Alice Wong: Conservative party is the right party for Richmond

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      It has been my privilege to serve the constituents of Richmond for the past 30 months. I would like to focus on three important election issues:

      ”¢The economy: Our government has maintained a low-tax policy and will continue to do so once re-elected. Now that the worst of the global economic crisis is behind us, our next challenge will be reducing the deficit. The opposition parties propose expensive programs that will result in increased taxes and increased deficits. It’s important that a low-tax and responsible-spending party be elected. The Conservative party is that party.

      ”¢Crime and human smuggling: Unlike the Liberals and NDP, I support tough sentences for convicted criminals and taking action to prevent the abuse of our refugee system. While we must have compassion for those who are genuinely persecuted, the party elected must ensure that our country’s refugee process is not abused, especially by human smuggling groups that exploit Canada’s goodwill for their own benefit. The Conservative party is that party.

      ”¢Working for Richmond: Through Canada’s Economic Action Plan, I have worked to secure federal funding for over 20 infrastructure projects. Examples include improvements to the Richmond dike, flood protection, drinking water pipelines, sewage pump station upgrades, and road transportation projects (e.g. Nelson Road and Highway 99). These projects are prudent uses of taxpayer money that produce tangible returns—including jobs—for the people of Richmond. We need to elect a party that will invest federal money wisely right here in Richmond. The Conservative party is that party.

      I am thankful for the opportunity you have given me to serve our community and our country. I look forward to your support on May 2 so that, together, we can successfully bring Richmond issues to Ottawa.

      Alice Wong is seeking reelection as the Conservative MP for Richmond.




      Apr 21, 2011 at 7:16pm

      And may I ask, why does it take forever bring your parents to Canada from other countries? All you want is to be able to collect your gold plated pension.


      Apr 21, 2011 at 11:12pm

      @ ds - In case your question wasn't purely rhetorical, the answer is that old people are a burden on our social system to which they did not contribute.

      not sure

      Apr 21, 2011 at 11:36pm

      I guess so, the economy, always the economy. The end justifies the means: nuclear power, sure it is good for the economy, tankers in Burrard Inlet, sure it is good for the economy, freeways, sure it is good for the economy.

      I don't know, the economy doesn't do anyone any good when we are all dead from too much unsustainable growth and radiactive fallout but at least we'll die rich. Conservatives are too simple and it is annoying me.

      Ken Lawson

      Apr 22, 2011 at 9:52am

      The question is why does it take so long to bring your parents from other countries but it is so quick to bring them from China ( a evil communist regime)


      Apr 22, 2011 at 12:00pm

      I love how the Chinese media is ignoring all recent coverage in the English press on lawyers nationwide *accusing* the Conservative government for policies that are in fact not friendly to immigrants (while contradicting the official rhetoric of the Conservative Party). I feel like I am ever reaching the societies of Orwell of double speaks and whatnot. And of course, this is no new information, cutting funding for immigrants, delaying the process and cutting family reunification... that is the Conservative approach - which is fine, if only they are more honest about it.

      But then again, as a Chinese from the 60% Chinese Richmond, I can see why Ms. Wong have such allure there. I only wish the other Chinese and immigrant communities know what she is up to.

      On May 2. I am voting for anything but the Conservative.


      Apr 22, 2011 at 8:51pm

      So Ms. Wong is promising more of the same "low-tax and responsible-spending" Conservative rule.

      Sure, Canada is "low-tax" if you're, say, a tar-sands developer or a bank. But is it responsible to shovel money off the back of a truck---in the form of foregone tax revenues---to these unconscionably profitable freeloaders? What are they going to do if we start charging them the going world corporate tax rate? Where are we afraid they are going to go?

      Even some of Canada's corporate elite is now talking about how it's time to consider raising the tax rates for some of those who can afford to pay. It sounds great to have the lowest taxes among industrialized countries, but what thriving business wants to move to a country where the education and health systems have been compromised, and the physical infrastructure is not properly maintained?

      And one has to believe in the Easter Bunny to think that lower corporate taxes translates into new jobs. The documented research on the subject demonstrates that companies squirrel the money away, not invest it in new plant or research and development that creates valuable new employment.


      Apr 23, 2011 at 8:54am

      @Jason - facts are integral to forming a rational debate. You should try them some time.

      The Conservatives can be criticized for many things, but for having "the lowest taxes among industrialized countries" is not one of them.

      Terry J. Nanaimo

      Apr 23, 2011 at 11:53am

      The Conservative party is the wrong party for Richmond and the wrong party for Canada.

      Show respect for your family and your friends, do not re-elect Stephen Harper's Republican agenda: private healthcare; poor immigration policy; tax cuts for large corporations; low wages.

      Bao Quoc Nguyen

      Apr 30, 2011 at 8:20pm

      Voter apathy is often driven by the belief that the people you vote for will ignore you once they get into office.

      The people of Richmond are proud to be the first city to ban the sale of puppies at stores in the fight against puppy mills because we don’t support cruelty to animals.

      Sadly, the Conservatives, represented in Richmond by MP Alice Wong, have come out supporting the seal “hunt” for fur fashion.

      To call it a “hunt” is a disservice to real hunters—clubbing a helpless animal for fur and wasting the meat is not hunting. It’s cruelty, plain and simple.

      It does not support aboriginal people (no Inuits are involved), it is unsustainable (economically and environmentally) and it gives our tax money to corporations, some that don’t even reside in Canada.

      Twenty-seven countries in the European Union and even the United States have banned sea pelts calling it inhumane.

      I will not be voting for Ms. Wong because she listens to Prime Minister Stephen Harper before she listens to the people who voted her in.

      Toeing the party line has become more important than listening to your constituents while leading with your heart.

      Please vote on May 2 but more importantly, get informed about the candidates and get involved! The seal massacre is happening right now during an election so please voice your objection to your local candidates. Change happens one person at a time.