Thompson eyes election in Chilliwack-Hope

Glen Thompson, a well-known spokesman for the Friends of The Chilliwack River Valley, says he's considering a run for elected office in the provincial Chilliwack-Hope riding.

Glen Thompson, a well-known spokesman for the Friends of The Chilliwack River Valley, says he’s considering a run for elected office in the provincial Chilliwack-Hope riding.

“I’ve been approached by a political party to seek the nomination in Chilliwack-Hope,” Thompson confirmed Wednesday.

He said taking citizens concerns about gravel removal, forestry and the environment to the Fraser Valley Regional District has proved futile because that body is “powerless” to effect change.

“The fight is really at the provincial level,” he said, which prompted him to consider running for political office in the Chilliwack-Hope riding.

“Let’s talk to the real brokers of power, which would be the province,” he said.

The riding is currently represented by B.C. Liberal MLA Barry Penner. He is currently the Aboriginal Affairs Minister and the Attorney-General. Previously, he was the Environment Minister.

But Thompson – and others – complain that Penner is often unavailable to hear their concerns.

But Penner said as environment minister he helped organize two meetings in the Chilliwack River Valley last summer, bringing residents and government officials together to talk about a controversial gravel removal operation.

Residents opposed to gravel removal in the Fraser River have also complained in the past about the difficulty of meeting with Penner.

Although a provincial election is not scheduled until May 14, 2013, Thompson said he wouldn’t be surprised if Christy Clark, the interim premier, calls an earlier election.

He said Clark’s reasoning might be 2013 is too long for the province to be governed by an unelected premier. Clark was elected Feb. 26 by the B.C. Liberal membership to lead the party. As the new leader, she is also the province’s premier until an election is held.

 

Thompson predicted a fall election because the B.C. New Democrats won’t have a new leader until an April 17 vote, and summer elections are rarely called because it’s vacation time for many voters.

 

 

Just Posted

UPDATE: Tsunami warning cancelled for coastal British Columbia

Warning issued following 7.9 earthquake off Kodiak, AK

UPDATE: Police probe fuel truck and train collision in Port Coquitlam

CP Rail reporting no injuries, driver of truck is safe.

Knitting for a cause

Tamara Cockroft knits “warm hugs” for babies

‘Restless night’ for Semiahmoo First Nation after tsunami warning

Alaska earthquake puts Semiahmoo First Nation on notice

UPDATE: Pioneer Ave filming to include snow effects, stunt driving and fire arms

Pioneer Avenue to be backdrop for scenes set in 1950s

Week in Review – January 19

Movie filming, water upgrades and more

Homeless evicted from First Nation reserve land say they have nowhere to go

‘Why not just let us stay until spring?’ one camper at Chilliwack site pleads

Andrew Scheer on trade, Trump and Trudeau

Canada’s Conservative leader begins three-day visit to B.C.

Victims restrained, sex toys and cash stolen from B.C. adult store

Armed suspects sought in adult store robbery

UPDATED: 10 Safeways in Lower Mainland to close

Locations in Vancouver, Burnaby, Surrey, Coquitlam, Richmond and Mission slated to shut

Vancouver Islanders ponder need for tsunami siren song

Alarm sounds in Port Alberni but not at the DND base in Esquimalt

Five charged in bid to shut pop-up pot market in Vancouver’s Robson Square

Marijuana flower, edibles, money and some weapons were seized as part of weekend raid

Babcock, Goyette and Smyth honoured at Order of Hockey in Canada

Mike Babcock, from Saskatoon, guided the Detroit Red Wings to a Stanley Cup in 2008

Bell Canada alert prompts RCMP, privacy watchdog to probe data breach

Company spokesman: ‘Fewer than 100,000 customers were affected’

Most Read