About

I was recently asked what my motivation was in starting this blog.  I can only say that when the upcoming Federal election is finally over and the results are in, I want to be able to look my kids in the eye and tell them that I did everything I could to make their hometown and their country a better place and more like the Canada that I grew up in: a Canada with a conscience, a Canada with compassion, a Canada respected on the world stage, a Canada that protects its lands and waters, a Canada where Parliamentary rules are not abused, a Canada free of omnibus bills, a Canada not beholden to a single sunset industry.  That is why I do it.

I am a long time resident of Port Moody and the Tri-Cities area.  I have a graduate liberal arts degree from SFU, I have owned and operated my own consulting company in the Tri-Cities area for the past 16 years, and I am a Member of the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce.  A simple Google Search will identify who I am.  I am hardly a “left-wing radical”.  I in fact was probably like most of you reading this, largely apolitical in terms of Federal politics until the Conservatives attained their majority and started implementing their agenda.  I am in reality the inevitable result of the muzzling of scientists, the introduction and passing of Bill C-51, the trashing of environmental protections, the arrogance of the Conservative Party, and the dutiful silence of B.C. Conservative MPs.  I am simply put angry.  Angry with what the Conservatives under Stephen Harper have done to my country.   What I am doing with this blog is just acting locally.  As a voter not wanting to see the Conservatives retain power, this blog and the time that I have invested in it, is my contribution to that goal.

I am not a member of a particular political party or a member of anyone’s campaign team.  Please note that nothing on this site should be considered a personal attack.  I very much appreciate anyone putting themselves up for public office and hope one day to do so myself.  However, that does not mean that you will get a free pass to election victory.  You will definitely have to earn it.

As I have noted elsewhere, I am in no way anti-military.  Far from it.  In fact, I  come from a military family myself.  My father, was a 26 year veteran with the British Military, primarily in the British Military Intelligence Corps but was also in the Canadian Militia in the 1970s.  My mother was a British Army nurse and my mother and father met and were married in Nairobi while my father was stationed in Kenya during the Mau Mau rebellion and my mother was stationed there as an army nurse in a MASH-style military hospital.  My uncle drove a tank in the 8th Army under Montgomery and was at El Alamein and my grandfather was a Captain in the British Merchant Navy of a Q-ship during WWI.  He met my grandmother while serving in the Navy (she was a Navy WREN) when they were based in the Scilly Islands.  My great-uncle died in WWI at the Battle of the Somme.  Being anti-military is not in my DNA.  In fact, it is somewhat amazing in hindsight that I didn’t end up in the military myself.

Non-local political ramblings can be found at the sister blog: https://augustviews.wordpress.com

Now trying my hand at sports blogging too.  See my Vancouver Whitecaps blog: https://whitecapsrosterrumours.wordpress.com

This is what happens when you don’t have cable TV.  Let that be a lesson to you kids!

DEDICATION 

This blog is dedicated to my late father, a 26 year veteran with the British Military, primarily in the British Military Intelligence Corps, who instilled in me the meaning of social justice, cultural relativism, and a “there but the grace of God go I” attitude towards those less fortunate.  I think that he would have liked the blog.

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8 thoughts on “About

    • Hi Kevin,

      Thanks for the comment! I definitely intend on continuing in one form or another. The next Provincial election is not that far away really. I’m also working on a blog on Port Moody civic matters in the background as well.

      Cheers.

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  1. There’s something really creepy about a person who would post such negative comments on and on and on without the guts to put your name to same.
    I notice that you want my name and email though, in order to post this comment. Not only do you not have courage, you don’t even demonstrate the courage of your convictions. Shame on you. I wonder what your father would think of your lack of courage. This apple fell far far from the tree.
    Honey M. Lynch

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  2. In the last 2 days I’ve had an interesting series of attempted communication with our conservative candidate over an election sign that was posted in a dangerous place in Port Moody (obstructing the view of traffic for pedestrians). This candidate deleted my polite request on his FB wall to move the sign to a safer location, and did not respond to me via message or on the FB page. Then, when the city bylaw officer was contacted to discuss the hazard, the sign gets moved with a comment from Mr. Laider “Thanking” the city for suggesting they move the sign to a move visible location. Not once did he respond to my concerns. Even a simple “I hear your concerns and will look into it” would have sufficed. The complete lack of response by this candidate is perhaps a scary preview of what would happen should he be elected.

    Keep up the good work.

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  3. Thanks very much for sharing your experiences Laura and I would very much encourage you to share both your experiences and this blog everywhere you can. I have every reason to believe that if Mr. Laidler is elected, that is exactly what he will be like. If elected, he will be Harper’s representative in our riding rather than our representative in Ottawa.

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  4. This is a fascinating blog. As a former journalist, I recognize and applaud the very fine, well researched work you’ve done. Your enemy is not Tim Laidler. Your enemy is voter apathy. Good luck in your attempt to combat that – Nicole Parton, Port Moody

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