Richmond candidates: Why should voters elect you?

Four candidates are running for office in Richmond. We asked each of them “Why should voters elect you as MP?”

Alice Wong, Conservative

Incumbent Alice Wong, 62, first tried her hand at politics in 2000, running for the Canadian Alliance in Vancouver. She lost, but returned again in 2008—this time in Richmond—winning with 49.8 per cent of the vote. Wong holds a doctorate in curriculum and instruction, and before entering politics managed international programs at what is now Kwantlen Polytechnic University. An immigrant from Hong Kong, Wong served as Parliamentary Secretary for Multiculturalism in the last Parliament.

“Why vote for me? Results. My team has handled almost 1,000 constituent cases. And we’ve worked with a wide range of officials to ensure that Richmond receives federal funding for projects like roads, buildings, and infrastructure. Results.

“Under the leadership of Stephen Harper we have successfully navigated through the toughest global recession in recent history, while keeping taxes low, and maintaining our social safety net. We’ve also taken a tough stand on crime and illegal immigration, and supported our armed forces. Results.

“This election represents a clear choice between tax-and-spend policies, and a Conservative government committed to fiscal responsibility and job creation. I have proven myself where it counts—in Richmond.”

Joe Peschisolido, Liberal

Joe Peschisolido, 47, is a familiar face in Richmond, having begun campaigning 18 months ago after winning his party’s nomination over former MP Raymond Chan. Peschisolido won the Richmond seat in 2000 with the Canadian Alliance Party. He later switched his allegiance to the Liberal party, something not all voters have forgiven him for, according to a poll. Peschisolido is a lawyer and 11-year resident of the riding.

“If elected your member of Parliament for Richmond I will be a strong, vocal advocate for local issues in Ottawa. I will fight the YVR Jet Fuel Pipeline and do everything in my power to see the $29.6 million Garden City Land monies returned to our city.

“I will work towards real investments in affordable housing, the arts, pensions, family care, and education. I will defend universal public healthcare and support the long gun registry and the oil tanker ban along B.C.’s northern coast. I will work towards a balanced budget. Your local member of Parliament matters.”

Dale Jackaman, NDP

Dale Jackaman, 54, finished third in the last election with 5,059 votes. A businessman who operates Amuleta Computer Security, Jackaman focused his energy in 2008 on attacking the Conservatives. This is his third federal campaign, and he says the Conservatives still can’t be trusted.

“If elected I will provide leadership you can trust in Richmond, and work to fix what’s broken in Ottawa. New Democrats will take practical steps to: strengthen pensions so seniors can live in dignity; train and hire more doctors and nurses; boost job creation and support small businesses; make life more affordable for your family; advance a national affordable housing strategy; protect wild salmon and sensitive fisheries habitat; and oppose Stephen Harper’s unfair HST.

“Who do you trust to deliver results for you and your family? You can replace Stephen Harper with a prime minister who will fight for you. Jack Layton and I won’t stop until the job is done.”

Michael Wolfe, Green

Michael Wolfe, 29, is a teacher in Richmond, currently serving as teacher-consultant in sustainability for the district. He’s previously run for every political seat in his riding. The Garden City lands prompted Wolfe to first try earning a political seat, and preserving the agricultural land is still his chief concern.

“I am a different voice, here to lead us to a livable world, now and for our children and their children. After 29 years and six election campaigns in Richmond, my political will and leadership has deep roots with a positive vision and down-to-earth solutions. As the first Green party MP in Canada, we will make history and set our region apart to harness our unique diversities by educating the world about the ‘best practices’ to shrink the gap between the rich and poor and raise the standard of living, while strengthening our health, neighbourhoods, economy and environmental laws.”


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