Westward Independent

Conservative candidate – Marina

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For the first time in my life, I find myself writing as a candidate for a political party.

I have thrown my hat in the ring for the Conservative Party of BC in the newly-created riding of Juan de Fuca-Malahat, which includes Cobble Hill, Shawnigan Lake, and Malahat down to Metchosin and Sooke.

How is it possible that I, a family physician who has largely avoided politics, am running for office?
I must be dreaming…

Like many, I used to live comfortably in my small bubble. Until one day, some years ago when my bubble burst. During the COVID lockdowns, some government policies stopped making sense. When small businesses were being destroyed, when drug use deaths spiked, and the health care system was crumbling before my eyes. At first, I felt bewildered, then worried, then scared, and in the end, defeated. But then came determination. I was determined to make a difference! Getting back into my bubble was not an option. It did not exist anymore.

How could I make a difference? It took some time to figure it out as the problems were everywhere: the economy, industry, housing, education, healthcare, and societal division.

After thinking long enough and tracking down the problem deep enough, I started seeing where it all stemmed from, the government. Common sense will tell you that the solution will be there too.

If you want to make a difference, just do it. That was simple. But what party to run for? The answer was even simpler. Of course, I would run for the party that up until a year ago, practically did not exist.

In BC, the NDP, the Greens and BC United have practically indistinguishable policies that will only lead to the degradation of our province.

Upon reading the ideas of the Conservative Party of BC, I discovered with great surprise that I was a conservative! Before that day I thought that I was deeply liberal, but the liberals I knew were gone.

I have a good role model: MLA John Rustad, the leader of the Conservative Party of BC. Rustad resurrected this party from the ashes and showed us that nothing is impossible if you are determined enough. John was an MLA for the
BC Liberals for 20 years. One day, he went against the party line on climate change and was forced to leave the BC Liberals (now known as BC United). He could have retired and relaxed, but he was not ready to give up. He chose to fight, and people followed him.

Who is the Conservative Party of BC? We are everyday people with real lives, real jobs, and real families, all worth fighting for. When you look at Conservative candidates, you will not find career politicians. You will find people who left the comfort of their living rooms and went into politics.
The Conservative Party of BC is independent of the federal Conservative Party. What this means is that provincial policy will be determined by the needs of British Columbians, not by Ottawa.

As an MLA, this will give me the ability to make the changes for our community that we want to see and to have a voice in provincial matters.

I am entering a brave new world here. They say three lefts don’t make a right, but evidently, three lefts will make a former liberal become a conservative candidate in BC’s 2024 election.

* Authorized by Dave Larocque, Financial Agent, davelaro@shaw.ca *

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