Another hat in the ring for Conservative candidate

New Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon Riding includes Conservative nominee from Ashcroft

  • Jan. 22, 2015 7:00 a.m.

Wendy Coomber

Black Press

 

Former Ashcroft mayor Morley H. Anderson is adding his name to the growing list of Conservative nominees for the new Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon riding.

The new riding replaces the former Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon held by MP Mark Strahl and before him, his father Chuck Strahl.

Anderson says the idea of running federally came to him while he was promoting Ashcroft Terminal – Ashcroft’s inland port – as Mayor. He made many contacts and learned much about national as well as international infrastructure and trade.

One of his goals, he says, is to make the benefits that come out of the Asia-Pacific Gateway accessible to all communities, especially those situated along water routes or train tracks.

He also wants to see federal infrastructure grants become more accessible to small, rural communities.

“I’ve made a lot of connections through working with Ashcroft Terminal,” he says. “The riding includes a lot of rural communities. It’s a new riding, and a new opportunity for a rural voice.”

Morley H. Anderson is better known as Andy Anderson to his friends and colleagues. He is a businessman, community volunteer and regional advocate and he recently retired as the mayor of Ashcroft. During his 10 years as Mayor, he saw the Ashcroft Terminal progress from not much more than an idea to an operating trans loading facility that is growing larger every day. He guided the community through a number of long term projects. He also never missed an opportunity to discuss the shortage of physicians in the rural areas and donated apartment space for new doctors for several months when necessary. For his work and dedication he was awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal in 2013.

He believes that rural British Columbia is one of the worst kept secrets as most communities offer a quality of life and cost of living that allows young families a lifestyle of work and play. He would like to see  more jobs relocated from the larger centres so that young families can afford to move back home.

As he spent his early years in the Bridge River area, he understands the vast area that this new riding covers. He has spent literally thousands of hours on the road and is up to the challenge of meeting and representing the citizens in this new Mission Matsqui Fraser Canyon riding.

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