John Martin: Why vote for the B.C. Conservatives in Chilliwack-Hope by-election?

There are three themes that I am campaigning for in the upcoming Chilliwack-Hope by-election:

1. Making life more affordable: We pay the highest gas taxes in Canada and on top of this, we pay a carbon tax that is scheduled to increase on July 1. The carbon tax is punitive to all economic activity and increases the cost of everything in the province. A vote for the B.C. Conservatives is a vote to scrap the carbon tax.

2. Protecting air quality: The Liberal government opened the door to burning garbage by approving a Metro Vancouver plan that will allow garbage incineration. The science says that this will put many noxious chemicals, including mercury, into the air we breathe. The mercury emissions will be like building a coal-burning power plant in the region and this will especially affect air quality in the Fraser Valley. A vote for the B.C. Conservatives is a vote to shut the door on the Liberal garbage incinerator.

3. Keeping your community safe: Over the past decade, the Liberal government has created a “catch and release” justice system. Courts have been shut down, retiring judges have not been replaced, and criminal case backlogs have grown so high that prosecutions are being dropped due to the lack of a timely trial. The courts need to be restored where we can prosecute accused criminals in a timely manner and keep convicted criminals off our streets. A vote for the B.C. Conservatives is a vote to restore funding to the justice system.

The Liberal government has failed the people of British Columbia and has squandered trust with the public on issues such as paying $6 million in legal fees for two convicted criminals (Basi and Virk) and the introduction of the HST shortly after the last election when they said it was not on the table. We also cannot go to the NDP, who turned B.C. into a “have-not” province in the 1990s.

The best way to hold Christy Clark and this Liberal government accountable is by voting for myself, John Martin, and the B.C. Conservatives. I look forward to your support on April 19.

John Martin is the B.C. Conservative candidate for the Chilliwack-Hope by-election on April 19.

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Bas Stevens
John, I do not completely agree with your statement that Basi & Virk are criminals. They are more "fall guys" in the corrupt sale of BC Rail in which Christy Clark played a very important role.
The $6 million paid for their legal fees was purely "hush money" to keep Collins and others off of the witness stand.
Once the Auditor General is finished his review I am confident that the "real bad guys/gals" will be identified, the current BC Liberal party will be decimated and Dave Basi and Bobby Virk will be vindicated.
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David L.
And once you get your snout in the trough will you really not do the same ???
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ds
Vote for you and we'll get the same that is in Ottawa which I think is worse than Christy. Just look at the B/S that is going on there. It's one thing after another and you've got a leader who was well taught back there before he came back to B.C. with his gold plated pension.
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Pat Crowe
The real bad guy. He's havin a party. With his feet up on the servants backs.
In merry old....
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Gentleman Jack
The best way to restore the usefulness of the justice system is to get rid of the fake socialist crimes like possession of drugs, driving without a seatbelt, money laundering, tax avoidance, etc. etc. Then we'd have tons of judges/lawyers/prison cells for the real common law criminals. Unfortunately, we'd have to imprison every police officer who ever robbed anyone of his drugs...but, you know, that's a risk I think we need to take. Can we have criminals robbing us forever?

Mr. Martin, the conversion of the state into an organized crime syndicate (if it ever was anything else) is far more important "justice" issue than anything you've mentioned.
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Arthur Vandelay
Blah blah blah ... the same major selling proposition as any other new political party, "Vote for us, we haven't phuked up yet".
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buzz
Yo Jack, You really think money laundering and tax avoidance aren't real crimes, Get a grip man. I'm sure you have no problem letting people who continuously break the law and assault other people to go free because they had a tough upbringing. People like you are the reason the conservatives keep growing in the polls. Nothing wrong with helping those who truly need help, but it's wrong to allow people to avoid the consequences of their actions when the victims have no chance of avoiding the consequences of someone's else's actions.
Otherwise, I've never really understood this carbon tax thing. You pay somebody some money to allow you to pollute extra??? Sounds like a tax scheme with no reasoning. Oh wait, this is Canada. Our whole policy is built on mindless taxes instead of balancing a budget - regardless of party.
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Emily Cat
Hey John what's your take on gay marriage?
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election
because he is the best choice for Chilliwack
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Emily Cat
Hey John, speaking of protecting the environment - what's your take on climate change?
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ken wilson
John, you look pretty good all dressed up...hope your campaign goes well
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Lucy Killea
The best choice is Liberal. We believe in loving and forgiving criminals not punishing them. All they need is love. Liberals support higher gas taxes because people in Chilliwack and Hope have got to drive their cars less. This will be good for the environment. Under the Liberal plan gas will be priced at $2.00 a litre in a few years and will benefit the environment. Money is not an issue for voters in Chilliwack-Hope. The conservatives will put criminals in jail for longer periods and cut taxes especially gas taxes.This is bad policy. Vote Liberal.
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David Millar
I am a BC Conservative. I argued for the creation of this party. I had been staggered by the BC NDP corruption. I could NOT believe that party would apply their moribund ideology to the real world as if it could work, but there they were with their BC Ferries.

I said "Yippee!" when they were swept into practical oblivion by the BC Liberals. Less than a decade later, the BC Libs had made the BC NDP look like a normal BC political party all over again, as if it were their duty, or a law of physics, and nobody is to blame that BC makes political parties stagnant and soaked in corruption.

I believe that the BC Conservative party will take the foot of provincial government off the neck of BC taxpayers. I believe the BCCs will rationalize provincial government spending, and will make it thoroughly transparent, so that all people can see what is being done with their tax dollars. I believe BCCs will treat parents with respect regarding their children's education. I believe BCCs will promote private enterprise, and build the BC economy.

I have a hard time understanding any of the previous posts under this news column. Fashionably cynical? Badly informed? Malignant? Stupid?

Y'all remind me of a well-respected Professor who told a class I attended that, "It is said that it is better to keep your mouth shut and be thought stupid, than to open your mouth and prove it!"

Good luck to John Martin and Christine Clarke in their respective by-elections!
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glen p robbins
I don't agree that problems with the BC court system are repaired this simply. It is more complex than this and cannot be properly fixed with political jingles, erstwhile reviews, or money. The courts seem to demand more money without any consideration for healing thy self.
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