Porter eyes roundabouts and open government

Christopher Porter is the Canadian Action Party candidate for Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca.

The interim leader of the Canadian Action Party is seeking a seat in Parliament in Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca.

Christopher Porter said he is “willing to work for a consensus” on all matters and issues.

With regard to West Shore traffic congestion, Porter said building an overpass at McKenzie Avenue and the Trans-Canada Highway won’t solve the problem. He suggests using large, European-style roundabouts at “every high flow traffic intersection,” including on the highway at McKenzie.

“It could be implemented in three months,” Porter said.

He said he doesn’t support the proposed development near the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail that includes the possibility of 257 cabins on private land.

Porter has concerns over supporting trafficking and disturbing animals that call the JDF rural resource lands home.

Mostly, he said he wants to give the voters transparency and accountability in the way the country is governed.

“I want to put trust back into our government and politics,” Porter said. “Everyone (in the other parties) seem to be lobbying their point of view instead of coming together (during this election).”

Porter admits that before he became involved the Canadian Action Party, he didn’t participate in politics.

“Then I realized that if I don’t participate in democracy, I can’t be protected,” Porter said.

For his campaign, Porter is pleading with people to become involved with political process. “Get out and vote and participate,” Porter said.

Porter suggested the MP salary be cut in half and the other portion be put into holding more public forums to help work towards consensus on local issues.

Porter said he’s witnessed governments in indigenous tribes in the South Pacific who find consensus on all issues, where everyone is happy with the outcome. He would like to implement that in Canada.

“I’ve learned to listen to everyone,” Porter said.

Porter has been the interim leader of the Canadian Action Party since September 2010. In the 2008 election, the Canadian Action Party fielded 130 votes in Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca.

Porter once worked for Oak Bay Marina’s now-defunct Sealand of the Pacific, and later as head trainer at the Vancouver Aquarium.

He went onto becoming a dolphin trader in the Solomon Islands before having a change of heart about the industry.

These days, Porter works as a director of visitor experience for the consulting company Oeveo Corporation. He resides in Saanich.

For more, see www.canadianactionparty.ca.

reporter@goldstreamgazette.com

 

 

Just Posted

Saanich walks the walk on crosswalk after student lobbied for improvements

Elanor Teel approached first Saanich about the intersection in March 2017

Firefighters across the region swing into the giving season

Local firefighter says it’s about whole community

Canadians spent $1.7 billion dollars online in December 2016

Online retail sales accounted for 3.4 per cent of total retail sales

Pedestrian scrambles, underground tunnels and other downtown Victoria quirks

The area around the former Eaton’s Centre had some unique ideas

WATCH: Cyclist doored by pickup truck near Goldstream Avenue traffic circle

The incident was captured by a reader’s dashcam on Friday evening

Victoria axe thrower targets world championships

Former pitcher to compete at World Axe Throwing League Championships in Chicago

POLL: Are you giving to charities over the holiday season?

In the holiday rush, amidst the hustle and bustle to find that… Continue reading

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Dec. 4, 2018

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Boeser scores 3, Pettersson has 5 points as Canucks hammer Blues

Vancouver picks up impressive 6-1 win in St. Louis

Battle over Saanich’s Haro Woods not yet over, says report

Draft management plan calls on Saanich to spend $142,500 to improve area

In Canada, the term ‘nationalism’ doesn’t seem to have a bad rap. Here’s why

Data suggest that Canadians don’t see the concept of nationalism the way people do in the United States

Small quake recorded west of Vancouver Island

No injuries or tsunami warning after 5.4 rumble felt some 400 kilometres from Victoria

B.C. suspends Chinese portion of Asian forestry trade mission due to Huawei arrest

Huawei’s chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou was detained at the request of U.S. in Vancouver

2-year investigations nets $900,000 in refunds for payday loan customers

Consumer Protection BC says selling practices were ‘aggressive and deceptive’

Most Read