Lawyer Brian Fixter wants to fix “stale” B.C. Liberals

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      Rookie politician Brian Fixter agrees that there’s a David and Goliath aspect to his battle against two old hands for the B.C. Liberal nomination in Vancouver–False Creek. The fight will culminate at a meeting on Wednesday (February 20).

      But the 31-year-old associate with the Borden Ladner Gervais law firm notes that the contest pitting him against former Vancouver mayor and long-time city councillor Sam Sullivan and twice-elected ex–B.C. Liberal MLA Lorne Mayencourt isn’t about “big versus little”.

      “I think it’s more new versus old and fresh versus stale,” Fixter told the Straight in a phone interview.

      Vancouver–False Creek is represented in the legislature by former children and family development minister Mary McNeil.

      Asked what he has been hearing from people, Fixter said: “It’s been a mix. Some people are still staunch B.C. Liberal supporters. Some people are just not happy with how things are going and are choosing to sit out. There’s a level of apathy, which I think has grown over the past little bit. And that’s what we’re trying to combat. That’s exactly what we’re trying to take over and prevent is people just getting themselves out of the political process and waiting to see what’s going to happen.”

      He explained his desire to become an MLA in this way: “It’s time for change, and I think that applies specifically with the B.C. Liberals.…I think the new way forward is with a new voice.…Our whole campaign has rested on the belief that the past isn’t good enough. And we don’t need to be talking about the rhetoric of the [B.C.] NDP sins in the past or the B.C. Liberal sins in the past.”

      Sullivan didn’t want to comment on the fortunes of the B.C. Liberal Party. While he began by telling the Straight by phone that “there’s lots of opportunity”, Sullivan went on to say: “I don’t really look at those things. I’m focused on keeping my head down and working and getting nominated and getting elected.”

      Mayencourt declined comment.

      In a separate B.C. Liberal nomination, party members in Vancouver-Quilchena will choose between former city councillor and mayoral candidate Suzanne Anton and former B.C. Liberal Party president Andrew Wilkinson on Sunday (February 17). This seat is held by former finance minister Colin Hansen.

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      Mark

      Feb 13, 2013 at 5:18pm

      Brian Fixter, definitely has my support. Take a look at his website BrianFixter.ca for more information, including the voting location.

      Keith

      Feb 13, 2013 at 6:39pm

      Brian Fixter is the right choice for the liberals in this riding. I do not want to attack the other candidates, but what our party needs is fresh ideas and new faces. The old guard of the NPA and the Liberal Party have lost their relevance. Brian has my vote.

      Gregg Reilly

      Feb 13, 2013 at 7:22pm

      I support Mr Fixter 100% in an attempt to galvanize an apathetic voter base

      Jordan

      Feb 13, 2013 at 7:39pm

      Fixter is the man we need to reinvigorate this party and engage Vancouver-False Creek. The other guys may have experience, but how much substantive good do you remember coming from their policies? Let's go with a man who is going to freshen the face of the party and compete with an increasingly formidable NDP.

      sue

      Feb 13, 2013 at 7:56pm

      He is definitely the man for me. We need new and fresh. He has my vote

      iSheep

      Feb 13, 2013 at 9:06pm

      When somethings Stale you compost it into the Trash.

      You don't fix it you throw it away as in Garbage.

      I believe some people are mistaking disgust at the Corporate Welfare first and putting the people of BC last for apathy.

      Changing people does not change the Corporate Welfare Deficit ridden policies of the BC Liberals.

      Jordan Beard

      Feb 13, 2013 at 9:27pm

      It's time for a new face in the Vancouver-False Creek riding; innovative ideas, hard work and dedication are among some of the things one can expect from Brian Fixter.

      Steve

      Feb 13, 2013 at 9:56pm

      He's the only reason I'm considering casting a vote for the Liberals in the next election.

      Angus

      Feb 13, 2013 at 10:25pm

      Why wouldn't we get behind this guy? The other candidates have had their turn at bat and have not demonstrated an ability to build consensus or be effective representatives. Our politics are desperately short of new ideas, new blood, and youth. We should be embracing candidates such as Fixter. He deserves a shot. Let's hope he gets it.

      bagman

      Feb 13, 2013 at 11:14pm

      He should see someone about when his balls are going to drop first

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