Save-Garden-City MLA candidates

Update: An updated version of this post is dated April 22, 2009.

The Garden City Lands issue has had a big effect on two elections in Richmond, first at the federal level and then at the city level. On May 12, 2009, it could well influence the provincial election.

Unlike the federal and city governments, the provincial government is not a party to the basic Garden City Lands agreement, the MOU (memorandum of understanding) with conditions that are now subject to renegotiation because they cannot be met. However, there are important ways in which the provincial government can be involved. We will consider some of them in future posts.

So far I know of three candidates who have been strong Save Garden City advocates. They are Linda Reid of the BC Liberal Party and Michael Wolfe and Stephen Rees of the Green Party.

·        Michael Wolfe, Green Party Candidate in Richmond Centre, is as much a part of the Garden City Lands as the red-winged blackbirds and bog blueberries. He has campaigned steadfastly for years at every opportunity, moderates a large Google Group on the issue, and is a member of the Garden City Lands Coalition leadership group, with a coordinator role that includes guiding eco-tours of the lands.

·        Hon. Linda Reid, MLA for Richmond East and Minister of State for Childcare, came out in support of keeping the Garden City Lands green in a paid-ad column in the March 11, 2008, Richmond News. Her public stand was helpful for the Save Garden City campaign. The Coalition will be looking to her for further help in getting the attention and effective action of the provincial government.


·        The Green Party candidate in Richmond East is Stephen Rees. Especially through his insightful blog, Stephen Rees has been a long-time advocate of saving the Garden City Lands. His expertise includes extensive deep knowledge of transportation and land uses in the Fraser delta.



This blog will not endorse any provincial election candidates, but it will aim to identify candidates who, like Michael and Linda, have shown by their past actions what they are likely to do if elected on May 12.

If there are other declared candidates who should be mentioned, you can add comments to this post or send an email on the topic.


1 Comment »

  1. 1 Says:

    DO NOT Beleive anything Linda Reid says she will once again do anything to get reelected

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