Let the Games Begin
– Esquimalt Hometown Favourites Go National
With a federal election buzz flowing across the nation, two of the three major political parties in Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca are featuring candidates from right here in our very own town of Esquimalt. The vast Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca riding serves a population of over 120,000 constituents including Esquimalt, Langford, View Royal, Colwood, Metchosin, Sooke, and parts of Saanich.
The two Esquimalt residents in the race are the NDP’s Randall Garrison, a municipal councillor and college instructor, and the Liberal’s David Hodgins, a former BC Fire Commissioner and recognized expert on emergency management including a stint as Assistant Deputy Minister for the province’s Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General.
Garrison was officially nominated by the NDP on January 23 with a guest appearance by leader Jack Layton at the Archie Browning Centre. More information on Garrison’s campaign is at www.randallgarrison.ca.
David Hodgins hopes to become the official Liberal candidate on February 21st when local Liberals gather to choose between Hodgins and Langford Councillor Lillian Szpak at the St. Joseph-the-Worker Church Hall, 757 West Burnside Road (immediately adjacent to Spectrum) at 7:00 p.m. To be able to participate in the nomination vote, people must be members in good standing of the Liberal Party of Canada and therefore join no later than February 7, 2011. They need to go to the Liberal Party website at https://action.liberal.ca/en/membership and register to become a member. Esquimalt residents interested in supporting Hodgins can contact him by email at email@example.com or telephone at 250-590-2815 and cell at 250-590-0222. His website is: http://www.voteforhodgins.com/
The NDP and Liberal candidates will do battle with the Conservative’s Troy Desouza. Desouza, a lawyer, resides outside of Esquimalt, but is considered the early favourite based on his 68-vote razor thin defeat by Dr. Keith Martin in the last federal go-around of 2008. More info on Desouza is at: http://troydesouza.ca/
There is a famous saying in politics that “all politics is local”. As we approach a widely expected federal election campaign, it is important to ask our federal candidates specifically what they know about Esquimalt issues and what they plan to do about our issues upon arriving in Ottawa. Let the games begin!