BC Liberals announce Oak Bay-Gordon Head nomination date

BC Liberals announce Oak Bay-Gordon Head nomination date

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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Contact:

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

BC Liberals announce Oak Bay-Gordon Head nomination date

BC Liberals renew, prepare for election with key nominations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 10, 2020

MAPLE RIDGE/PITT 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 needs.”

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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Contact:

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

Candidate Biography:

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.

BC Liberals announce Oak Bay-Gordon Head nomination date

BC Liberals open first nominations, advancing party renewal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 16, 2019

VANCOUVER – The BC Liberals have officially opened nominations in 11 key ridings, the first step to putting forward candidates who will earn the trust of British Columbians and deliver victory in the next election.

Effective immediately, the party’s Election Readiness Committee will accept letters of intent from prospective candidates in the following electoral districts:

• Abbotsford South
• Courtenay-Comox
• Maple Ridge-Mission
• Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows
• Mid Island-Pacific Rim
• New Westminster
• North Vancouver-Lonsdale
• Oak Bay-Gordon Head
• Port Moody-Coquitlam
• Vancouver-Fairview
• Vancouver-Fraserview

“The next election could happen anytime – and today, we’re taking a major step to get strong candidates in place who can get started early on listening to voters, building their teams, and standing up for communities left behind by the NDP,” said BC Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson. “Whenever the election comes, we’ll be offering British Columbians a diverse team of experienced incumbents, new candidates with fresh perspectives, and local community leaders dedicated to delivering opportunity for all of BC.”

Today’s announcement builds on the February 2019 launch of the BC Liberals’ Ready to Run initiative, which opened the party’s doors to potential candidates from diverse backgrounds, seeking to increase representation of women, millennials, and other under-represented groups. The Party continues to welcome expressions of interest from all British Columbians who share the values of our broad free enterprise coalition.

Prospective candidates will complete a rigorous due diligence process prior to being approved to seek the nomination in their respective ridings.

The Election Readiness Committee will consult with local BC Liberal riding associations to determine the timing of candidate selection meetings, beginning in January 2020.

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Key Facts:

  • The opening of nominations in these key ridings means the BC Liberals will accept formal letters of intent from prospective candidates, and allow them to begin the Party’s rigorous due diligence process.
  • These eleven ridings were selected in consultation with grassroots BC Liberal riding associations, and will be followed by a second wave of ridings early in 2020.
  • Candidate selection meeting dates for each riding will be determined in consultation with riding associations over the coming weeks and months.
  • The nomination process in each riding includes the following steps:
    • Letters of intent from prospective candidates,
    • Due diligence process (questionnaire, criminal record and credit checks, social media history),
    • Approved nomination contestants have the opportunity to seek the support of local party members,
    • A candidate selection meeting is held to choose the party’s candidate for the election.

Contact:

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

To express interest in putting your name forward for nomination, please email nominations@bcliberals.com.

Ending the NDP’s big union handout

The NDP-Green coalition has given a handful of politically friendly unions a monopoly on big provincial construction projects:

This blatant political payback to the NDP’s biggest donors means that 85% of BC construction workers – those who belong to the wrong union, or no union at all – don’t get to work on these projects. And taxpayers are on the hook for billions of dollars in extra costs:

  • The cost of the Illecillewaet four-laning project on Highway 1, the first contract awarded under the NDP’s union benefits agreement, is facing a 35% cost overrun – an additional cost of $11,000 for every metre of road.
  • The Pattullo Bridge replacement is estimated to be at least $100 million over budget – with no additional lanes.
  • Based on this trend, planned SkyTrain expansion could cost at least an extra $1 billion.
  • According to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), the NDP’s union benefit agreements could add an additional $4.8 billion in additional labour costs to the province’s current capital budget – or $3,996 for a family of four.

With all that money going straight into the pockets of John Horgan’s friends, some projects like the George Massey Tunnel replacement won’t get built for years…if ever.

BC can do so much better.

A BC Liberal government led by Andrew Wilkinson will end the NDP’s overpriced deals with their union buddies and stand up for fair deals on construction, supporting the rights of construction workers to belong to whatever union they choose, or no union at all.

We successfully blocked the NDP from scrapping the secret ballot for union drives – but there’s a lot more work to do.

That’s what Opportunity for all of BC is all about.

If you agree, please show your support with a contribution of $5 today.

Equal pay for women

According to Statistics Canada, women on average make just 87 cents for every dollar earned by their male counterparts. This translates into 47 full days of work in a year that women go unpaid for the same amount of work. And BC is one of the worst-performing provinces in Canada when it comes to pay equity.

This needs to change.

That’s why the BC Liberals have put forward legislation to ensure transparency in pay scales for both women and men – and put an end to unequal pay.

The NDP have refused to bring the bill to a vote, and John Horgan even dismissed it as a “political stunt”.

BC can do so much better.

A BC Liberal government led by Andrew Wilkinson will fight to make sure that women and men get equal pay for equal work.

That’s what Opportunity for all of BC is all about.

If you agree, please show your support with a contribution of $5 today.

Get Trans Mountain built

According to one opinion survey after another, a huge majority of British Columbians support the Trans-Mountain Expansion Project – yet the NDP-Green coalition is determined to stop it.

They’ve already spent millions of taxpayer dollars fighting the project in court, and they’ve been laughed out of court every time.

British Columbians pay the highest gas prices anywhere in North America – and one of the biggest reasons is low pipeline capacity on the West Coast. This also means that more oil travels through BC by rail – putting communities at risk every single day.

While the federal government and courts are backing the Trans Mountain project, radical activists have made clear they’re not giving up their fight – even if they have to break the law.

The NDP mayor of Vancouver, Kennedy Stewart, and Green Party leader Elizabeth May have already been arrested for blocking construction work in violation of a court order.

BC can do so much better.

A BC Liberal government led by Andrew Wilkinson will support building the TMX pipeline to provide you with a secure, affordable, and reliable fuel supply.

That’s what Opportunity for all of BC is all about.

And if John Horgan wants to fight this pipeline all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada – then the NDP, not BC taxpayers, should foot the bill.

If you agree, please show your support with a contribution of $5 today.