Note: this is yet another post about politics & elections in New West. I know many of you don’t much like this sort of thing, and there’s been a bit of a run on this topic of late. Please bear with us – we will return to our regular programming shortly! Voting day is Monday, May 2, and then we have a bit of a break before the real ‘silly season’ begins before the municipal elections this November …
The all-candidates event co-hosted by New Westminster Environmental Partners, NEXT New West and Tenth to the Fraser went swimmingly tonight, with seven out of the eight candidates representing the Conservatives, NDP, Liberals and Greens showing up to mix and mingle with local voters.
As promised, ‘speechifying’ was kept to a minimum. Although each candidate did get a few minutes to introduce themselves, the tone seemed less scripted than what you typically find at an all-candidates’ event. The real fun was in the social, not just shaking hands with the candidates or bending their ears on a topic of personal concern, but meeting other local people who are motivated to engage in civic life. The people in attendance were quite a diverse crowd, with supporters from all camps as well as some who hadn’t yet made up their minds who to vote for. There were citizens of all ages, from twentysomethings to retirees. The room was buzzing with great conversation. For the most part, people were respectful of others with different political beliefs. It was refreshing to see.
For those of you who may have wished to attend the event, or who were curious about what the candidates said in their soapbox riffs, I have embedded some video I took with my iPhone at the event. I apologize for the poor lighting, but at least the audio should be clear enough to hear what they had to say.
Rebecca Helps, Green Party Candidate for New Westminster-Coquitlam
Fin Donnelly, NDP Candidate for New Westminster-Coquitlam
Paul Forseth, Conservative Candidate for Burnaby-New Westminster
Carrie McLaren, Green Party Candidate for Burnaby-New West
Ken Beck Lee, Liberal Candidate for New Westminster-Coquitlam
Diana Dilworth, Conservative Candidate for New Westminster-Coquitlam
Peter Julian, NDP candidate for Burnaby-New Westminster
I’d like to say a big thank-you to all the candidates who came out. It was great to have representatives attend from the four most popular parties.
I also announced at the event that I’d like to host a ‘Vote Party,’ in which we go out after the polls close and raise a glass together to watch the election results roll in. I’m taking suggestions for venues now if you’d like to weigh in with your opinion. Suggestions so far have included the Westminster Club, Drink Lounge, and The Terminal Pub. Let me know your preferences/suggestions in the comments, and watch for an upcoming post with the details once I pick a venue!