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MP hopefuls Staub and Looye to challenge Hiebert
With the possibility of a federal election looming for early May, two well-known Peninsula figures have announced they will run for a seat in parliament, representing the South Surrey-White Rock-Cloverdale riding.
Former White Rock mayor, Hardy Staub, announced today (Friday) that he will throw his hat in the ring as a federal Liberal candidate.
And Aart Looye, a keen local athlete and community volunteer, said Wednesday he would be running as an ‘independent conservative’ for the seat currently occupied by Conservative MP Russ Hiebert.
Both Staub and Looye said they were running to provide more responsive representation for the riding.
“I feel that our community needs somebody who will represent us in Ottawa rather than represent Ottawa to us,” Staub said in a prepared statement.
“(It needs) a person who cares about the people of this riding, who knows the needs of our community, who listens to the concerns of our constituents and fights for them.
“This is not what we have now and we deserve better.”
Looye, also an event organizer and business consultant, said a key issue in his platform is “quick and meaningful responses to constituents’ needs.”
“I don’t think we are getting the service that we should be getting from an MP,” he told the Peace Arch News. “(Hiebert) hasn’t served the needs of the constituents, he’s served the needs of the Conservative Party. There is a difference.”
Looye said he would work to develop solutions to affordable housing issues and medical services.
The current vice president of the Semiahmoo Triathlon Club, Looye added he will also focus on creating new recreational opportunities for young and old alike.
Staub, until recently a Conservative Party member, has been critical of Hiebert’s representation in Ottawa, and the fact the Conservative electoral district association is not permitted to put forward alternative nominees to challenge him for the riding.
“I’m not a yes-man and I’ll do the job that people are paying me to do,” Staub said.
Staub was mayor of White Rock for nine years. He cites his record of leadership in resolving crime issues and spearheading a plan of fiscal responsibility that kept White Rock free of long-term debt during his years in office.
Looye said his “seasoned and proven background in governance, negotiations and economic development will provide (the riding) with “the leadership we require in the next session of parliament.”