan here: www.bcliberals.com/comeback-plan.
James is ready to take your concerns and ideas to Victoria.