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Coailition in BC – The Olden Days in BC Politics

Here is a really interesting article from Tuesday’s Globe and Mail talking about a coalition government between the Liberal and Conservative parties in BC that ruled from 1941 through 1951. Essentially it existed for one reason, to keep the socialist Co-operative Commonwealth Federation party (the predecessor to the NDP) out of power. What was the end result? The creation of the Social Credit party, the demise of the Liberal and Conservative parties in 1956. Check out Michiel Horn’s article from the Globe HERE.

Really interesting story. Lessons learned. Liberals came back to life in the early 90’s. Conservatives coming back to live for 2009!

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Marc, seriously, why are you running for MLA?

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.

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NEWS RELEASE: BC CONSERVATIVE PARTY SELECTS CANDIDATE FOR NORTH DELTA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                  Dec 12, 2008

 

 

BC CONSERVATIVE PARTY SELECTS CANDIDATE FOR

NORTH DELTA

 

NORTH DELTA, B.C.: BC Conservative Party Leader, Wilf Hanni, has announced the selection of Mr. Marc McPherson as the BC Conservative Party Candidate for the Delta North Constituency in the 2009 Provincial General Election.

 

Mr. McPherson has followed politics since his youth and is well acquainted with the political scene in British Columbia. He is concerned about the lack of government services including Health Care and Education and supports the BC Conservative proposals to bring improvements to both areas as well as our proposed measures to build a strong free enterprise economy that will support the cost of those services.

 

“Mr. McPherson brings a fresh, new approach to the political scene in British Columbia,” said Hanni. “He is a valuable member of the BC Conservative Party who will be an excellent candidate.”

 

He graduated from a North Delta High School and has lived over 20 years of his life in North Delta where he has worked as a volunteer in minor sports programs.

 

He has a Master of Business Administration Degree, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Business, an Associate of Science Degree in Computer Information Systems and an Associate of Arts Degree in Criminology.

 

Marc has also done volunteer work with the Adoptive Families Association of British Columbia. As a member of the Financial Development Committee, he was responsible for aiding in fundraising activities for the organization.

 

In his current position as a Senior Department Head with an online building materials wholesaler based in Vancouver, Mr. McPherson is responsible for managing a staff of sales personnel, managing the release of new products and developing marketing strategies. He also has experience as a marketing specialist for portable satellite terminals and has worked as an Independent Contractor and Market Researcher involved with naval technologies.

 

Hanni predicted that the voters of Delta North will welcome Marc McPherson and the BC Conservative Party as a clear alternative to the BC Liberals and NDP and will vote for

“Change they can Trust”

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FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:

Wilf Hanni, Leader, BC Conservative Party – (250) 426-9807

Marc McPherson, Candidate for North Delta – (604) 727-5273

Gill Picard, Secretary, BC Conservative Party – (866) 800-9025

www.conservativesbc.com   leader@conservativesbc.com

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New Poll: What is the most important issue facing North Delta?

As a way to get input from people in the North Delta constituency, I have added a poll to the site. You will see it in the right sidebar. As your BC Conservative Candidate for the Delta North Constituency, I want to know what is important to YOU! So check back for new polls and please participate.

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Liberal NDP Bloc Coalition

Disgust, disbelief, anger. Three words I have heard a lot recently. A lot has been said in the past 10 days or so since this whole LNB Coalition came to the forefront of Canadian politics but what does it all mean? Some have called it undemocratic, some have called it down right illegal. In actuality, its neither, what it is, however is hugely unpopular with the Canadian voters who less than two months ago made a choice that seems to mean nothing to the Lib NDP Bloc Coalition. Recent polls have support for the Harper Conservative government skyrocketing from the 38% of the vote garnered on October 14 to anywhere from 44% to 51% depending on the polling company. Check out this article by Rob Breakenridge from the Calgary Herald for more on the numbers, HERE.

But what does it all come down to? On December 4, the Governer General of Canada, Michaelle Jean, approved Stephen Harper’s request to prorogue Parliament. Since then, we have seen the coalition members looking more than a little unorganized and silly. The Liberals pushed their failed and interim leader, Stephan Dion out. They then followed that up with a scramble to decide how to replace him before January that ended with Bob Rae backing out leaving a choice of one. Michael Ignatieff. Apparently acting quickly was more important than acting democratically on this occasion.

In the end, what seems to have really put a bad taste in peoples mouths, especially in Western Canada was being told that your vote didn’t matter and to add insult to injury, we plan on placing Stephane Dion at the helm! All I can say, is the gents in Ottawa are doing a great job at sullying the Liberal and NDP brands out West. It is an exciting time to be a part of a grass roots, BC Conservative party pushing for change here in BC.

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B.C. Conservative Party Endorsement

On Wednesday, December 3rd, 2009 I was notified by Wilf Hanni, the leader of the B.C. Conservative Party that I have been approved by the Candidate Selection Committee and the Board of Directors to run for the B.C. Conservatives for the Delta North Riding. It was a pretty exciting moment!

Now that I have been endorsed by the party as their candidate, it is time to file the appropriate nomination papers with Victoria. Just too keep you all updated, I am in the process of collecting the 75 signatures required for nomination.

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North Delta’s Newest Candidate For MLA

You may know me from high school, from sports, from college, from who knows where. And now, here I am, Marc McPherson, back in North Delta and planning on running for MLA in May 2009. I was tired of not connecting with any of the options, so often wanting to just vote “None of the above”. If you’ve been feeling the same, feeling fatigued with the same old same old, then join me, get the word out, and if you can, vote Marc for North Delta MLA in May 2009!

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