Port Moody-Coquitlam By-Election: Christine Clarke

Christine Clarke Byelection Port Moody Coquitlam

There’s a provincial by-election happening in Port Moody-Coquitlam on April 19, 2012. To help you decide who to vote for, we’re running candidate profiles this week, in the order in which we received their responses. Up first is Christine Clarke, candidate for the BC Conservative Party.

Why would you like to represent Port Moody-Coquitlam?

People in this riding deserve to have an MLA who has clearly defined principles and who is willing to represent their interests ahead of any party position. The people I speak to complain that what goes on in Victoria is for the benefit of insiders and cronies and not everyday people in the Tri-Cities. It would be my great privilege to represent them in the Legislature.

What do you see as the most important issues currently facing Port Moody-Coquitlam?

The cost of living is what I hear about the most. Gas went up two cents on April 1st, and will go up another 1.1 cents in July, on top of the highest gas taxes in the country. MSP premiums are up. Incomes taxes are up. BC Hydro rates are going up and so are ICBC insurance premiums. This government is nickel-and-diming families across the province.

How does your party serve the needs and concerns of local residents?

We are the only party standing up for hardworking families in the Tri-Cities. The Liberals and the NDP put the interests of insiders, cronies and special interests first. That is why they both voted to jack up gas taxes by two cents per litre on April 1st. We will put everyday British Columbians first – not big corporate donors like the Liberals or the public sector union bosses like the NDP.

Throughout the run-up to this by-election, we’ve seen the province’s lens focused on Port Moody-Coquitlam. How do we ensure that our issues remain a priority after April 19?

By making sure we don’t get taken for granted. Isn’t it terrible that our MLA had to quit so that we get attention? Electing me as a BC Conservative MLA will show that we in this riding have an independent voice and are not content to only have our issues taken seriously around election time. My first responsibility will be to the people of Port Moody and Coquitlam, and to my party second.

You are a political newcomer, and you belong to a party that few British Columbians know much about. How prepared are you to serve as an MLA in Victoria, as the lone Conservative member, and how will you make your voice heard?

I have never been afraid to make my voice heard and as of March 26th, with John Van Dongen deciding to quit the BC Liberal party and join us, I would no longer be the lone Conservative member. His experience will be a great asset to any new Conservative MLA. The response I have been getting at the doorsteps shows me that people are confident that a common sense mainstream conservative voice is exactly what we need in Victoria. As your MLA I won’t be afraid of offending powerful insiders or big donors – I can and will put Port Moody-Coquitlam first.

Thank you so much for speaking with us Christine. And no matter who you support, we urge everyone in Port Moody-Coquitlam to show up and cast their vote on April 19.

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