LETTERS: Readers focus on two candidates

Letter writers address the Dec. 11 federal byelection in South Surrey-White Rock


As I have former church members and other friends who reside in White Rock and South Surrey region, I am deeply concerned for them in respect to the upcoming federal byelection set for Dec. 11.

As one who has fought for this country in a time of war, and who was sacrificed by the Liberals of days past in their quest to fix what wasn’t broken, I take seriously the continuing imperiling of Canada via the current edition of the Liberals under Justin Trudeau; therefore, I urge all of my friends in South Surrey-White Rock to support the only candidate who knows Canada, has carried the heavy load of being a senior federal cabinet minister and who has shown previously that she is a champion of her riding and one who listens to all. On that note, I give you Kerry-Lynne Findlay, Conservative candidate.

In order for South Surrey-White Rock to prosper, vote Conservative and help remove the nonsense that passes for government in Ottawa currently.

Cy Mundell, Delta

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Voters in South Surrey-White Rock are going back to the polls in a byelection after only two years, because the incumbent Dianne Watts would rather be the BC Liberal leader than continue to represent her constituents in the House of Commons.

Now the Conservatives have nominated Kerry-Lynne Findlay, who was defeated in the federal election of 2015, in Delta, after just four years of serving that community. One assumes that Findlay is therefore short of eligible service to qualify for a full parliamentary pension, having first been elected in 2011; the mind, does have to speculate here.I suppose the Conservatives have a right to nominate anyone they want, even a person with no viable or verifiable links to South Surrey-White Rock in decades. But between Watts, who left early, and Findlay, who appears to have dropped in from the sky, you have to wonder who the Tories are really in it for.

Gerald Halferty, White Rock

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I received two cards in the mail, one from Kerry-Lynn Findley with her picture on it explaining what she thinks she would be able to accomplish if elected, and one from Gordon Hogg with a picture of Justin Trudeau telling me in no uncertain terms where to go and vote and when but not why.

First of all, Mr. Hogg, I am not your friend, as you addressed in the card. I hardly know you. Second, I thought this was a byelection to elect an MP to represent this riding in Ottawa and not a simple acclamation for Trudeau. Riding on the coattail of a prime minister is not my idea of a fair election. I was deeply offended by Hogg’s card. If this riding elects Hogg because he is beloved Gordie and does not take into account the performance of the Liberal government so far, we are in trouble.

Edie Williams, Surrey

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The Conservative ad for Kerry-Lynne Findlay suggesting that she will be the arbiter, and have a mandate to “keep the Ottawa Liberals honest” would suggest or imply that her party and herself have been flawless; and therefore in a credible position to assume this role.

Given the previous government’s past record, I think it would have been wiser for her to have kept a keener eye on her own party.

Christina MacLellan, White Rock

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I was surprised to see Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s picture on Gordon Hogg’s campaign sign.

I’m sure Hogg can stand on his own because he has been our BC Liberal MLA in Victoria for many years and his family is well known in White Rock.

Maybe the federal Liberal party doesn’t feel secure that Gordon is really a Liberal. After all, the provincial party is known for absorbing members from provincial Conservative parties who were defeated. Maybe it’s because Hogg, a very pleasant person, has had a low profile as our MLA. I mean, what has he actually done for his constituency?

Will Hogg have the determination to curb the lavish spending of the federal Liberal government?

We need someone who has the experience and will stoutly resolve to stop the Liberal government’s lavish spending spree. A good choice is Conservative candidate Kerry-Lynne Findlay, who, amongst other roles, was the minister of national revenue in the former federal Conservative government.

L. Wright, Surrey

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Re: PM’s visit spurs various thoughts, Nov. 22 letters.

In response to F. McCready’s letter to the editor, everyone that is aware of B.C. politics knows that the BC Liberal party is a coalition made up of former Socreds, Conservatives, Progressive Conservatives, Reformers and Liberals.

Gordie Hogg was, is and will always be a Liberal through and through. He will not be changing his stripes, like our former MP.

Terry Garvey, Surrey

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