During morning rush hours Terry and a group of volunteers can be seen greeting commuters. Last week it was Mount Seymour Parkway in North Vancouver – this morning he was by the Dollarton Highway. Later in the day Terry spoke with SFU campus radio (CJSF) to discuss issues uppermost in the minds of university students. Then he was in the neighbourhood of Willingdon Heights knocking on doors to meet more constituents and listen to their concerns.
Terry’s track record of experience speaks for itself. Winning his political stripes early as a Nanaimo City Councillor at age 18, he has spent the next seventeen years working hard to become a successful entrepreneur, innovator, and business academic. However, that’s not the only track record that the people of Burnaby North-Seymour can – and should – look at.
SInce winning the Liberal nomination about 15 months ago, Terry’s commitment to understand the communities in this riding has seen him take part in over 150 community events. Close to 20,000 homes have been paid a visit, as Terry and a team of committed volunteers have spent evenings and weekends knocking on doors.
Since the writ was dropped, our campaign office and cafes in Burnaby and on the North Shore, have been sites for neighbourhood drop-ins with Terry. He has signed up for every request from the community for all-candidates events that his schedule will allow. The first one, hosted by BROKE (Burnaby Residents Opposed to Kinder-Morgan Expansion), gave Terry and the other candidates who were present an opportunity to speak and listen to more than 200 people who took the time to attend. Ten others are in his calendar for the weeks ahead.
The longest election period in Canadian history should mean that voters get a greater opportunity to view up close the candidates who are running in their ridings. Part of a healthy democracy is the give and take – the talking and listening – that takes place when voters actually have an opportunity to ask questions and hear the response from candidates.
If paid advertising is largely the only way communities in Burnaby North-Seymour are getting to see a candidate – any candidate – voters should ask themselves why? Is that the kind of democracy we want for the future of this riding and Canada? It’s not the kind of government Terry Beech is running to represent – and he has the track record to prove it.