In many ways, Richmond Centre represents the future of the Metro Vancouver.
It is a vibrant international hub servicing the Asia-Pacific with key business, cultural, educational, and trade links.
Canada really does start here. Our ties with China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, and the Philippines have raised Richmond’s presence in both business and cultural relations. We have become Canada’s Asia-Pacific centre of trade and transportation.
The future is golden. But that future, and those vital links, depend heavily on the outcome of the provincial election on May 14.
The choice is clear: move forward with a B.C. Liberal government, a balanced budget, a solid credit-rating, prudent plans, and support for business, and a made-in-B.C. job-creation plan that is already working and supporting families—as well as a future in which natural-gas development and exports to the Asia-Pacific region will bring B.C. a Prosperity Fund, to support health care and education, and bury the provincial debt.
Or you can take a step backward to the time when B.C. actually became a have-not province under the NDP. To the time when B.C. had eight consecutive deficit budgets—and doubled the province’s debt. When B.C. suffered six consecutive downgrades of its credit rating, because of the worst fiscal record in Canada.
That was also a time when the NDP imposed $2 billion in new taxes, giving us some of the highest taxes in North America. Businesses—in particular small businesses—were crippled with taxes and strangled with government red tape.
Why do I want to represent Richmond Centre in B.C.’s future?
Because of the three Richmond ridings, Richmond Centre is the one undergoing the most change. The city centre is becoming a leading-edge community to live, work, and play, thanks to a creative and committed mayor and council.
As a new Canadian, who was given great opportunities in Richmond, and one who has had many opportunities to see and hear success stories about Richmond in my work in the Chinese-Canadian media, I feel I have a unique and broad perspective on Richmond’s development as an international centre of trade, culture, and education.
I feel that I need to give back to the community that has been so good to me and my family. I know that I can contribute to the quality of life and to balanced business and cultural growth. Richmond has been blessed with MLAs who have helped make Richmond a better place. John Yap of Richmond-Steveston has done much to improve cultural and trade relations. Richmond East’s Linda Reid has stood up for Richmond in social services, health, and quality-of-life issues.
And my predecessor in Richmond Centre, Rob Howard, helped to boost the city’s tourism business, create equitable taxation, and help YVR become more competitive.
I am proud to join this team, and to pull for Richmond Centre and its people.