October’s federal election will be Brad Vis’s second kick at the can in Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon and this time he says he’s going to do it his way.
The Conservative candidate for this electoral district joined the campaign late in the going following a nomination controversy and said as a result he wasn’t able to run it the way he would have liked.
“I’m starting now. I started quite extensively last month prepping up for the 2019 campaign. Part of that, of course, involves coming up to the northern part of the riding,” he said during his first visit to Lillooet this time around.
“My goal, I’ve made a commitment to people I’ve spoken to today, is that you’re going to see me more regularly between now and October or at least members of my team who are going to be coming up here and knocking on doors and just trying to connect with people so if I’m elected on Oct. 21 I’ll have a better idea how I can be an effective representative especially for this community and for the other ones I’m visiting.”
Vis said that visibility will continue if he’s elected, explaining he plans to have a mobile constituency office that will visit each community in the riding on a regular basis.
“What’s needed is regular and consistent visits which give members of the community clarity and continuity as to when they can visit with their representative or a member of the representative’s staff.”
Vis identified ensuring constituents voices are heard, adequate transportation through the region, infrastructure funding, and conservation and flood protection on the Fraser River.
“More needs to be done to protect our wild salmon stock and that’s something I will be working extensively on. We need to put more funding into restoration projects and we need to re-look at our hatchery policy to ensure that the right amount of fish are being released into our waterways to ensure the survival of these iconic species,” he said.
“Our culture, writ large, in this part of the province is at stake right now if we lose those fish.”
Vis was in town for a town hall meeting at the REC Centre on April 17 to sound out local residents on what they’ll expect from their next member of parliament.
“My main purpose for being up here today and having a town hall tonight and doing all these meetings today is I need to earn people’s trust. I’m not from this community but I want to earn people’s trust and that starts with being here, putting myself forward and letting the community ask me the tough questions.”