A federal election is more than six months away — it’s scheduled to be held on Oct. 19 — but in the new riding of Cloverdale-Langley City, three candidates have already entered the fray. All three are already actively preparing for the vote.
The latest candidate in the new riding is Scott Anderson, a 44-year-old businessman with feet in both the Surrey and Langley portions of the riding. Anderson has lived in the area his entire life. He now lives in Cloverdale, but is building a new home in Langley City.
Anderson is a small business owner, with some low-level political experience. He is a member of Langley Environmental Protection Society.
He has been a manager in the construction industry for about 20 years, and recently married.
He emphasizes that the Green Party, while best-known for its environmental positions, is much more than that.
“Voters need to realize that we are more than environmentalists. The party is in the centre — it attracts voters of all stripes.”
Personally, he is very attracted to the Green Party philosophy that allows MPs to speak their minds and vote in accord with their constituents’ wishes, and not be whipped, as in the case of other parties.
He believes that voters in Cloverdale-Langley City are more open to changing their vote in the upcoming election than in past elections. He has looked over the poll results in the areas covered by the new riding. In 2011, 80 per cent of voters voted Conservative, but he feels the governing party has slipped significantly with many voters.
“Their numbers are much lower at this time,” he said. “A lot of voters feel they are not getting local representation. I believe (Stephen) Harper is out of favour with his core demographic in this riding. Voters are tired of the Harper regime. With no incumbent here, it makes it more of an even playing field.”
He also feels confident that the Green Party can attract voters who may be thinking of voting Liberal.
“When it comes to Elizabeth May versus Justin Trudeau, May is very strong. She is more likely to attract younger voters than Trudeau is.”
Asked what voters are telling him is the main issue in the riding, he repiled promptly “Transit.
“It is the main gripe. Nobody is happy with the system we have out here. (Transit) is just past the horse and buggy era.
“We still have not seen any train system out here, despite many promises. I believe the federal government has to do more to get better transit into Surrey and Langley.”
The Green Party has set up a local office in Langley City, at 2-20461 Douglas Crescent.
The party campaign office will have a grand opening on Saturday, April 4.
Details about the event can be obtained by calling the office at 778-277-4736.
The new riding has been created out of portions of the South Surrey-White Rock-Cloverdale, Fleetwood-Port Kells and Langley ridings.
Other nominated candidates in Cloverdale-Langley City are Dean Drysdale for the Conservatives, and John Aldag for the Liberals. Both are Langley residents.