On Oct. 20th the people of BC will go to the polls to elect mayors, councilors, Regional representatives and School Board trustees. Local governance plays a vital role in our day to day lives whether it is shaping the kind of towns and cities we live in or how our children are educated. Working people have a big stake in the outcome of those elections.
The Campbell River, Courtenay and District Labour Council, along with the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) believe the members of our affiliated unions need information about who is running and which candidates have similar values to union folks. The Labour Council and the CLC has for many years now had a process where we assess, through questionnaires and interviews, the different candidates as to where they stand on issues like public ownership, living wages and sustainability. The CLC then sends out to our members the names of candidates who are endorsed by the Labour Council. Union membership is as diverse as the general public so these endorsements are only one of many ways for union members to decide who to vote for. It is effective though, as labour endorsed candidates won in 67% of the elections in 2015.
The Labour Council is now beginning the process by sending declared candidates questionnaires and setting up interviews. If you are a candidate and wish to have the endorsement of the union movement get in touch with us. If you are running in the Comox Valley ( Courtenay, Comox, Cumberland , Regions A,B or C) contact Sandra Ford at firstname.lastname@example.org or if you are running in Campbell River – North contact Andrea Craddock email@example.com This also includes those running for trustee in School District 71 and 72.
We are aiming to have the recommendations completed by June 21 but we will consider candidates declaring over the summer.. However the process must be completed by Aug 15th.