File image

File image

EDITORIAL: Whose side are you on?

Editor Adam Louis says there’s no change without making your voice known

For those of you who don’t like politics, I’m sorry. I know it’s been an onslaught of political information, debates, opinions and mudslinging, but the storm will settle soon enough.

I hope.

The local election has proven to be very on-brand for 2020. With now-Independent Laurie Throness ousted from the Liberal party, his re-election campaign has hit some snags. Some voters in Agassiz-Harrison are angry, having casted their votes for the Liberal party and not Throness himself, now feeling their votes have gone to waste.

The B.C. Greens have ghosted my fellow Fraser Valley colleagues and I, leaving us wondering what Jeff Hammersmark is up to. He informally stood down weeks ago, yet less than a week out, he’s back on the campaign trail after near radio silence. Independent Jason Lum being given the Greens’ endorsement and Hammersmark’s own seal of approval only adds to the confusion. I feel trolled, Green Party. I don’t like feeling trolled.

The Libertarian party has its own, much smaller issues with communication. Meanwhile, I’m virtually drowning in an endless sea of press releases from the NDP and Liberals constantly bickering like so much Facebook commentary, so much so my email software is starting to mark them as junk mail and I’m beginning to think the software is right.

Throw a pandemic into the mix, and here we are.

If you expected the 2020 election to go any different than anything else this dumpster fire of a year has thrown at us, then I hope you’re ready to write a cheque for when I sell you the Agassiz-Rosedale bridge.

Once the kicked-up dust and all the pettiness, the scandals, the information overload settles, it all comes down to Saturday. I don’t blame you for that queasy feeling along the lining of your stomach from being force-fed a constant stream of partisan arguments for weeks on end. I get it. I spent six hours the other day dissecting every last piece of the riding’s all-candidates debate and converting it into a 2,300 word article. Pass the Tums.

However, don’t let that nausea get in the way of what needs to be done. There are nearly 3.5 million registered voters in the province, 43,698 of which are in the Chilliwack-Kent riding. More than 43,000 of yourselves, your friends, your neighbours have the opportunity to have their voices heard.

I would strongly encourage you to be in that number. If you’re eligible, cast your vote. Even if you don’t feel like it, even if you don’t like all or any of the candidates, even if you think your party cannot win, make your voice known.

As lovely as living here is, Canadian society isn’t without its faults; that’s no secret. But we haven’t come as far as we have as a democracy by denying ourselves our right to have a say in the future of our towns and even our country. It’s together, using our individual voices, that we can change or stay the course as we see fit.

Individually, it can be tough to see what difference it makes, but it’s hard to deny that your small action is part of something much bigger than any one person’s power. Imagine the raw force for change and good we could harness if all the nearly 3.5 million voters throughout the province cast their ballots this year.

I’m never been in the practice of endorsing a particular candidate and I won’t start now.

Who will it be? Will Throness roll with the punches and win? Will veteran local politician and rival Independent Lum take the seat? Will Hammersmark’s no-campaign approach somehow net him a win? With the current NDP status quo, will Kelli Paddon be able to capitalize? Will newcomer Gagne find his way to Victoria?

It’s up to you. Make the call.

Do you have something to add to this story, or something else we should report on? Email:

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Want to support local journalism during the pandemic? Make a donation here.

agassizElection 2020Harrison Hot Springs

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Agassiz-Harrison Lions continue stocking tradition

Club is looking for a variety of items

Read the full 2019-2020 annual report report online at
Seabird Island looks back in 2019-20 report

Highlights include COVID response, new development, upgrades

LEFT: Krista Macinnis, with a red handprint across her face that symbolizes the silencing of First Nations people, displays the homework assignment that her Grade 6 daughter received on Tuesday. (Submitted photo)
RIGHT: Abbotsford School District Kevin Godden says the district takes responsibility for the harm the assignment caused.
Abbotsford school district must make amends for harmful residential school assignment: superintendent

‘The first step is to unreservedly apologize for the harm … caused to our community’: Kevin Godden

File photo
Outdoor recreation generates close to $1 billion annually in Fraser Valley: report

Camping, hiking and sportfishing generate the most spending, report finds

A new Sardis secondary school logo designed by a former student, Jason Roberts. (Facebook photo)
Chilliwack’s Sardis secondary unveils new logo done in Coast Salish style

The new-look Falcon is meant strengthen connections between Indigenous students and their school

Mary Cox and Jack Plant dance in their pyjamas and slippers at the morning pyjama dance during the Rhythm Reelers’ 25 Annual Rally in the Valley Square Dance Festival in Chilliwack on June 4, 2011. Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020 is Square Dancing Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Nov. 29 to Dec. 5

Square Dancing Day, Disability Day and International Ninja Day are all coming up this week

Black Press Media and BraveFace have come together to support children facing life-threatening conditions. Net proceeds from these washable, reusable, three-layer masks go to Make-A-Wish Foundation BC & Yukon.
Put on a BraveFace: Help make children’s wishes come true

Black Press Media, BraveFace host mask fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Foundation

Kevin Bieksa during his days playing with the Vancouver Canucks. (Photo:
Bieksa to guest on free Canucks Alumni ‘Hot Stove’ on Zoom app

Former NHL player has become a game analyst on Sportsnet

Elissa McLaren broke her left elbow in the Sept. 20, 2020 collision. (Submitted)
Surviving victims of fatal crash in Fraser Valley asking for help leading up to Christmas

‘This accident has taken a larger toll financially, mentally and physically than originally intended’

Chilliwack school trustee Barry Neufeld (left) and former BCTF president Glen Hansman (right).
BC Court of Appeal left to walk tightrope of freedom of expression in Neufeld-Hansman case

Is defamation lawsuit aimed at stifling free expression or does the defamation hinder free speech?

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good
Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

114 Canadians were appointed Nov. 27 to the Order of Canada. (Governor General of Canada photo)
Indigenous actor, author, elder, leaders appointed to Order of Canada

Outstanding achievement, community dedication and service recognized

Screenshot of Pastor James Butler giving a sermon at Free Grace Baptist Church in Chilliwack on Nov. 22, 2020. The church has decided to continue in-person services despite a public health order banning worship services that was issued on Nov. 19, 2020. (YouTube)
2 Lower Mainland churches continue in-person services despite public health orders

Pastors say faith groups are unfairly targeted and that charter rights protect their decisions

Most Read