Can we make a difference ? We have to believe we can and that grass roots voting can directly influence provincial and federal decision making.
There are major decisions being made at all levels of government that will negatively impact the future of our local lifestyle and environment and indeed have global consequences. Locally, there are unwarranted changes to our OCPs; Provincially, devastating amendments to the ALR and Parks Act, and; Federally, the National Energy Board is making decisions for B.C. citizens regarding Northern Gateway and Kinder Morgan pipelines.
By carefully considering who we put into office at the municipal level we can influence these decision makers through our Union of B.C. Municipalities and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.
We should talk to candidates and attend the all candidates meetings. We should question their stance on these issues as well as fish farms, coal exports and expansion of mega tanker traffic. Candidates represent their constituency.
I encourage you to become an informed voter and never forget that every vote counts.