I write in response to the excellent May 12 story by Jane Seyd, Voter Turnout a Concern.
Next Tuesday's ballot in Delta South will feature just three names, but that hasn't prevented the provincial election campaign from being a spirited affair.
The time is right to make his bid to be Delta South's MLA, says Bruce McDonald.
It's been a fascinating and rewarding four years, says Delta South's independent MLA who is seeking a second term.
There has been much recent debate in our editorial columns and letters to the editor about who will best represent Delta South after the May 14 provincial election. Who will have influence in achieving goals that are in the best interests of Deltoids?
Given Delta South has been in the rather unique situation of being represented by an independent for the past four years, it's no surprise the issue of the riding's "voice" has been a leading topic during the first week of the provincial election campaign.
The major issue in the 2009 provincial election for Delta South was whether the riding would be better represented by a Liberal MLA and cabinet minister, or by an independent. The Liberal protagonists argued that a Liberal backbencher or cabinet member would be more effective and influential in promoting and protecting the interests of the riding.
Four weeks from now, we will know the make up of the next provincial government. At the moment, the polls would indicate we will be switching over to a New Democratic government with Adrian Dix as premier.
Provincial election battles are now officially underway after the customary dropping of the writ yesterday.
Abbotsford Police Chief Bob Rich has come out in favour of some form of regional police force for Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley.
Former B.C. attorney general, and Tsawwassen resident, Wally Oppal recently joined Boughton Law as senior counsel.
Community-based policing and a regional force are not mutually exclusive ideas.
They hail from opposite ends of the political spectrum, but there's little doubt the best thing that could happen to NDP fortunes in Delta South is the emergence of a Conservative candidate.
Mayor Lois Jackson will be leading a forum on policing and regionalization with key stakeholders from around the Lower Mainland next week.
I have been friends with Wally Oppal for 40some years, ever since I was a probation officer on Vancouver's Skid Row. We knew each other from basketball at the Vancouver police station and living out here in Tsawwassen. He is the only "high profile" friend I have and yet it speaks volumes about him to put up with guys like me.
New Democrats are optimistic they will make significant inroads in Delta South this May.
Up until the most recent provincial election, whenever a candidate was referred to as an independent, it was more than likely the term "fringe" could have been used as a synonym.
Should we go the regional route when it comes to policing, I fear the motto here in Delta will have to be revised from "no call too small" to "no cheque too big."
On and on it goes - the debate over whether Metro Vancouver should have a regional police force.