Port Moody-Coquitlam By-Election: Dennis Marsden

Dennis Marsden by-election 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 today is Dennis Marsden, candidate for the BC Liberal Party.

Why would you like to represent Port Moody-Coquitlam?

This community has been my home for over 30 years. I’ve grown up here, I’m raising my children here, and I’ve worked with the people who make this community great. I have a strong sense of public service, and I believe that participation in our democracy is the next logical step in my giving back. This community has given me so much and I want the voters of this riding and their children to have the same opportunities that I have been so fortunate to receive. To do that, we need a strong voice in Victoria, and I have the drive and experience to be that voice.

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

The two most important issues that I have heard when speaking with both voters and clients during my career with local Credit Unions:

  1. Economy – Families want strong stable jobs, the type that pay at a level to enable them to take care of their families, providing the basic necessities that every parent wants to be able to give their children whether that be sports, arts or any other family activity.
  2. Transportation – It is essential that we provide both good public transit options such as the Evergreen Line but also a road network to help move goods, services and people with projects such as the new Port Mann bridge and the Highway 1 project.

The BC Liberals have taken a strong leadership position on both of these issues and I am proud to work with this party to deliver these services to our residents.

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

The most important thing to people in this riding is jobs. They need to know that they are going to be able to support their families and have confidence that there will be jobs for their children into the future. Local representation is crucial in ensuring that our provincial strategies work for this riding, bring jobs to our communities, and create prosperity for years to come. By electing an MLA with strong roots in the community, we can be guaranteed a passionate voice in the Legislature that knows our issues and can deliver results.

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?

Strong local representation is the key to getting our concerns and issues not only heard, but acted upon in Victoria. It is important that we elect an individual that has an ability to work with people and collaborate toward solutions to meet local needs. It is critical that this individual represent the two cities and two villages, by demonstrating the ability work with both local councils and senior governments. By electing a government MLA, our concerns will be voiced around the caucus table, in committees, and will have a strong advocate within the government that will be able to influence decision makers in a way that delivers results. With a hard working representative who knows this community, its aspirations and its concerns, we can be assured that the issues that matter to voters in Port Moody-Coquitlam are heard loud and clear.

The Liberal government is facing some tough issues, and their approval rating is low. How will you win the confidence of the people of Port Moody-Coquitlam and move forward in a positive direction as MLA?

The most important thing that I can put in front of the voters in Port Moody-Coquitlam is honesty, loyalty and hard work. Being an MLA is more than a full-time job, it’s a commitment to the people that you represent. I promise that I will work hard to bring the issues that matter to voters in this community to Victoria. In all of my endeavours, I have put the interests of my organization, my co-workers and my fellow board members alongside mine and worked together toward solution regardless of political stripe. I then set out to work hard to deliver on the promises that we have made, something that I think the voters want in a representative. By focusing on what we can do moving forward, specifically what we do to improve the lives of the voters in this community, I can gain people’s support knowing that I am fighting for their best interests.

Thank you so much for speaking with us Dennis. 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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