Port Moody-Coquitlam By-Election: Joe Trasolini

Joe Trasolini 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 Joe Trasolini, candidate for the BC NDP.

Why would you like to represent Port Moody-Coquitlam?

I have 25 years experience as a small businessman. I have dedicated 15 years of my life as Councillor and Mayor in the City of Port Moody and as director at Metro Vancouver Board advocating for the residents and taxpayers of the Northeast Sector. My style has been one of consultation, openness and accessibility. Above everything else we need elected officials to be open,accessible and consultative. I would like to bring my knowledge and experience to the provincial level.

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

First, I see affordability for families and small business as a major issue. We need practical, sensible solutions to make life more affordable for families. Second, I see students increasingly struggling with post-secondary education costs because grants have been removed. They are facing high interest rates for tuition fees to the point where it is becoming unaffordable for young people to pay for post-secondary education. The provincial government seems to be focusing on exporting raw logs, resources and energy. We must find a way to utilize our resources to create good-paying jobs for British Columbians of all ages. Seniors need better care, improved home support and a Seniors’ Advocate. We in BC are blessed with natural resources, energy, and brainpower – what we lack is a vision from our provincial government. One important local issue is the Murray-Clarke Overpass completion which will improve traffic flow, cut congestion and stop traffic lineups which adversely affect air quality.

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

Our constituency offices are open to assist all and residents with concerns and issues. Working as advocates for people, our party tirelessly works to make sure that no individual is left without assistance and a voice. I have a record of being available to the residents of his community and to consult on major issues. For example, while n the mayor’s office for 12 years, I held a Thursday open office. People can come without appointments to talk about any issue of concur or simply to make suggestions.

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?

If I am elected, I will continue with my proven record of strongly advocating for the residents of the communities that I represent – Anmore, Belcarra, Port Moody and Coquitlam. This is something I have a 15 year proven record of achieving.

You’ve served the City of Port Moody for years, most recently as mayor. During that time, you often had strong words for the City of Coquitlam over issues such as traffic going to Murray Street. How will you put that behind you to represent Coquitlam residents at the provincial level?

In the past I made a simple statement of the fact that 70% of the traffic coming through the Murray-Clarke overpass comes from east of Port Moody (Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge, and so on). This is only to emphasize that the Murray-Clarke overpass is of regional importance and as such it is 15 years overdue to be completed. if elected I will contnue to advocate for it to be completed.

Thank you so much for speaking with us Joe. 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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  1. Laurie McDougall says:

    Hey folks, you have a Joe Transolini election sign at the corner of Clark and Barnett. It’s blocking the view of traffic for those who are trying to turn right from Clark onto Barnett.

    It wouldn’t be an issue, but if you’ve ever turned right there you can see how people come rocketing off of St. Johns and onto the Barnett. There’s very little time to join into the traffic safely.

    If you could move your sign back down Clark a few yards, that would solve the problem.


    Mr. Laurie McDougall


    • If you have an issue with sign placement, your best bet is to contact the Trasolini campaign office directly. Their phone number is 604.939.8889. We just published the interview here – TheV3H has no control over campaign signs. Although, if we did, there would be a whole lot less of them. 😉