Port Moody-Coquitlam BC Liberals welcome new candidate James Robertson

Port Moody-Coquitlam BC Liberals welcome new candidate James Robertson

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March 8, 2020

PORT MOODY/COQUITLAM – The BC Liberals have continued the party’s renewal by officially nominating James Robertson as the party’s candidate in Port Moody-Coquitlam for the next provincial election, which could take place at any time.

Robertson’s nomination meeting at the Old Orchard Hall in Port Moody today was attended by community leaders and supporters from throughout the region. A leadership coach, management consultant, veteran, and father, Robertson is ready to meet residents and discuss their priorities for the community.

Joined by BC Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson and former BC Liberal MLA Iain Black, Robertson was acclaimed as the next BC Liberal candidate in a riding where the difference between the NDP and the BC Liberals was only 1,844 votes in 2017.

“We’re delighted to welcome James to our renewed BC Liberal team as we build towards a prosperous, affordable, and sustainable British Columbia,” said Wilkinson. “James has been a tireless champion for the community here in Port Moody and Coquitlam, and our team will benefit enormously from his work ethic and diverse experience.”

“Port Moody-Coquitlam residents, and especially young families like mine, are frustrated by the lack of progress on housing affordability, transit, and protecting the environment,” said Robertson. “I’m honoured to be part of Andrew Wilkinson’s BC Liberal team and work together to make these issues a priority in Victoria.”

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JAMES ROBERTSON 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.

BC Liberals continue renewal, opening Vancouver-Point Grey nomination

BC Liberals continue renewal, opening Vancouver-Point Grey nomination

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March 5, 2020

VANCOUVER – Andrew Wilkinson’s BC Liberals have officially opened the party’s nomination for Vancouver-Point Grey, encouraging prospective candidates to submit applications and begin the due diligence process for an election that could come at any time.

“Time and again, the current MLA for Vancouver-Point Grey has let down his constituents. On David Eby’s watch, the NDP government has wasted tax dollars on a failed referendum, jacked up taxes and ICBC rates, cut funding for transit, mental health, and education, and lost countless court cases at taxpayers’ expense,” said Jas Johal, BC Liberal MLA for Richmond-Queensborough and a member of the party’s election readiness committee. “While David Eby continues his audition to replace John Horgan as NDP leader, the BC Liberals will put forward a strong new candidate who will stand up for young families and all the hard-working residents of Vancouver-Point Grey.”

Prospective candidates may now submit a letter of intent to the party in order to receive an application package. The date of the candidate selection meeting will be determined in the coming weeks by the party’s election readiness committee, in consultation with the local riding association.

BC Liberal nominations are currently open in nine ridings, with more to come imminently. Candidate selection meetings are currently scheduled for Port Moody-Coquitlam on March 8, and Oak Bay-Gordon Head for April 4.

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Deanie Wong
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BC in 2030: Andrew Wilkinson’s BC Liberals launch policy consultation

BC in 2030: Andrew Wilkinson’s BC Liberals launch policy consultation

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March 4, 2020

VANCOUVER – What will British Columbia look like in 2030 – and how can we ensure a prosperous, affordable, and sustainable future for every region, community, and family? That’s the question Andrew Wilkinson and the BC Liberals are asking British Columbians through BC in 2030, the party’s online policy consultation launching today.

“As BC Liberals, we’re at our best when we advance a big vision to meet the everyday needs of hard-working British Columbians – delivering milestone investments like the Canada Line, the 2010 Olympics, and the LNG opportunity,” said Andrew Wilkinson, BC Liberal Leader. “But we won’t win the next election on the achievements of the past. The input we get through BC in 2030 will help us choose the next wave of bold solutions to big challenges, so we can deliver opportunity for all of BC.”

As part of BC in 2030, BC Liberal members and the broader public will be invited to participate in a series of three online surveys:

  • Our Economy in 2030 – focused on growing our economy, reducing taxes, and achieving lasting prosperity in the face of global challenges.
  • Our People and Communities in 2030 – centered on affordability, transit and transportation, and liveability in every part of BC.
  • Our Environment in 2030 – aimed at protecting BC’s natural splendour and tackling climate change so we leave our province even better for future generations.

The broad-based consultation, featuring open-ended questions that allow participants maximum opportunity for input, will compliment the grassroots policy resolution process engaging BC Liberal riding associations and members in the lead-up to the party’s October convention.

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Deanie Wong
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BC Liberals continue renewal, opening Vancouver-Point Grey nomination

BC Liberal candidate Cheryl Ashlie slams NDP mental health cuts

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March 2, 2020

MAPLE RIDGE/PITT MEADOWS – Major cuts to mental health and addictions funding in the NDP’s budget will hurt vulnerable people and communities, says BC Liberal candidate Cheryl Ashlie.

The budget presented last week in Victoria includes almost a five per cent cut to the office that develops, monitors, and evaluates mental health and addictions programs, and holds other programs within the ministry flat over three years despite growing needs.

“The need for mental health supports and addiction treatment is only growing in BC – making these cuts all the more short-sighted and damaging,” says Ashlie, who works in primary health care and sees the growing needs first-hand. “We know the NDP are cutting services because they’ve run out of money and failed to grow the economy – but they shouldn’t be making the most vulnerable people in communities like Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows pay the price.”

Cuts to mental health and addictions supports are just the beginning of the services slashed by the NDP budget. K-12 education, transit, childcare, and environmental protection will all suffer funding reductions – despite 23 new or increased taxes since the NDP took power.

“The NDP promised that higher taxes would lead to improved services and lower the cost of living – and it’s now clear those promises were empty,” Ashlie added. “Only Andrew Wilkinson’s BC Liberals will grow our economy so that prosperity pays for the public services British Columbians count on.”

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BC Liberals continue renewal, opening Vancouver-Point Grey nomination

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

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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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BC Liberals continue renewal, opening Vancouver-Point Grey nomination

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