Jennifer Clarke: Vancouver Centre needs strong voice in federal government

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      I’m the Conservative candidate for Parliament in Vancouver Centre, and I’m running because it’s time that Vancouver had a strong voice on the government side of the table. I believe I have the energy, dedication, and experience to be your voice in Ottawa. I was born and raised in Vancouver and my husband and I have raised our three children here. I’ve been a small businesswoman, journalist, and long-time community volunteer. I served three terms on Vancouver city council and have spent thousands of hours at the grassroots level working on economic, social, cultural, and neighborhood issues to help make our city the vibrant place it is to live, work, and play. I understand the riding’s diversity, its wide range of issues, and its place at the heart of the city.

      The reason that I’m running as a Conservative is because I believe a Conservative government is best placed to tackle the issues that people in the riding care most about. The number one concern I’m hearing from people is about their jobs or small businesses. The Conservative government has done a great job in steering Canada through the world economic crisis with policies to stimulate the economy, create jobs, and keep taxes low. As a direct result, Canada has become the envy of other nations.

      Conservative policies have lowered the small business tax rate, increased businesses that are eligible for it, reduced payroll tax increases, and eliminated red tape. This is making it easier for businesses to keep people employed and find new markets for their goods and services.

      I’m a champion for continued investment in infrastructure and tourism initiatives, huge economic drivers in this riding. This government has invested $2.2 billion in British Columbia with tens of millions of dollars into Vancouver Centre in social housing, cultural spaces, and other recreational, environmental, and rapid transit initiatives. But there’s more to be done.

      A strong approach on social issues ensures a safe and healthy community. I’m a champion of our urban issue of homelessness and support the Conservative government’s national homelessness strategy, announced in 2008. More than $1.9 billion will be invested over five years to address the needs of low-income Canadians, those at risk of homelessness, and the homeless themselves. The Conservative party, unlike other parties, supports free votes in Parliament on social issues. This means I can support my constituents’ views and vote my conscience.

      I will be a strong voice for safety in our communities and will support initiatives to raise funds for youth at risk and the Conservative youth at risk strategy. I also think the Conservative bills to crack down on street racing and money laundering by organized crime, and tougher sentences for violent crime and for offenses committed with guns, will contribute to less crime in our community.

      I want to balance the need for economic growth with our responsibility to ensure the protection of the environment. I support Conservative measures to expand protected wilderness areas, legislation to eliminate harmful contaminants from our environment, and investment in environmental technology and research.

      As a former university instructor and parent of children in postsecondary education, I’m a champion of education in our riding at all levels. This includes college, university, trades, and apprenticeship programs that will help meet our country’s goal of having the most literate and skilled workforce in the world.

      I’m asking for your support because I believe that with a strong economy, social conscience, and a strong voice in government we will make Vancouver Centre cleaner, safer, and more prosperous.

      Jennifer Clarke is the Conservative candidate for Vancouver Centre.



      glen p robbins

      Apr 4, 2011 at 4:44pm

      I have read the entire article and could not determine who the strong voice she is referring to is.


      Apr 4, 2011 at 5:45pm

      If anybody had a chance to listen to the four candidates on Bill Good this morning, the choice is clear that Jennifer Clarke is the only viable candidate to be Member of Parliament for Vancouver Centre. Hedy Fry prattled on endlessly about events from 1993 in which she was 100% factually incorrect. She didn't even let Bill speak. She just took off on a tangent and embarrassed herself and her listeners. Adrianne Carr and what's her name from the NDP are token candidates. Seriously Vancouver - we simply cannot afford another term of Hedy Fry "representing" us. I don't owe her a pension. Do you??


      Apr 4, 2011 at 5:58pm

      Jennifer Clarke...Wasn't she one of Phillip Owen's crew? Just what we need...the NPA running the country...No thanks.

      L. O'Brien

      Apr 4, 2011 at 8:41pm

      I am delighted to finally read a political candidate's views that reflect what is needed not only in Vancouver Centre, but all of Metro Vancouver and throughout Canada. Jennifer Clarke's article speaks of a strong and pragmatic vision for Canada and presents herself as the strong voice to speak up for us in support of this vision.


      Apr 4, 2011 at 8:52pm

      What are your views on the environment? With the Fukushima disaster currently in the news, how do you feel about nuclear energy? Is it worth the risk? Is it safe?

      I'm an engineer and my grade in engineering statistics was 98%, but it doesn't take 98% in statistics to calculate the probability of another serious Chernobyl or Fukushima disaster based on the last two major nuclear disasters in the last 25 years: the probability is 8% and climbing as more nuclear reactors get built and age. Do the Conservatives support a nuclear free Canada?

      monty/that's me

      Apr 4, 2011 at 9:12pm

      Perhaps she should discover how many small businesses are barely surviving under the Conservative regime. I visited my accountant's office
      today, close to Georgia and Granville and he told me all his retail clients are in very poor shape, barely hanging on. He has been in business there for over 25 years. Harper got a degree in economics in 1993--his policies are woefully out of date. Only his friends, the corporations and banks, and the unscrupulous realtors are doing well.


      Apr 4, 2011 at 9:53pm

      never heard of her

      what's an economy?

      Apr 4, 2011 at 10:50pm

      Is it smart to sacrifice the environment for the economy? You know, killing lakes for mining fat cats to become rich.

      It is a little like someone who places his or her career above his or her health. Is that smart? Conservatives haven't got a clue and have their priorites skewed.

      Pete Townsend

      Apr 5, 2011 at 6:49am

      As my good friend Roger Daltry once said:

      "Who the f**k are you?
      Whooooooooooo are you?
      Are you?"


      Apr 5, 2011 at 9:30am

      Jennifer, what kind or a reception do you think Vancouver Center's opinions on the long gun registry, gay marriage/rights, climate change, long form census, oil tanker bans, etc. etc. will receive in the caucus room at CPC/Evangelical HQ in Ottawa? I know you're not naive, so this could only mean what???