2010 federal election & a meeting that refreshes

Michael Wolfe, the federal Green candidate for Richmond, took action to correct the lack of all-candidates meetings: he hosted one at the Richmond Culture Centre today. As people arrived at 10:30 on a Sunday morning, they found coffee and tea thoughtfully provided. (Thanks, Michael and helpers Anthony and Tiffany.) The refreshments began a refreshing meeting.

The NDP’s Dale Jackaman was the only other candidate to participate. However, there were lots of citizen participants, from pre-teen to seventies. They soon became an enthusiastic community, all seeking and sharing answers as equals in the respectful milieu that the host facilitated.

Imagine if we could find a way to share that atmosphere! The next scheduled elections are the civic ones in November, and that would be a good time for it. If Michael is still available after the MPs are elected on Monday, perhaps he can find ways to bring fresh air into the stale atmosphere of Richmond politics.

That would, no doubt, have good effects for keeping the Garden City Lands green in the ALR for agricultural, ecological, and open-land park uses for community wellness. The benefit for the Garden City Lands would be just one representative and highly visible instance of the effects, which could be transformative for Richmond and beyond.


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