Thursday, October 17, 2019

The CANDIDATES

In their own words, what would make them a great MP and what issues are important to them . . .

Contact Richard

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Richard — In his own words

I was born and raised on a small orchard in the Okanagan. I worked for 17 years as a biologist at UBC, then moved back to the Okanagan to raise my family. I had my own business as an ecological consultant for 20 years, then entered politics in 2015 to bring a voice of science and the environment to parliament. For the last four years I’ve had the privilege of being the Member of Parliament for South Okanagan-West Kootenay.

What makes him a great MP

I’ve spent my life studying and teaching ecology and have written over a dozen books on the natural history of British Columbia. While working as an MP for the past four years I’ve made an impact through private members bills that fixed the Species at Risk Act and supported the forest industry through promoting federal government procurement by building infrastructure with wood. In Ottawa I work collaboratively with all parties to bring positive change to the Okanagan and to the country.

Richard’s Convictions — What issues are important to him

My top issue is the environment. I’m one of only 25 candidates across the country endorsed by GreenPAC, an independent national group that recognizes environmental champions. We need to act boldly and quickly to tackle the climate crisis, working across party lines. Affordable housing is another critical issue here, affecting young families trying to stay in the Okanagan, or businesses trying to hire workers to build the local economy. And finally, the NDP will bring in public pharmacare for all, saving billions of dollars each year while ensuring every Canadian can afford their prescription drugs.

Contact Tara

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tarahowse.greenparty.ca

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Tara — In her own words

As a researcher, I am constantly asking questions to seek truths. My work in the community economic development field has allowed me to view issues from multiple angles. I have a record of bringing diverse points of view together to address an issue in an inclusive and respectful way.

I am a small business owner that manages my own day-to-day operations of securing contracts, meeting timelines, and delivering results.

Throughout my time as Green Party Candidate, I have continued to balance work and pursue a Master’s, the latter of which I was granted an Emerging Scholar Award to attend the International Conference on Environmental, Culture, Economic, & Social Sustainability (2019).

All of these skills are highly transferable and desirable as MP: organized, thorough, ability to work with many different types of people with various viewpoints, adaptable, hard working, and self-motivated.

I believe that people and humanity are fundamentally good, having experienced it time and again on my long expeditions. I believe in this country and its people. I believe that with strong voices asking difficult questions, we can bring democracy back to the fore and begin to actually address our climate crisis, social injustices, while still maintaining a strong economy.

What would make her a great MP

As a researcher, I am constantly asking questions to seek truths. My work in the community economic development field has allowed me to view issues from multiple angles. I have a record of bringing diverse points of view together to address an issue in an inclusive and respectful way.

I am a small business owner who manages a day-to-day operations of securing contracts, meeting timelines, and delivering results.

Throughout my time as Green Party Candidate, I have continued to balance work and pursue a Master’s, the latter of which I was granted an Emerging Scholar Award to attend the International Conference on Environmental, Culture, Economic, & Social Sustainability (2019).

All of these skills are highly transferable and desirable as MP: organized, thorough, ability to work with many different types of people with various viewpoints, adaptable, hard working, and self-motivated.

I believe that people and humanity are fundamentally good, having experienced it time and again on my long expeditions. I believe in this country and its people. I believe that with strong voices asking difficult questions, we can bring democracy back to the fore and begin to actually address our climate crisis, social injustices, while still maintaining a strong economy.

Tara’s Convictions — What issues are important to her

I am running on a platform of improving democracy by increasing transparency and accountability in the government process. The current system and its processes are broken, be it through corporate influence, whipped voting, or Prime Minster’s Office (PMO) powers. Until we address the systemic issues that are affecting government decision-making, we can never address the climate crisis, social inequality, or true economic security.

With support from the Green Party, we will introduce legislation that addresses such systemic issues as tax evasion and loopholes, reducing the powers of the PMO, and strengthening lobbying regulations.

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Helena — In her own words

I have lived in in the South Okanagan for more than 25 years. I graduated from UCLA with a degree in Political Science and traveled the world as a professional tennis player, playing in tournaments such as Wimbledon and the US Open, achieving a top 100 world ranking.

After tennis, I went on to work for NIKE at their world headquarters in Portland, Oregon, where I met my husband Adam. Soon afterward we opened our small business, Konanz Chiropractic Centre, inside Okanagan Chiropractic Centre and had two children, Zakary and Zoe.

I was first elected onto Penticton City Council in 2011 and was re-elected in 2014 as one of the top vote-getters. I also represented the city on the board of the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen.

While on city council I consistently voted in a conservative and fiscally responsible manner, fighting tirelessly to keep both taxes and electric rates low.

I attained my master’s degree in Political Science at UBC Okanagan in June 2019. I’ve won several Canadian tennis championships and have spent nearly a decade volunteering as a coach for the Penticton Secondary School Tennis Team.

I have also volunteered multiple times at the Soupateria and at events such as Rib-fest and the Christmas toy drive, and I’m actively involved in the ‘YES Project’ to create accessible core services for youth.

What would make her a great MP

Through these different roles, I know the time and dedication that it takes to achieve real results and I know that if chosen to represent you as your Member of Parliament, you can be assured that you will always have my full attention. My experience, knowledge, and my passion to make a difference drives me to be the best candidate for the job.

Helena’s Convictions — What issues are important to her

It is important to me that elected officials remain responsible and accountable with taxpayers’ money in their decision making. This is something that has been extremely lacking with the Trudeau government for the past four years, sinking billions of dollars further into debt with very little to show for it.

A Conservative government led by Andrew Scheer will put more money in your pocket with policies such as scrapping the federal carbon tax, taking the GST off of home heating bills, and lowering personal taxes.

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Who can vote


All Canadian citizens who are at least 18 years old on election day are eligible to vote.

To vote, you must:

Be registered. Most electors are already registered. To check if you are registered, register or update your address information, you can visit elections.ca/register, visit any Elections Canada office across Canada, or call Elections Canada at 1-800-463-6868.

Electors can register at any time between now and October 15, 6:00 p.m. If they miss this deadline, they can register at the polls on election day, just before they vote.

Show proof of your identity and address. There are many different pieces of identification that can be used to prove identity and address. The full list is available online.

IMPORTANT DATES

  • SEPTEMBER 11

    The Campaign officially begins. Campaigning will continue through October 21.

  • OCTOBER 1

    ALL-CANDIDATES FORUM

    October 1 — 7 to 9 p.m. at Penticton Lakeside Resort, Penticton. Sponsored by Penticton Herald. Doors open at 6 p.m.

  • OCTOBER 2

    ALL-CANDIDATES FORUM

    October 2 — 7 to 9 p.m. at Frank Venables Theatre, Oliver. Sponsored by South Okanagan Chamber of Commerce, Oliver Chronicle, Osoyoos Times and EZ Rock AM 1240.

  • OCTOBER 17 -20

    Advance polls will be held on the four days immediately prior to election day. They will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. local time.

    The address of advance polls will be available on this website.

  • OCTOBER 21

    ELECTION DAY

    The date, hours and address of election day polls will be available on this website.

Local Elections Canada office


An Elections Canada office is now open in Osoyoos.

The office is located at 9150 Main Street (in the Lakeview Plaza) and open Monday to Friday between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., Saturday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and Sunday from Noon to 4 p.m.

Voters can visit the Elections Canada office to get information, register, or vote.

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