Diana Dilworth – Conservative


This is candidate week here at the V3H! There is a by-election happening in the federal riding of New Westminster-Coquitlam on November 9, and we want to keep you informed. So this week we will be posting interviews from four candidates vying for election as MP. Each candidate answered the same 5 questions from us, and we are printing their responses verbatim, in the order in which we received them. The third one is from Diana Dilworth, candidate for the Conservative Party.

Can you tell us a little bit about your background, and why you would like to represent New Westminster-Coquitlam?
I have lived, worked and volunteered in New Westminster, Coquitlam and Port Moody for eighteen years and I believe my experience, enthusiasm, and involvement with the community would make me an excellent representative for the area.

I became involved in politics in 1999 when I ran for City Councillor in Port Moody and ever since then I have worked to be engaged in community issues. I feel my service over the last decade is evidence that I am trustworthy and that I get things done for my community.

A background of diverse work experience has given me the tools necessary to deliver real results for families and businesses in New Westminster, Coquitlam and Port Moody. I have worked with the federal government and run my own small business. Working as a consultant, for both private companies and local government, has really helped me gain an in-depth understanding of the issues affecting the area. For the past seven years, I have been working as the Manager of Council Operations for the Fraser Basin Council, a non-profit organization with the mission to advance sustainability within BC. This position has enabled me to become a passionate voice for economic, environmental and social sustainability.

As a single parent, I understand first-hand the challenges of raising a family and making ends meet on a single income. I believe the best way to bring about positive change and overcome challenges in your family and community is through a hands-on approach. That is why I became involved with my children’s extra-curricular activities, the Parent Advisory Council at my children’s school, and numerous community boards. Another organization that I am very proud of being involved with is Crossroads Hospice Society, for which I have volunteered for over six years and served as President for the past year.

What do you see as the most important issue currently facing New Westminster-Coquitlam?
I think economic stability is critical right now. So much depends on it. And I am proud of the work Prime Minister Harper and the Conservative government have done to reduce the impact of the global recession and to help individuals and families during this difficult economic time. This is the concern I hear the most when speaking with residents of our communities.

I think an equally important priority we should be addressing is making our streets and our communities safer. The safety and security of Canada’s neighbourhoods, schools and streets should not be used as a political football. All Canadians, regardless of political affiliation, should support actions that respect victims, protect law-abiding families, and hold criminals fully accountable for their crimes. I believe implementation of the new legislation and measures introduced by the federal Government will enable our community to prosper peacefully.

How does your party serve the needs and concerns of local residents?
As the party who holds government, the Conservative Party of Canada is the only party that can effectively deliver results for New Westminster-Coquitlam. Recent investments in our community demonstrate this: last week funding was provided to the City of Port Moody for the rehabilitation of soccer fields, in September Minister of Heritage, James Moore, announced funding for the City of Coquitlam in support of its arts and culture sector and in New Westminster, funds for a new Youth Facility were announced. As a Conservative MP I will be able to be an effective voice for the residents of New Westminster-Coquitlam.

Transportation has been on the minds of many local residents, with the damage to the Murray St. overpass this summer and the uncertainty over the Evergreen Line. What are your views on how to best meet the area’s transportation needs?
Local transportation is important for the residents of New Westminster-Coquitlam and Port Moody and it is the job of local governments to establish priorities and create projects that will make transportation better. It is the job of the local MP to make sure that there is adequate funding available for exciting, new transportation products. The Federal Government is responsible for national forms of transportation like the railways or air travel.

In partnership with local governments, the Government of Canada has committed to bettering our area’s transit system. In February, Prime Minister Stephen Harper pledged an impressive $350 million towards the Evergreen Line on behalf of the Government of Canada and this contribution will help with this much needed transit line. Other projects, which will help transportation, have also been made possible through joint provincial and federal funding and programs in Canada’s Economic Action Plan. For instance, the existing old wooden bridge over Noons Creek in Port Moody will be replaced with a modern concrete bridge at a cost of about $1 million dollars. In Coquitlam, $14.6M is being provided for major road improvements to both King Edward and School streets. These important investments in our community’s infrastructure will further help transportation.

In the last federal election voter turnout dropped to an all-time low. How will you engage with voters and involve them in the electoral process?
I think being responsive to voter’s wishes is the most important aspect of invigorating the electorate. Everyday, I am meeting voters on their doorsteps, hearing their unique concerns and encouraging them to get involved in the by-election. I am also reaching out to people through coffee parties, town hall meetings and non-traditional means including social networking, like Facebook.

I am listening and responding to the residents of New Westminster, Coquitlam and Port Moody and am ensuring that they know that the results of this upcoming by-election are critically important to the welfare of our community.

Thanks so much to Diana, for taking the time to speak with us. Please check back tomorrow to read the final candidate interview. And, of course, if you live in New Westminster-Coquitlam, take the time to vote on November 9!

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  1. Diana may want to represent the people in her riding, but the answers she provided sound like stock cookie-cutter answers provided by the party. People want leaders,not just local representatives who just tow the party line.

    Diana, tell us what YOU think about local issues, not what the party tells you to think.

    That’s just how it appears to me.

  2. You know, Mike, your comment is totally consistent with the Conservatives mail I have been getting. It’s all about Harper and the party, not at all about Diana, there is just a mention of her name and a small picture. That campaign is about the party and not about her at all. Also, I read the local papers and it seems to me like she has been avoiding media. In contrast, Fin Donnelly’s pamphlets are about him and his accomplishments, the recent one especially is very nice, with the map. It’s nice to get to know your potential representatives and know they have more to say than just repeat their party’s rhetoric.

  3. I too wonder about Diana avoiding the Media. Recently Shaw interviewed all the canadidates on the Tr-Cities show that airs on Monday evening and Diana’s absense was definately noted. The interviewer commented that Diana did not return their phone calls nor did she respond to their request through her facebook page. If she is serious about this campaign why isn’t she taking advantage of every opportunity that the media offers.

    • Actually, Diana was the first to email me back about the interviews, and has been very approachable throughout the whole campaign. So our experience with Diana, and all the candidates for that matter, has been great. It’s always hard to run in a by-election as part of the governing party, and the way the Conservatives generally sell themselves as Stephen Harper’s Party seems like the wrong approach in New West. I would say the same thing about the mailings we get from James Moore. Let’s hear more about our MP in the community, and less about the party line from the Prime Minister’s Office.

  4. I think Diana Dilworth would make an excellent MP. She’s energetic and in-touch with the community. I think we need a strong government voice for New Westminster–Coquitlam. The NDP are great “opposers” in parliament, but when it comes to being constructive only Diana can give a truly meaningful voice in parliament. The NDP has been shown to be terrible managers of the economy (as British Columbians know full well), whereas the Conservatives have so far given steady, sure, and pragmatic leadership for our country.

    I actually come from a traditional Liberal family, but recently I’ve just been fed up with the Liberals. Michael Ignatieff … what can I say? I don’t the trust the man. He has been away from Canada for so long and said some disturbing things in the past (such as his insults about Canada and his support for torture). I can’t vote for a Liberal party so out of touch with Canadians. Ken Lee seems to be a good man, but the arrogance and sense of entitlement of the Liberal party have turned me off very much.

    Therefore, DILWORTH has my VOTE.

  5. Jay,

    “the Conservatives have so far given steady, sure, and pragmatic leadership for our country. “… Are you serious?

    We’re in pretty bad shape right now, have you not noticed? Obviously, it’s insane to blame a global recession on the current government but I think it’s fair to say that the deregulation and speculative, greedy tendencies of governments that call themselves “conservative” is somewhat to blame. This current government not only didn’t do enough to help Canadians, they denied there even was a problem until it was impossible to hide it. It’s one thing to not be able to keep things stable amidst a global recession, it’s another thing to stick your head in the sand and pretend everything is okay.

    And since the Conservatives seem so keen on making the separation from provincial and federal issues when it comes to the HST, I will allow myself to point out that the BC NDP and the federal NDP are not the same.

  6. Always the reference back to the 90’s with the NDP. Hmmm, seems there was 1.5 billion in the bank that the drunk gordo gave away to his friends. Lets be realistic righties. Focus on the now. Not the past. Vote in Fin! He will do a great job, and will not pander to harpo’s wishes and become a lapdog of his.

  7. Diana definitely was not concerned about being absent for the all candidates meeting tonight. She lost any chance at my vote as a result.

  8. Barry E Chilton says:

    I See in the comments and statements given out by the Fed NDP, that they are trying to place the fed Conservatives in the drivers seat when it comes to the subject of the Provincial HST.
    The HST is a product of the Prov Liberals and Dictator Campbell.
    The federal Conservative Government and for that matter any Federal Government, must consider any proposals sent, for changes to be made in the way Taxes are formulated and administered.
    I cannot find any documents which state that the federal government proposed the implimentation of a change to the BC Provincial tax structure.
    What may be confusing the voter is when a high profile person on the Federal Conservative election team (EDA Board and exec and in fact Federal MP’s) are on BC Provincial Liberal election Teams.
    How does the voter make the distinction between Federal and Provincial Parties on the subject of the HST.
    Take note that Mr Layton campaigns with the BC Provincial NDP. (But they are not connected!)
    The Federal NDP is apposed to the BC Prov HST and so is the Provincial NDP.
    The voters in BC (Provincial Elections) were informed after the May Election that two legislative changes were hidden to make certain that the Provincial Liberals maintained their majority in the Legislature.
    The first change to be made after the election was the HST which the Provincial NDP now opposes.
    The second was the Recognition and reconciliation bill, which the Provincial NDP does not oppose.
    One must wonder how it is that persons outside of the legislature were able to find the details on both proposed changes prior to the election, when the NDP stated within the election period that they had no knowledge of legislative changes. (the voter may ask:- what do NDP MLA’s do in the Legisature!)
    In the Provincail Elections the only Party opposed to and is still opposed to the legislative changes is the BC Conservative Party.
    The R&R Bill for your information is to do with the federal indian act, and is a federal matter which the provincial appears to believe is under their control.
    The NDP will not oppose the R&R Bill as they under Mike Harcourt attempted the same in 1991.

    • It does seem a little strange that a federal candidate would campaign on the HST, when it’s really up to the province. That being said, I’m sure the NDP campaign team is more than happy to talk about what voters are actually interested in. The HST is front and centre, and no sense getting into a lot of distinctions if it’s an issue they can win votes on.

  9. Brian Hession says:

    As one other responder wrote,it never looks good for a candidate to not be at all candidates meetings.
    My beef however is the number of calls we had from the Conservative camp.
    On the first call about 3 weeks ago,I indicated that Diana Dilworth had my vote.
    Over the next 3 weeks,we had no fewer than 16 calls or recorded messages.
    After about 5 calls,I told them to take us off the list,or I would be changing my vote.
    I don’t know who was running the campaign,but recorded messages and endless calls,are not the way to win my vote.


  1. […] Day 11: A couple of days worth of updates October 30, 2009 John Baird visited New Westminster-Coquitlam candidate Diana Dilworth.  Dilworth is the subject of the latest profile by The V3H. […]

  2. […] The Conservative Party appears to have told Dilworth and other Tory candidates in the four federal byelections being held Monday to steer clear of reporters and other candidates. Isn’t that an odd request for a party looking for votes? Dilworth seems to be running on her party’s brand name which has enjoyed a strong performance over the past year. That’s fair enough but what does it tell us about the candidate? Little or nothing. Her web site is chock full in ‘information’ and there’s been a number of online ‘interviews’ (a safe and comfortable to get your message out Diana?) including the recent post on thev3h.com. […]