Thought you guys might find this interesting. I was recently endorsed by a group called Enough is Enough for the May 12 election. Enough is Enough is made up of citizens from across the Lower Mainland who want meaningful action on crime from our elected leaders.
Check out their endorsement piece here.
Riding the SkyTrain downtown yesterday, I was reading 24 Hours newspaperand came across the “Rebel with a Clause” column by Alex Tsakumis titled “Take a cloer look”. For anyone that saw it, you will likely agree it was a pleasant sup rise to see. For those of you that didn’t, check out the link above.
Mr. Tsakumis talks about the Green Party, STV, and the Recognition and Reconcilliation Act that the BC Liberals tried to force through before the election.
Here is an excerpt of the final paragraph of the piece:
“On Tuesday May 12, vote B.C. Conservative in all the ridings where candidates are available. It’s the only answer. They are reasonable and honest and would hold the balance of power responsibly.”
So I wanted to put a little something together, an ad of sorts, but TV is clearly out of the budget. What is in the budget? A couple of signs, some cooperative friends, some free software, and YouTube.
Check it out
And Version 2. The extended Director’s Cut. Going global!
We are going to start doing something a little different here. Going forward I will be doing some video blogging. Asking questions to the people of North Delta to find out what is important to them, what interests them and what are the biggest issues for them leading up to May 12.
So take a look and get your cameras and web cams ready. Let’s start people talking!
Sorry the audio and the video don’t quite synch up properly on this first video, I am still trying to figure it all out.
ELECT MARC MCPHERSON
It is Monday night right now, April 13. The writ drops tomorrow to officially kick off the election period building up to May 12. Starting tomorrow you will be seeing lawn signs pretty much everywhere. If you, or your lawn, wants to show your support grab an “Elect Marc McPherson” lawn sign.
Check it out, your yard could look this cool. So contact me to get your sign and spruce up your yard!
I want to take the opportunity to invite everyone to join us on April 24, 2009 for a fundraiser extravaganza. We will be hosting our fundraiser in North Delta at the Delta Lion Pub to help raise funds for the final push of the campaign leading up to May 12. So take some time out of your schedule, meet your candidate, hang out with your friends and help our movement for Change You Can Trust.
For more information or to get your tickets, contact Marc McPherson at email@example.com
Here are the details:
Friday, April 24, 2009 – 6:30pm to whenever
Delta Lion Pub
11186 84th Ave
Cost: $20 for burger with all the fixings, chips, and one beverage (cheap beer, house wine, well cocktail or soda)
As the election draws closer and we find ourselves in the final month leading up to May 12, I want to invite you all to join the discussion. What is your issue? What do you want some answers about? What do you think deserves discussion?
I am going to start here today talking about ethical and responsible government. It probably comes as no surprise to anyone that has followed our current government over the past few elections that responsible government has not been a major concern. The reversal of an election promise resulting in the sale of BC Rail is one example. More troubling yet is the apparent involvement of Mr. Patrick Kinsella, the Liberal’s campaign co-chair. Gary Mason explains the troubling situation in a recent Globe and Mail Article HERE.
The Liberal governments Gag Law that was recently, in part, struck down by the BC Supreme Court as unconstitutional is another example. Sadly, the NDP was no better. Anyone rememberBingogate? Fast ferries?
A BC Conservative government will push for effective recall legislation, effectively allowing the voters a chance to recall any MLA that has been involved in unprofessional behaviour.
One of the greatest things about being a candidate for MLA for the BC Conservative Party is that I, as your MLA, if elected, can speak for YOU. The BC Conservative Party promotes FREE VOTES in the legislature for all of its MLAs. What does this mean to you? It means as your representative in Victoria I am encouraged to vote on behalf of my constituents, not to tow the party line. So what is more appealing to you? An MLA that speaks for your concerns, and votes accordingly or a few more years of being told what is best for you by the boys, and girls, in Victoria?
Talk to me friends, come May 12, what is your issue?
For anyone that may have seen the Rick Mercer Report on Tuesday, January 13, 2009, you have likely already seen this. It is “Rick’s Rant” from that episode and it pretty much says, as a population, we don’t know what is going on. So with a little entertainment value, I am joining Rick Mercer in encouraging all of you to inform yourselves of our electoral processes, both federally and provincially.You can get much information at Elections Canada and Elections BC.
Click on the tiny little controls within the video player below to watch the video.
Vodpod videos no longer available.
So since many people keep asking me how they can help on our quest for MLA- Delta North, I thought it a good idea to throw out some ideas on what you can do if you if you want to help.
1. Join us! Joining the BC Conservative Party is an inexpensive and easy way to help. You can join HERE. Membership costs $10 per year, or 5 years for $35.
2. Donate. You can donate to the party on the same link from #1 for membership. You can also contact me directly if you would prefer to donate to my campaign rather than the party. Keep in mind that you get a tax credit for political donations! You can see the full schedule for the credits at the link, but as an example, for a donation of $100, you would get a tax credit for $75. That makes your net cost (after the tax credit) is only $25.
3. Volunteer your time. Over the coming months we are going to need a lot of help in many areas.
- We currently need help getting the final signatures for the Nomination Booklet. If anyone wants to sign, or help collect signatures, let us know ASAP.
- We will need people to make phone calls to constituents on behalf of the campaign.
- We will need people to help organize fund raisers.
- We will need people interested in doing some busy work like putting up signs and such.
4. Start, or participate in a Constituency Association. For more information on Constituency Associations, check out some of the links at ELECTIONS BC.
5. Tell people about us. Talk to your friends, family and coworkers. Let them know what we are trying to do here in North Delta. This is truly a grass roots effort and everyone’s help in promoting the party and my campaign in North Delta is extremely helpful.
These are a few of the things that I can think of that you can do if you want to help. If you have other ideas or would like to be a part of the process in any way, leave a comment, drop me an email, or give me a call. I’d love to hear from you.
Sound like a question you are asking yourself? Don’t worry, many people are asking the same question so you are not alone. What I tell them is this:
I am not really sure. I have had a keen interest in politics at all levels, both local and international for a long time. The first memory that really rings strong, and I know my Campaign Manager, Craig, will remember this one too, was the 1988 Federal Election that saw Stan Wilbee elected under the Progressive Conservative banner here in North Delta. I am not sure what it was about that particular election, or that particular man that got us going, but it did.
For a few years after I graduated high school, I dated a gal that we had gone to school with. After graduation she moved to Ottawa to work as a Page in the House of Commons. As a result, I found myself watching a lot of sessions from the House on that channel way up in the listings. I was also fortunate enough to make a couple of trips to Ottawa in 1992 and 93. Two really notable events from those trips were finally meeting and dining with Stan Wilbee and attending a fundraiser for Kim Campbell. As we all well know, in that 1993 Federal Election, Ms. Campbell and the Progressive Conservatives were soundly defeated maintaining only 2 of their previous 151 seats in the House.
This was really the begining of the fascination for me. Not long after that time, I moved to Southern California for a while to pursue a college baseball dream. It was an amazing experience and I would recommend it to all who have the opportunity. While I was there, the US went through one of their weirdest elections ever in 2000 when George W. Bush defeated Al Gore. This election entrenched the term “hanging chad” in the American mind forever. From that point on I watched with great interest as US Politics got intensely polarized only to see George W. Bush win again in 2004 where he defeated John Kerry. Throughout all this time, I became what one might call a talk radio junkie. I could not get enough of the political musings.
During my time in California, I also witnessed history as Democratic Governor Gray Davis became only the second governor in US history to be recalled. Mr. Davis took a lot of flack for the electricity crisis that brought brown outs, rolling black outs, and incredibly expensive electricity to California in 2000 and 2001. Anyhow, the impending recall election saw the Governator, Arnold Schwarzenegger, take over as Governor of California.
Hopefully that gives you some insight into me, and why I am now beginning my political career running for MLA as the BC Conservative candidate for Delta North.