In 1991 My wife Linda, our two oldest daughters and I moved to the Central Saanich from Langley, B.C. We moved here because of the quality of life offered here on the Saanich Peninsula. Our youngest daughter was born here.
I have devoted my life to community service. I worked as a police officer for 28 years. The first 14 with the Vancouver Police Department and the final 14 with the Saanich Police Department. I rounded out my law enforcement career with seven years as a Canada Border Services Agency officer.
In my community I have been and continue to be an active volunteer having served on school Parent Advisory Councils at the local, district and provincial levels. I served for two years on the British Columbia Education Leadership Council. I coached girl’s softball during the years that my daughters played. I have refereed minor and adult recreational hockey. I am a member of the annual Westcoast Motorcycle Ride to Live organizing committee for my fourth consecutive year. I am also a peer support visitor to my brother and sister amputees. Community is important. Together we are stronger.
I am concerned about the future of our country. Our governments cannot continue to spend money that we don’t have, racking up huge debts for our children and grandchildren to eventually be forced to pay. Protection of our environment, economy, national security and public safety are serious issues requiring our constant attention. However, the major issue facing us today is trust.
I am concerned about the paralyzing degree of political correctness that is stifling our free speech and rational discussion of major issues. Too many people are afraid to say what they really think or believe. Too man politicians evade questions, sticking to prepared talking points rather than risk alienating a potential voter or, God forbid, admit that they don’t know the answer. We cannot effectively solve the many issues facing us today and in the future without open, honest and respectful discussion.
One of our most treasured rights is the Right to Vote! Voting is also one of our most important responsibilities. Every vote matters. Yet far too many people to not exercise their democratic right and responsibility in our elections. Why? The sad reality is that few people know who or what to believe anymore. Who can we trust to tell us the truth and lead effectively? Why does it seem that many if not most votes are cast out of fear against something or someone we don’t want? Why don’t we vote in support of who or what we do want that best supports the kind of country in which we want to live?
Until Maxime Bernier started the People’s Party of Canada (PPC), I had serious concerns about who I could or would vote for in this election. None of the above is not an effective option. Voting is too important a responsibility not to exercise. Why simply leave to chance who will be making the key decisions that affect us all? The PPC’s core values of Freedom, Personal Responsibility, Fairness and Respect resonate with me.
Effective decisions can only be made when everyone has the freedom to speak openly and honestly. We are each personally responsible for everything that we say and do. We have a huge responsibility to honestly present all of the facts we possess and not to misrepresent them in our deliberations. We must respect the rights of all others to freely express their believes and fully state their case as they choose, demonstrating our respect by really listening and fairly considering all new information presented. Our responses must be expressed fairly and respectfully, free of emotionally charged hyperbole designed or intended to unreasonably detract from opposing or differing views. I want to be a part of this type of discussion. I emphasize discussion, not debate!