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Delta-Richmond chapter holds #bcelxn17 all-candidates debate

(L-R) Nicholas Wong (Independent), Bruce Reid (NDP) and Larry Colero (Green Party). Photo by Ian Jacques/ Delta Optimist.

The Council of Canadians Delta-Richmond chapter held a provincial election all-candidates debate on April 27.

Chapter activist Bob Ages has posted, “Our Council of Canadians chapter had a very successful event this past week, co-sponsored by the Delta Residents Association and reported in our local community paper. Great job by all our chapter volunteers, led by our chair, Lynn Armstrong.”

The Delta Optimist reports, “Three of the five candidates in Delta South tackled a number of issues at a well-attended public forum Thursday night in Ladner. Co-sponsored by the local chapter of the Council of Canadians and the Delta Residents Association, the meeting attracted more than 250 residents to the Ladner Community Centre. Independent Nicholas Wong, New Democrat Bruce Reid and Green Larry Colero answered questions about health care, education, the George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project, Terminal 2, the housing crisis, a proposed casino, party loyalties and more.”

The article adds, “The candidates received five questions in advance, while a number of others were accepted from the audience prior to the start of the forum.”

A number of Council of Canadians chapters have organized public forums this provincial election:

  • Comox Valley chapter public forum on public health care, March 15

  • Chilliwack chapter all-candidates debate, March 22

  • Williams Lake chapter all-candidates debate, April 20

  • Cowichan Valley chapter public forum on the LNG industry, April 26

  • Delta-Richmond chapter all-candidates debate April 27

Our Victoria chapter has also recently endorsed the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs’ ‘Vote Anyone But Clark’ online campaign.

In addition, Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow did a pre-election speaking tour primarily focused on water protection organized by local chapters and our staff that took her to Courtenay on April 6 (where 360 people came to hear her speak), Nanaimo on April 7 (with 300 people), Victoria on April 8 (with 150 people), Williams Lake on April 10 (with 130 people), and Kamloops on April 11 (with 200 people).

The vote takes place on May 9.

The Council of Canadians is a non-partisan organization that endorses no political party, but rather is committed to building a peoples’ movement capable of holding any government accountable to the public interest.