BLANK SPACER

Meet Your Candidates: Esquimalt-Metchosin hopefuls outline the issues facing their riding

Advance voting opens Oct. 15, ahead of the Oct. 24 election

Ahead of this October’s provincial election, Black Press Media asked your candidates what they believe the biggest issues are facing the Esquimalt-Metchosin riding and the province. Here are their responses.

Mitzi Dean

Mitzi Dean – NDP: Esquimalt-Metchosin is a working community with many families, seniors and single people and the pandemic has had an impact on everybody. Many have lost jobs, some have seen hours cut, and there’s uncertainty.

The cost of living is a big issue for people who live in my community, and the John Horgan NDP has a plan to help. We’re working to build a B.C. where strong public services are always there when people need them.

We’re focused on better health care, building more affordable housing, expanding child care, and good jobs and livelihoods in a clean-energy future. Our proposal to freeze rents until 2021 will help, as will expanding $10 a day child care, and making transit free for kids under 12 years old.

A re-elected John Horgan government would invest one per cent of GDP in a new Recovery Investment Fund. This $3 billion a year will build more schools and hospitals, road and bridges, child care centres and more – and create about 18,000 jobs each and every year.

There is much more work yet to be done and I’m eager to continue pushing ahead. We’re making progress for people, and building a recovery that includes everyone.

Andy MacKinnon

Andy MacKinnon – Green: My name is Andy MacKinnon. I’m a retired professional forester and professional biologist, and a Metchosin councillor for the last four years.

Our riding is a collection of vibrant human communities set in an area with a significant natural presence. With your help, I hope to represent the needs of the people of this riding – especially in the pressing issues of healthcare, childcare, transportation, and housing– as well as the long-term issue of how we can build communities that relate to their natural environments in healthy and sustainable ways. Additionally, I believe that we need better leadership than has been supplied by BC Liberals or NDP on important provincial issues such as land use planning, old-growth forests, and threatened and endangered species.

Desta McPherson – Independent

Candidate did not respond to the Gazette’s request for a photo or an answer to the question.

RJ Senko

RJ Senko – Liberal: Among the many issues facing residents of Esquimalt-Metchosin, transportation and access to primary health care are two of the biggest issues.

On transportation, I want to finish work I started 30 years ago and get trains running again on the E&N line. Commuter rail between the West Shore and Victoria will ease traffic and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

A passenger ferry between Colwood and Victoria will have the same benefits.

Recruitment of physicians and nurse practitioners needs to be enhanced and coordinated among all lower Island municipalities. We have three major educational institutions within the region that need additional funding so we can train more nurses, nurse practitioners and doctors right here at home.

In our region, and throughout B.C., we need to address affordable housing, homelessness, inclusion and equity issues, protect our environment and reconciliation with indigenous peoples. Of course, none of this is possible unless we can restart our economy.

Finally, we need to break through our antiquated system of “left vs right” partisan politics so we can work together to build a prosperous and just society of which we can all be proud participants.

READ MORE: A Greater Victoria guide to voting in the B.C. election

Election day is Oct. 24 with advance polls open Oct. 15 to 21 from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Find more election coverage online at goldstreamgazette.com/tag/bc-votes-2020.

READ MORE: B.C. Politics


 

Do you have a story tip? Email: vnc.editorial@blackpress.ca.

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and like us on Facebook.

BC politicsBC Votes 2020

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Victoria City Council approved two new affordable housing developments during its Oct. 22 council meeting. (Courtesy of Victoria City Council)
Victoria approves 72 new affordable housing units

Council approved new developments at 736 Princess Ave. and 330 Michigan St.

Victoria police are asking for people's help identifying the suspect of a sexual assault that occurred early Oct. 29. (Black Press Media file photo)
VicPD searching for suspect in sexual assault incident

A woman was sexually assaulted at the 800-block of Cormorant Street just before 4 a.m. Oct. 29

Sooke’s Paul Larouche gold snipes along Sooke River, a process in which he uses a mask and snorkel to find pieces of gold. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
Hitting the jackpot: Sooke man finds niche audience by gold-panning on YouTube

Paul Larouche, 29, with over 215,000 subscribers, opens up about his journey

File
Artists, activists and supporters stand at the ‘More Justice, More Peace’ mural in Victoria’s Bastion Square after the letter ‘S’ was painted over in black. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)
ACAB removed from Victoria’s More Justice, More Peace mural

New message points to VicPD, City of Victoria for silencing BIPOC voices

Burnaby RCMP responded to a dine-and-dash suspect who fell through a ceiling in March 2020. (RCMP handout)
VIDEO: Suspected dine-and-dasher falls through ceiling of Burnaby restaurant

A woman believed to be dashing on her restaurant bill fell through the kitchen ceiling

President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Allentown, Pa. on Oct. 26. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
POLL: How closely are you following the U.S. presidential election?

It may feel like it’s been going on forever but the U.S.… Continue reading

A deer was spotted in October 2020 in Prince Rupert, B.C., with a bright pink yoga ball stuck in its antlers. (Kayla Vickers/Chronicles Of Hammy The Deer Official Page)
Hammy 2.0? Prince Rupert deer spotted with bright pink yoga ball stuck in antlers

The BC Conservation Officer Service is aware of the deer roaming around the city

RCMP. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)
Kelowna Mountie hit with 2nd lawsuit in 2 months for alleged assault

Const. Julius Prommer is accused of breaking a woman’s knee during while responding to a noise complaint

Hirdeypal Batth, 24, has been charged with sexual assault and forcible confinement in relation to an incident in August 2020. (VPD handout)
Man, 24, charged with sex assault after allegedly posing as Uber driver in Vancouver

Investigators believe there could be more victims outside of the Vancouver area

Pilot Kevin Maher participated in a flyover of a ceremony at the Cobble Hill cenotaph on Oct. 22 in a 1940 North American (Noorduyn) Harvard aircraft. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Cobble Hill remembers lost military members with ceremony, flyover

Annual event commemorates those who died in non-combat roles

Adam Ireton holds his son Weston, along with Kristen and Beckett as they celebrate Weston's last day of treatment for lukemia. (Kristen Ireton photo)
799 days: ‘Super’ Weston defeats cancer

‘Weston is disease-free now, so we will be going into a period of checkups and things until he’s 18’

B.C. Premier John Horgan and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee arrive for annual Cascadia conference in Vancouver, Oct. 10, 2018. They have agreed to coordinate the permanent switch to daylight saving time. (B.C. government)
B.C. still awaiting U.S. approval to eliminate daylight saving time

Clocks going back one hour Nov. 1 in Washington too

Most Read