Adam Olsen in his letter to the editor (April 5, ‘Go Green’, PNR) attempts to devalue the contribution of elected representatives if they happen to belong to a party.
I believe he is wrong and that it’s a strange position to take considering he is running under the banner of a party, not as an independent.
Electors choose those candidates they believe can best speak for them.
There is considerable evidence that B.C. NDP members of the provincial opposition (soon to form the government) have continuing freedom to voice our views, not those of the party.
Under the leadership of both the highly-regarded former leader, Carol James and also the evidently strong and capable leadership of current chief, Adrian Dix, it has been amply demonstrated that all members of caucus are respected for the views they bring to the house from their respective constituents.
Gary Holman, the B.C. NDP candidate in Saanich North and the Islands will speak for this riding and for me. I respect him and support him, and urge my friends and neighbours to so do as well.
(Editor’s Note: With the writ being dropped for the provincial election this weekend, this is the final politically partisan letter to the editor the Peninsula News Review will publish until after May 14. During the election period, letters must address specific issues and cannot profess outward support for any one candidate or party over another.)