October 11, 2015
The Federal Election is upon us and Howe Sound has been on people’s minds. Candidate’s and their party’s positions on Woodfibre LNG and the future vision for Howe Sound have been raised during All Candidate meetings and by the media.
The Member of Parliament representing this region has the opportunity to advocate for Howe Sound within the following areas of government: (sample list)
- Fisheries and Oceans – i.e. docks, species at risk, management of commercial and recreational fish, fish habitat, derelict vessels.
- Environment – air quality, the environmental assessment process, water quality, greenhouse gas emissions, weather analysis, wildlife management
- Transportation – shipping, marine traffic, vessel management, rail, safety and emergency response
- Parks – National parks including marine protected areas.
- Aboriginal Affairs – First Nations’ rights and say in decision making over land and marine use.
- Natural Resources – Exploration and development of natural resources of national interest.
- Local infrastructure – grants for community improvement projects
- Health – water and air quality standards
We encourage people to take the time to know their candidates for the West Vancouver, Sunshine Coast, Sea to Sky Country and VOTE! Woodfibre LNG and Howe Sound has been raised with the candidates around the riding during all candidate meetings, and by the media.
Final Sunshine Coast All Candidate’s – Coast Reporter; West Van Candidates divided on Woodfibre LNG – North Shore News; Vote 2015 – Is LNG right for Howe Sound? – Squamish Chief; Federal Candidates Square off – Whistler Pique; “What kind of lunatic thinks we need an LNG plant in Howe Sound”? – Squamish Chief
John Weston – Conservative (incumbent), Ken Melamed – Green Party of Canada, Larry Koopman – NDP, Pamela Goldsmith-Jones – Liberal, Robin Kehler – Marijuana Party and Carol-Lee Chapman – Marxist-Leninist Party.