Ronna-Rae Leonard

Ronna-Rae Leonard

Why Leonard thinks she’s the best candidate

  • Apr. 28, 2011 11:00 a.m.

What qualifications do you possess that make you the best candidate to represent the people of Vancouver Island North in parliament?

It is an honour to be running to be your Member of Parliament.

I have a proven record of strong leadership, having been elected to two terms as a city councilor in Courtenay. I am the chair of the Vancouver Island Regional Library Board and the Comox Valley Regional District’s Housing and Homelessness Standing Committee.

I have a passion for community building, having led grassroots neighbourhood organizations, both rural and urban. I am committed to environmental stewardship and have been a public educator, researcher and project coordinator for a variety of local environmental non-profit organizations since the early 1980s.

What I’m hearing on the doorstep is that local concerns are being ignored. They were promised by the current MP that if he was elected that their concerns would be heard at the highest level. Well, they made him a cabinet minister and yet the Port Race was decommissioned, even though he committed to saving it, the halibut licensing was privatized at great expense to commercial and recreational fishermen alike and he became mired in a scandal with an illegal lobbyist with a very murky background.

It is time that the people of this region had a representative who works for them to make their lives affordable, who will support our veterans and who will preserve our environment.

On Vancouver Island North, only the NDP can defeat the Conservatives and fix what is wrong in Ottawa.