posted Oct 29, 2015 at 3:00 PM
Langley voters made modern history by voting in a Liberal MP to represent them in one of the two Langley ridings.
The last time that any portion of Langley was represented by a Liberal MP in Ottawa was 1953.
The Liberals have had little presence in the area since that time, although in 1968 there was renewed interest in the party when Pierre Trudeau was selected leader, and brought youth and vigour into a party which had been seen as largely the preserve of older men.
Shortly after Trudeau was named party leader (and prime minister, as the Liberals were in power as a minority government under Lester Pearson), he called an election.
As part of that campaign, he held a major rally at Fort Langley, likely the only time there has been a major political rally involving a Liberal prime minister in Langley’s history.
So there is no shortage of irony that under Pierre Trudeau’s son Justin, the Liberals have won 17 seats in B.C. after a similar display of public enthusiasm — 47 years later. Their Langley seat was easily won by John Aldag, who has been a senior manager at Parks Canada’s Fort Langley site.
In the 2011 campaign a much weaker Liberal Party, under leader Michael Ignatieff, received just nine per cent of the vote in the Langley riding in 2011 — 4,990 votes.
The candidate was Rebecca Darnell.
How did the Liberals go from such a poor showing to electing an MP in one Langley riding, and coming a strong second in the other against incumbent Conservative MP Mark Warawa, who won 64.5 per cent of the vote in 2011?
On Oct. 19, Warawa took 45.6 per cent of the vote in the redrawn Langley-Aldergrove riding which should, theoretically, have added Conservative strongholds to his riding.
Liberal Leon Jensen was less than 5,500 votes behind.
There is no question that many voters wanted change badly, and the Liberals were well-positioned to deliver it. They ran a positive campaign, had a younger enthusiastic leader in Justin Trudeau with a well-known name, and put forward policies that appealed to a lot of people.
In addition, the lengthy election campaign allowed them time to find their feet and respond strongly to the varying directions of the campaign. The Conservatives’ negative ads about Justin Trudeau rebounded to his advantage.
Many more people voted, and a lot of them were younger voters. Many had tuned out of past elections.
In Langley, although the Conservatives and predecessor parties have owned the area for decades, their national campaign was weak and there was a lot of unhappiness with party leader Stephen Harper.
Aldag is well-known in Langley and ran a very strong campaign. He also won because the majority of voters in the riding were in the Surrey portion of the riding, which has had a large influx of new residents, many of whom were ready to go to the Liberals.
He has a decent shot at being named to cabinet, although the new cabinet will be much smaller than the old one.
His lengthy experience in working with Parks Canada, and fluent bilingualism, are assets in his favour.
The Liberals will want to strengthen their hold in this area — something that even their most enthusiastic supporters probably can’t fully believe yet.
Frank Bucholtz recently retired as editor of the Langley Times, but he still shares his views on a wide range of topics at frankbucholtz.blogspot.ca.
October 19th was certainly an exciting day! While not successful in unseating our longstanding Conservative Member of Parliament, the Liberal team certainly gave it a strong try. Here's the final results:
Mark Warawa Conservative 27,333
Leon Jensen Liberal 21,894
Margo Sangster New Democrat 7,490
Simmi Dhillon Green 2,644
Lauren Southern Libertarian 535
Rejected ballots 204
Total number of votes 60,100
Here's where we stood in previous elections:
Those are certainly some impressive Liberal numbers for this election! Highest ever in both number and in percentage. Highest ever turnout since 2004!
Thank you to everyone that participated!
posted Oct 27, 2015 at 2:00 PM— updated Oct 27, 2015 at 3:09 PM
Following coverage of a speech given by re-elected Langley MP Mark Warawa (Victory bitter-sweet for MP Warawa Oct. 21) The Times received a great deal of feedback from readers who were disappointed by some of his comments.
We have published several of those letters here, along with an apology from Mr. Warawa.
Editor: I was dismayed to read of re-elected MP Mark Warawa’s response to the constituents of Langley at his victory party, following the Canadian election results.
To quote Mr. Warawa directly, he stated: “There’s a God that we can trust in,” and “our country needs our prayers,” followed by a flippant remark stumbling over the name of the new prime minister-elect and addressing him as “Justin Hairdo.”
This response was disrespectful to the constituents of Langley, regardless of their political persuasion but also disrespectful to the process of democracy.
Knowing that our representation in Ottawa will be expressed in such a manner is very disheartening in the sense that there is much diversity in our community and in Canada regarding religion, ethnicity and culture. We as Canadians should not disregard other people’s religious or cultural beliefs by claiming that God will just support the “right ones.”
As a teacher for over 30 years, I worked alongside parents from very different cultural and religious backgrounds with the goal of helping their children grow and learn to the best of their abilities in an accepting and inclusive environment.
Canada is so diverse; it is to be treasured for our differences of belief, religion and culture and that is what the election brought forth. I appeal to Mr. Warawa to remember that it is important to remember that all citizens of Langley/Aldergrove are your constituents and to remember inclusivity in your role as an elected MP.
Mrs. Fiona Mason,
Editor: Mr. Warawa’s re-election was not unexpected, nor was his classless comment during his victory speech regarding Justin Trudeau, our prime minister designate.
His comment cannot be viewed as surprising or unexpected because personal attacks by the Conservatives, against opposing candidates, were evident throughout the election campaign. What is also evident, however, is that it did not serve his party well.
Editor: Mark Warawa certainly showed a total lack of class with his comments at his “victory” celebration.
A brief reminder, Mr. Warawa, there were far more votes cast against you than for you. However, thank you for removing any question as to whether I and the country, made the right choice.
Business as usual
Editor: How incredibly unprofessional for Mark Warawa, a 65-year old man and Member of Parliament to call our Prime Minister-elect “Justin Hairdo” during his victory speech, then proceed with the “fairy tales and cotton candy” partisan nonsense.
This is the exact kind of snide, petty cynicism that became the norm under the last 10 years of “Harper Government”, and Canadians have had enough of it.
I can appreciate writer Dan Ferguson’s attempt to dismiss this as “stumbling” over Mr. Trudeau’s name, but the Conservatives have been creepily obsessed with his looks and hair since the moment he was nominated to Liberal Party leader in 2013.
This “stumble” was just business as usual for somebody whose party was more focused on attacking somebody else’s looks than focusing on their own issues, both foreign and domestic.
I have always thought that Mr. Warawa was above this kind of childish behaviour. I hope he will take this opportunity that the citizens of his riding have given him, and conduct himself with a level of dignity and courtesy that we expect of our elected officials.
Aspire to do better
Editor: At the risk of lowering myself to his infantile level, I would like to comment on Mark “Waa-waa’s” terrifically insightful analysis of our new prime minister-elect as “Justin Hairdo.”
I hope that Mr. Warawa manages to get over himself and tries to do his best in representing his constituents, as he certainly has no second career as a comedian to look forward to.
It also behooves Mr. Warawa to remember that the “God” he invokes to assist him in his efforts to “hold the Liberals accountable” is probably the same one that will be assessing his own efforts and holding him to a higher standard of behavior as well.
He has an opportunity now, to discard the sleazy tactics employed by his party — the ones that got them so soundly defeated — and aspire to do better. We all look forward to good things to come from our duly elected representative for the next four years, regardless of his party affiliation, and hope he can rid himself of the unfortunate impression he has given of himself upon his re-election.
I am also concerned that if this is front page news, then we are seriously lacking in actual important or newsworthy events in Langley. I, for one, would rather see anything else on the front page of our newspaper rather than a “sour grapes” commentary on the election.
Out of touch
Editor: After reading the comments of our local MP, Mark Warawa re: "Justin Hairdo" (The Times, Oct. 21) it's very clear the Conservative Party, and Mr. Warawa in particular, are out of touch with the voting public.
The "nice hair" ads clearly didn't work. The party rode that pony to a very distant second place in the election race. It's obvious Mr. Warawa thinks the race is still in progress and continues to use the whip on that poor old horse. They are stuck in the old days, unwilling or unable to look forward. It proves to us that we did need a change and we do thank God we got it.
John and Pat Fraser,
A time to rise to the occasion
Editor: It was with some dismay that I read your article about Mark Warawa's celebration of his local victory in Monday's election.
No doubt Mr. Warawa was suffering severe disappointment over the defeat of his government, but surely election night is the time to rise to the occasion, to be dignified and gracious and even a bit reflective, if possible.
To refer to our new prime minister, democratically elected by Canadians, as "Justin Hairdo" simply showed, well, bad taste — not to mention a mean-spiritedness that seemed to characterize the outgoing government.
The negative Conservative ads didn't resonate well with most Canadians, but apparently they worked their magic on Mr. Warawa.
I confess that our MP's assurance that "there's a God" echoed my own relief when I heard the news that Mr. Harper would no longer be prime minister, but I hope I would have been more tactful than to state that (publicly) had I been elected.
Mr. Warawa's God seems obsessed with taxes; in fact, every communication that comes to my door from his office is entirely devoted to taxes, presumably assuming that as a citizen of Canada, I care about nothing else — not the environment, not our foreign policy, not the need for national strategies on aging, on housing, on health care, on . . . ah, but the election is blessedly over, so I won't go on.
I had assumed that a conservative candidate running in this riding was unassailable, but was surprised to see that the vote wasn't that one-sided.
So there's always the next election. Meanwhile, I hope that Mr. Warawa will do his best to work constructively with the new government in power, to rise above personal jibes, even in opposition, and to adopt a broader concept of the needs of his constituents here.
Warawa should hold himself accountable
Editor: I appreciate the Langley Times coverage of the 42nd federal election.
The purpose of my letter is to express my disappointment in MP Mark Warawa's victory speech, as reported in the Langley Times on Oct. 21. The lack of professionalism and disrespect displayed by Mr. Warawa for Canada's new Prime Minister designate is appalling.
Referring to Justin Trudeau as "Justin Hairdo" — really? This is school yard behavior that parents, teachers and mature, rational adults discourage and try to correct.
I expect more of my Member of Parliament than to engage in belittling and bullying type behavior. Mr. Warawa's inference that the Liberals "live on fairy tales and cotton candy," is ridiculous considering the Conservative's fiscal stewardship (nine deficit budgets and one 'anticipated' surplus budget).
Harper's Conservatives took over from a Liberal government that handed them a $13 billion surplus because of nine balanced, surplus budgets. Which party is living the fairy tale? Enough propaganda it is time to look at the facts.
Do we need to remind Mr. Warawa, the Canadian public voted for change and 32,753 of his constituents did not cast their vote for him?
Mr. Warawa is tasked with representing all of his constituents and not just his supporters or Conservative base. I did not appreciate the personal attack ads during the election campaign because I believe, as a taxpayer, elected officials are more than adequately compensated and their job is to focus on real issues and not someone's appearance or hair.
The election results for the Langley-Aldergrove riding is very clear feedback for Mr. Warawa; he has much work to do, as more than half of his constituents didn't support him.
May I suggest Mr. Warawa focus his efforts on finding out why his constituents voted for change and the type of representation they desire in Ottawa. I want a strong voice in Ottawa that will work to address inequality and poverty in our community and create employment.
Also, access to licensed and affordable daycare; criminal justice re-investment to prevent crime rather than the Conservative ideology of "tough on crime"; an inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women; a national community mental health strategy; negotiating the federal/provincial Health Accord before it expires in 2017; infrastructure investment, etc.
My list does not include the foolish niqab debate.
Prior to holding Mr. Trudeau accountable, it is time for Mr. Warawa to hold himself accountable and then perhaps he can start the work he was elected to do — represent his constituents.
I tripped over my words
Editor: During my speech on election night, I tripped over my words and called our new Prime Minister, Justin Hairdo.
No offence was intended and I apologize. I congratulate Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on his victory and look forward to working with him for the good of all Canadians.
It was just a mistake , when he said the wrong name. This is just liberal media bias. If Trudeau did the same thing to Warawa, nobody would say anything.
Thats what you get from a bunch of biggoted bible thumpers.
When I read what Mark said for his speech, I wanted to write to him directly to let him know how disgusted I was with his comments about our PM Designate. He sounded like a sore loser in a school yard dispute. What happened to elected officials having to set a good example? He must not have noticed that over 32,000 people voted against him which was over 5,000 more then voted for him. I hope he enjoys his last term in office. He hasn't done anything for his community when his party was in power, I doubt he will do anything now.
Langley fought hard to change their representation. It is unfortunate those that chose to re-elect Warawa didn't do so on his merit and only based on their party loyalties. Would have been nice if the Conservative voters this time around had stepped up and said: there is nothing Christian about supporting a party that lacks morals , ethics and compassion
What a dishonest apology. Not only does he personally attack our Prime Minister on his physical appeareance but he insults the intelligence of his constituents by pretending that it was anything but a deliberate personal attack.
thats what you get langley you deserve it !!!!
We really don't
by Dan Ferguson - Langley Times
posted Oct 19, 2015 at 9:00 PM— updated Oct 19, 2015 at 10:01 PM
Canadians have elected a new prime minister, showing the Conservatives the door after 10 years in power and handing Liberal leader Justin Trudeau a majority government.
Locally, it was a bittersweet night for MP Mark Warawa after voters gave the Conservative another mandate — this time to represent Langley-Aldergrove as a member of the official opposition.
Warawa called the new prime minister "Justin Hairdo" during a speech to a subdued victory party held in a Milner greenhouse Monday night.
The re-elected MP was applauded by more than 100 supporters as he arrived with his wife Diane, but the loss to the Liberals had clearly cast a pall on the celebration of his victory.
"There's a God that we can trust," Warawa said.
"Our country does need our prayers."
Warawa said the Conservatives would work hard to hold Trudeau and the Liberals accountable, especially when it comes to raising taxes and balancing the budget.
"We're going to make sure that he hears your voice," Warawa said.
"There is a real world, and you can't live on fairy tales and cotton candy."
As Warawa was speaking about Trudeau, one supporter yelled out "nice hair," a reference to the Conservative ad campaign that dismissed the Liberal leader as "just not ready."
"He does have nice hair, " Warawa said.
"I wish I had his hair."
Then he stumbled over the prime minister elect's name, calling him "Justin Hairdo" and generating some laughs.
Warawa is the only Member of Parliament who has represented Langley since the now-reconfigured riding was created in 2004.
– files from Brenda Anderson
Dave McCormick · Landis Saskatchewan
Why do more and more of these Conservative clowns sound like the Republicans to the south of us?
Maybe Mr. Warawa just isn't used to being allowed to speak without being told what to say. It might take him some getting used to.
I think the headline summed up Mr. Warawa's speech perfectly, with emphasis on "bitter". Calling the Prime Minister-elect names and sulking about policy during a victory speech is typical of the childish, cynical arrogance that Canadians became used to under the last decade under Harper, and a key reason why Canadians overwhelmingly booted his party to the curb. I thought Mr. Warawa was better than that.
It should also be pointed out to Dan Ferguson that this was not a "stumble", as you so kindly put it. The Conservatives have been pushing this childish "nice hair" mantra since the moment Trudeau became party leader in 2013 and clearly did not pay attention as Trudeau brought new life, new ideas, and new hope into his campaign.
I hope Mr. Warawa is finally able to act and think for himself under a new Conservative leadership. Maybe this will be a good opportunity for him to remember why he entered politics in the first place: to represent his constituents and treat his colleagues with professionalism, courtesy, and respect.
Funny, I've lived in Mark's riding for 7 years now. I've reached out to him on several occasions re various topics...not so much as an acknowledgement. I've reached out to Liberal MP's in the last week, even ones that are far from my riding, to my pleasant surprise I received an acknowledgement and response within hours, including on a Sunday! What does that tell you about Mark?
Absolutely appalling. Calling your new prime minister names is appropriate when you are still in kindergarten, not when you are a 60+ year old man and an MP.
As for God and his part in this? Separating religion from politics is long overdue and I sincerely hope Langley Aldergrove makes a much more appropriate choice next time. It would have been nice to have an MP that will represent US in Ottawa rather than the last 10 years of the other way around. Shame on you Mr. Warawa
Thank gawd these bozos are no longer ruining the country.
Calling the prime minister elect names is typical of this 10 year back bencher.
I would say that he was lucky to hang on to his seat.
Shane Dyson · Aldergrove, British Columbia
Classy line of the night- "Then he stumbled over the prime minister elect's name, calling him "Justin Hairdo" and generating some laughs."
Can I ask why you copied/pasted this article? We had just read it ........
Shane Dyson · Aldergrove, British Columbia
I hadn't realized the article was copied when I put in my remark. The was no way to edit after I posted. I apologize for this.
From pipelines to pot, a lot of topics were covered at the last all-candidates meeting for Langley-Aldergrove held at the Fraser River Presentation Theatre on Oct. 8.
— Image Credit: Monique Tamminga
by Monique Tamminga - Langley Times
posted Oct 12, 2015 at 3:00 PM— updated Oct 15, 2015 at 9:37 AM
From legalizing marijuana and the controversial Senate to Bill C-51 and pipelines, federal candidates in the Langley-Aldergrove riding engaged in a rousing debate on a range of topics Thursday night at Township hall.
The Fraser River Presentation Theatre was above its capacity of 200 people, with dozens standing to hear what the candidates— Conservative Mark Warawa, Libertarian Lauren Southern, NDP Margo Sangster, Liberal Leon Jensen and Green Party Simmi Dhillon — had to say ahead of the Oct. 19 federal election.
Supporters of the NDP appeared to dominate the crowd.
Written questions from the audience came in by the dozen, with many not able to be addressed in the allotted two hours. While the economy has been a dominant election issue, it didn't come up directly in Thursday's debates. Among the topics that were addressed are:
• Cross Border Shopping
Moderator Scott Johnston, president of the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce — organizers of the all-candidate meeting — asked if any candidates would agree to implement same-day duty at the border to discourage Canadians from shopping across the border.
None of the candidates thought same-day duty would be a good idea.
"But a recent trip to the Aldergrove border showed that staffing there is low, so we would like to increase staffing there," said Sangster.
Jensen remarked that same-day duty would create even worse lineups than already exist.
Warawa, whose government has paid for improving the Aldergrove crossing, said the reduction of tariffs to come through the new 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership will reduce prices for Canadians, keeping them shopping at home.
"With the TPP in play, Langley's poultry, berry and dairy farmers are losing out. We need to do more to protect them," she said.
• Kinder Morgan Pipeline
Sangster listed several ways in which she believes the pipeline process has been flawed so far: "The environment assessment process has been gutted. The National Energy Board hasn't allowed cross-examination and there has been no meaningful First Nations input into the pipeline," she said.
Jensen said the NEB "needs more teeth."
Dhillon said the Green Party feels citizens haven't been consulted, the NEB isn't going to listen and one of the biggest protests against the pipeline was held in Langley, organized by Kwantlen First Nation, who are going to be deeply impacted and yet haven't been consulted.
"It is inappropriate to prejudge a project. We want to give a two-year time limit for an assessment, otherwise these assessments drag on for years and people make jobs out of keeping the [assessments] going without decision," said Warawa. He pointed to Fish Lake, which got approval but was turned down by the government.
Southern said property owners would have full rights of everything below and above their land.
• Bill C-51
Warawa said when he asks people what they don't like about Bill C-51, they don't know.
"C-51removes terrorist propaganda online, prevents travel for the purpose of terrorism and all of this has judicial oversight, so it isn't just the government making the decisions."
Dhillon has strong views against Bill C-51. "It's not about security, it's about taking freedom away," she said. "Who are we protecting Canadians from? If you have dual citizenship you run the risk of being deported now."
The NDP would repeal C-51, said Sangster, calling the bill a 'red herring.'
"CSIS is reasonably competent at doing its job," she said.
For Jensen, who has a military background, the bill isn't black and white. "Yes, it went too far, but from what I understand Canada didn't have a no-fly terrorist list before Bill C-51," he said.
• Legalizing marijuana:
"We are spending billions and losing the battle," said Jensen. "Let's figure out how to take the profits away from the criminals. Let's study what is working in Colorado and Washington and use best practices and legalize it."
Under a Conservative government, pot will never be legalized or even decriminalized, said Warawa. Medical pot can be prescribed by a doctor, he said.
But Warawa acknowledged that the medical pot growing industry has become criminalized to a degree, which has created problems.
Sangster, who has a background in public health and addictions, has some reservations about legalizing pot.
"I've seen the negative effects marijuana can have on young people," she said.
Southern said gang violence is the result of prohibition.
Dhillon said the Greens would legalize it and that she would like to see hemp grown in the floodplains in Aldergrove.
• Toeing Party Line
Discussions got heated when candidates were asked if they would ever vote against their party to follow his or her constituents' wishes?
Warawa was greeted with laughter and boos when he responded, "The Conservative party is the only party who encourage free votes."
Dhillon pointed to the muzzling of ministers and scientists by the PM.
"There is a mass exodus of prominent ministers to running again. The Conservative party is the biggest micro-manager," said Dhillon.
"Justin [Trudeau] will reduce the power of the PM," said Jensen.
• Canadian Pension Plan
Only the Conservative Party would keep CPP eligibility at 67.
"CPP started in 1965 . . . we live longer and are healthier, so the age was raised because we live longer," said Warawa. The next review is scheduled to take place in 2016.
The Green Party would return CPP eligibility to 65, but also create a national seniors strategy, said Dhillon.
"Restore it to 65 and enhance it," said Jensen.
The NDP would restore it to 65 with additional funding for home care, funding beds for seniors, said Sangster.
• How Would The Parties Pay for their Promises
Warawa said all his parties promises are 'costed.' No increase in the GST is needed.
Only the Liberals have come out to say they would run a $3 billion deficit for the first three years to get the economy going.
The NDP has a committed balanced budget in year one, said Sangster. The NDP plans to reduce small business tax and increase corporate by two per cent.
Federal election candidates Margot Sangster (NDP), Simmi Dhillon (Green) and Leon Jensen (Liberal) took questions from the public at a two-hour all-candidates meeting Monday, Oct. 5 at the Aldergrove Legion. Retired Langley Times editor Frank Bucholtz (at left) moderated the meeting and Libertarian Lauren Southern and Conservative Mark Warawa were no-shows.
— Image Credit: KURT LANGMANN PHOTO
by Kurt Langmann - Aldergrove Star
posted Oct 5, 2015 at 7:00 PM
More than 130 people filled the Aldergrove Legion Hall on Monday, to hear the Langley-Aldergrove federal election candidates speak.
Three party candidates from the NDP, Greens and Liberals were questioned primarily on senior citizen issues, although the Libertarian and Conservative candidates were conspicuously absent from the event. The meeting was co-hosted by a number of local seniors' organizations, and moderated by retired Langley Times editor Frank Bucholtz.
Incumbent Conservative candidate Mark Warawa was unable to attend due to other commitments, according to Bucholtz, but there was no explanation for Libertarian Lauren Southern's absence.
Liberal hopeful Leon Jensen opened the proceedings by stating that, "The present government has not been honest and Canada's international reputation is not what it used to be." Noting that he had recently retired after 40 years service with the military, Jensen said, ""Justin Trudeau is just what we need."
Green hopeful Simmi Dhillon said "Langley is where I chose to raise a family nine years ago," and while she had seen many changes in that time here she hoped to see the community grow in a positive fashion.
NDP hopeful Margot Sangster described herself as an "advocate for seniors to stay in their homes as long as possible" and for providing long-term care services when that time of life comes. "(NDP leader Thomas) Mulcair is the man we can trust to undo the damage (Prime Minister Stephen) Harper and the Liberals have done."
All three candidates pledged to reinstate 65 as the age of retirement for full pension benefits and to expand the Canada Pension Plan to help the more than 11,700 seniors in Langley, who on average live on $24,000 a year in pensions.
Housing and health care were among the most important issues cited by those who stepped up to the microphone to question the candidates.
Dhillon said the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation "needs to do more, provide access to grants, and the local community, builders need to contribute more to infrastructure and adaptable housing."
Noting that "too many people are priced out of home ownership," Jensen said a Liberal government would provide $125 million in tax incentives to finance construction of new housing."
"Canada needs a bill asserting housing as a right," asserted Sangster, promising that an NDP government would provide $2 billion for housing co-ops by 2020.
All three agreed that Canada needs a new health care strategy to replace the Romanow Commission's Health Accord, which expired in 2014.
In response to a question about changing the present "First-past-the-post" electoral system, all three expressed a desire for a more representative system.
Jensen pointed out that, "60 per cent of the 60 per cent who voted chose our previous MP. That's 36 per cent who voted for our representative who doesn't have the decency to show up at this meeting."
On the issue of the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion, the candidates questioned the validity of the regulatory processes, although Dhillon went a bit further, saying, "Kinder Morgan is not coming through here."
One questioner noted that unless voters "vote together for a different government we'll see the same MP elected again. I like all three of you but who do I vote for, give me reasons why I should vote for you."
Dhillon replied that "the Greens are the only party that mandates that we speak for you, the constituents."
Sangster said she has a track record of "working hard for over 30 years, I'm educated and experienced, and Mulcair is the best leader. The NDP has not been given the opportunity to govern this country; give us a shot."
Jensen said the Liberals "will not vote against the Charter of Rights... and we will keep our promises. Look and see who will make real change."