BREAKING: The BC NDP have officially entered the federal election

BREAKING: The BC NDP have officially entered the federal election

BREAKING: The BC NDP have officially entered the federal election by sending their top official to work for Jagmeet Singh.

And they’re using their provincial contact list to solicit support for their federal counterpart.

The same NDP that’s polling around 13%.

The same NDP that’s been ordered by the courts to pay back $2.7 million in misused tax dollars.

The same NDP that refuses to support LNG in BC.

The fact that John Horgan is sending his top advisor to work for Jagmeet Singh means he’s putting party loyalty ahead of the province.

This just doesn’t pass the smell test…British Columbians deserve better.

Notice of Election of Regional Directors

August 8, 2019

ELECTION PROCESS FOR REGIONAL DIRECTORS

The election of Regional Directors must be completed before December 31, 2019 in each of the BC Liberal Party’s 12 regions throughout the province. The Regional Director is a volunteer role elected by Party members.

WHAT ARE THE DUTIES OF A REGIONAL DIRECTOR?

1.        To coordinate the work of all Riding Associations and other entities of the Party in the region;

2.        To report on the region at meetings of the Party Executive and the Provincial Council;

3.        To communicate decisions of the Party Executive and the Provincial Council to the Riding Associations and other entities of the Party in the region; and

4.        To ensure that there is an active Riding Association in each electoral district.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO BE ELECTED AS A REGIONAL DIRECTOR?

1.        The person must be a member of the BC Liberal Party, residing in the region to be represented by the Regional Director.

1.        On or before August 29, 2019 at 5:00 PM, deliver to the Party President or the President’s designate:

•        A written nomination signed by at least 25 Members, representing at least two of the ridings in the region to be represented by the Regional Director (as set out in Schedule A); and;

•        A completed candidate questionnaire.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO VOTE FOR A REGIONAL DIRECTOR?

1.        A member of the Party is eligible to vote for a Regional Director seeking election in the region in which such member resides.

ELECTION PROCESS

1.        If only one Member submits a nomination seeking election for Regional Director in a particular region by Thursday, August 29th, 2019 at 5:00 PM (the “Nomination Deadline”), then such person will be acclaimed as the Regional Director for that region.

2.        The following election process will take place in regions where two or more eligible candidates exists:

•        The President will deliver to Presidents of the Riding Associations that comprise the region in which a Regional Director is to be elected a notice of the election of the Regional Director (the “Notice of Regional Director Election”). The Notice of Regional Director Election will provide details of the locations, dates, times, and manner of the election of the Regional Director as approved by the President, in consultation with the Riding Associations affected.

•        Party Headquarters will post the Notice of Regional Director Election on the Party’s website and will transmit the same by email to Members residing in the region in which an election of a Regional Director is to take place.

•        The election of Regional Directors for a particular region will take place no earlier than 21 days after the date on which the Notice of Regional Director Elections is sent by email to Members of the affected Riding Associations.

•        The President will appoint returning officers for the elections of Regional Directors.

•        The votes by Members for a Regional Director will be weighed so that each Riding Association in the region will have equal input in the election of the Regional Director representing their region.

For further information, please contact Renee Nikonov at renee.nikonov@bcliberals.com.

Sincerely,

Bijan Ahmadian
Nominations Chair
BC Liberal Party

Stop Foreign Interference in BC Elections

Stop Foreign Interference in BC Elections

BC elections should be decided by BC voters.

But radical, American-funded activists want to shut down Canada’s energy industry — and that’s why they support John Horgan and the NDP’s radical plans to block pipelines, kill energy jobs, and keep gas prices rising.

These foreign-funded activist groups have deep pockets – and they’re trying to influence how British Columbians vote.

Only the BC Liberals will stand up for all hard working British Columbians – because we believe in opportunity for all of BC.

Learn more about the Control of Foreign Funding and Electoral Influence Act.

Sign and share our petition if you agree that we need to get foreign money out of BC politics!

News Release: Union-backed fundraiser rewards Bains and Horgan for special favours to labour bosses

News Release: Union-backed fundraiser rewards Bains and Horgan for special favours to labour bosses

May 23, 2019

BURNABY – John Horgan’s NDP government is bending over backwards to do the bidding of big labour backers – and tonight, union bosses are rewarding them with a cozy fundraiser in Burnaby.

Headlining tonight’s NDP fundraiser in Burnaby are labour minister Harry Bains, BC Federation of Labour president Laird Cronk, and Fed secretary-treasurer Sussanne Skidmore – two senior union leaders who are registered to lobby Bains, Premier John Horgan, and chief of staff Geoff Meggs on behalf of select unions represented by the BC Fed.

“With union donations now illegal in BC, NDP allies and insiders like the BC Fed have found a loophole – hosting fundraisers for the same NDP ministers they lobby behind closed doors,” said Jas Johal, BC Liberal MLA for Richmond-Queensborough. “This cozy relationship between BC’s biggest union bosses, and the NDP government that’s giving them special treatment, just doesn’t pass the smell test for hard-working British Columbians struggling to get ahead.”

Between 2005 and the 2017 changes to BC’s political financing laws, the BC Fed and its member unions donated more than $12.4 million to the BC NDP, its riding associations, and its candidates.

And documents filed with the BC Registrar of Lobbyists show that Cronk, Skidmore, and other BC Fed officials have held closed-door lobbying meetings with Bains, Horgan, Meggs, and Cronk’s spouse Amber Hockin, a former NDP treasurer who is now a political appointee in Horgan’s office, a total of 27 times over the past year.

Horgan’s NDP government has repaid the BC Fed’s generosity with a series of handouts and special favours since taking power, including:

  • Giving BC Building Trades unions a monopoly on large provincial construction projects –excluding independent unions and unaffiliated workers who make up 85% of the workforce and drastically increasing cost to taxpayers.
  • Excluding non-union workers in government-funded social services agencies from wage increases.
  • Gutting BC Labour Code provisions that protect workers from “raids” between rival unions – putting workplace safety and stability in jeopardy.
  • Scheming to eliminate the secret ballot for union certification – exposing workers to workplace bullying and intimidation – until forced to back down under Opposition pressure.

“While fundraisers like this one may be within the letter of the law, British Columbians know that influential union lobbyists co-hosting exclusive fundraisers with NDP decision-makers is just plain wrong,” Johal added. “No wonder NDP-friendly union insiders are profiting from John Horgan’s blatant favouritism, while British Columbians keep working harder and fall further behind.”

Contact:

Deanie Wong
778-994-5083

BC Liberal Party launches proactive candidate recruitment drive in BC

BC Liberal Party launches proactive candidate recruitment drive in BC

Vancouver, BC — For the first time, the BC Liberal Party is embarking on a brand new, wide-open, proactive recruitment drive for potential candidates from all corners of British Columbia.

Women, millennials, and BC’s diverse communities are still under-represented in the Legislature. The BC Liberals want to change that by taking their recruitment efforts, Ready to Run BC, to the public, and reaching out to talented, passionate, free-enterprise individuals who may have considered running for office before, but didn’t know how to get involved.

The BC Liberal Party is a big tent organization with supporters from all ages, genders and ethnicities and it’s time to reflect that through our elected representatives.

BC Liberal Leader, Andrew Wilkinson, said: “I’m driven by creating opportunity for all of British Columbia. That’s why I’m proud to launch this proactive candidate recruitment initiative so we can start engaging with British Columbians who share our vision of BC. We’re looking for individuals, from all backgrounds and walks of life, who want to give back by making a meaningful contribution to the future of British Columbia.

Every political party including ours can, and must, do a better job at embracing diversity through merit — especially encouraging millennials, women and underrepresented communities to compete for nominations and run as proud BC Liberals in the next election, whenever that may be.

Our team is one where hard work is rewarded, enterprise is celebrated, and everyone is encouraged to participate. If that sounds like you, I want you to be a candidate on our team going into the next election.”

The application portal is available as of Wednesday, February 6 at www.readytorunbc.ca.

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Media Contact:
Deanie Wong
604-648-4228

Backgrounder:

The BC Liberals’ Ready to Run initiative is the first in a series of steps in order to be considered for candidacy in the next provincial election, whenever that may be. Registering interest on our new portal is followed up with a one on one conversation with party HQ staff, where prospective candidates can learn about process and expectations in order to move forward with a candidacy letter of intent.

We are encouraging British Columbians from every riding to participate; however we will be focusing our nomination efforts on currently unheld ridings until any incumbents have made their decision to retire. We are pleased we already have over 87 interested potential candidates in every region of the province, and we can’t wait to hear back from many more as we launch this first-ever recruitment effort.

LNG in BC: It’s here.

LNG in BC: It’s here.

As a councillor and then as Chief Councillor of the Haisla Nation, I worked for years with my community to achieve the potential of LNG in British Columbia.

We recognized this potential because we lived it. We knew that BC is uniquely placed to provide natural gas to Asia as a cleaner energy source. And the prosperity that came with the early stages of LNG preparatory work transformed our community – providing jobs, dignity, and a bright future for our people.

Thankfully, we had a strong partner in the BC Liberal government. They also recognized how LNG could transform British Columbia for the better, and they worked tirelessly to make it happen.

This video is the story of how we got it done.

There were many who said it couldn’t be done.

As a member of a First Nation band and as a leader, I had to hear and read statements made by politicians who opposed LNG outright, even though they knew that this opportunity would help solve so many issues, including Indigenous poverty and climate change.

John Horgan called LNG “an industry that’s going nowhere”.

George Heyman, now the NDP environment minister, referred to LNG as “pixie dust”, and education minister Rob Fleming called it “pie in the sky”.

Michelle Mungall, now the NDP energy minister, said LNG “ain’t good for anybody in this province.”

Today, with the announcement of a final investment decision to build the Kitimat LNG project in my home community, the NDP will try to take credit for what is the biggest private sector investment ever made in British Columbia.

But you and I know that we wouldn’t be here today without the dedication of the communities that supported LNG, the BC Liberal team, and everyone who voted and volunteered for us along the way.

Thank you for doing your part. Let’s share this moment with pride.

Ellis Ross
BC Liberal MLA for Skeena