Election campaigns are the most stressful and most important moments in the life of any politician. Those few month every few years can elevate you to the next phase of your career or destroy you forever. Whatever is going in your life at that time you need particular profession, journalists, to enable you to reach your goal. Their work will give you either positive or absolutely negative picture in public and your chances will be that much better or worse on voting day. You might like or dislike them but there’s one rule: never lie on journalists. Especially don’t do it in today’s world of modern technology where every word, sound, picture or movie is preserved, protected and archived for the future. Or let me put it like this, as I usually say: Politicians are they’re own worst enemies and they often use boomerang to hit their own noses. Surrey mayoral candidate Linda Hepner and her campaign team did particularly that. It is a time to leave political scene! Continue reading “Battleground Surrey: Suicide by Hepner Campaign – Done and over!”
Political scene in British Columbia’s second largest municipality, now populated by more than half a million people, is changed forever and never again will be a same. One of the most influential and the most popular politicians not only in the province but in Canada Mayor Dianne Watts is faced with one of her once most prominent colleagues and Councillors. Barinder Rasode, first ever East-Indian Surrey elected Councillor, resigned last week from Watts’s Surrey First Coalition and decided to sit the rest of the term as independent.
The world of BC politics is always one of the most interesting parts of Canadian politics. In line with that Premier Clark on last general election failed to keep her own seat in Vancouver-Point Grey losing it to NDP MLA and her previous contender David Eby. As we know in following days or weeks province will organize by-election for Premier Clark in one of BC ridings so she can become MLA and form new government in days after that. That will cost BC taxpayers substantial amount of money which will be added to the bill which is already served for general elections. But Premier Clark has another big problem, this time with MLA’s who are in a same time elected officials in almost a dozen BC municipalities. Some of them are Councillors some are Mayor’s as Langley’s Peter Fassbender who’s one of the strongest candidates for Clark’s new Cabinet. Continue reading “Premier Clark, municipal by-elections and taxpayers money”
The Town Hall tour continued on Wednesday night this time visiting Guildford area and opening chance to the citizens to meet and ask some very though questions regarding the most important issues for this city centre. As that was a case on previous Town Halls The City of Surrey was represented by two Councillors Barbara Steele and Barinder Rasode, Planning & Development General Manager Jean Lamontagne, Engineering GM Vince Lalonde and several administrative officials. As we saw on one of the previous Town Halls, the Newton one, discussion focus was on crime, community facilities and transportation, Guildford meeting was focused on some different areas. Focus on Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion, eternal issue of illegal suites, sustainable energy, community pool and electoral reform which could reintroduce ward system. Continue reading “Guildford Town Hall: Pipeline, Illegal suites, Sustainable energy, Community pool and ward system”
SURREY – Last Saturday night all eyes in British Columbia were fixed on only two race, Vancouver and Surrey,everyone was interested to learn what would happen, who will be re-elected or elected and in which direction will go two the most important municipal centers. While Vancouver race was pretty tight and on moments so interesting, Surrey’s fight for municipal leadership was not so interesting when it comes to tightness between candidates numbers it was more interesting in percentage difference which divide them on final count. Surrey’s fight transformed itself from election race to referendum on political future of the City but also whole community, decisions made on this elections will have a huge reflection on Surrey’s future, by the wish and votes of citizens. Continue reading “Historic elections of November 19th – Surrey goes with Surrey First, Bob Bose is retiring”