All-candidates’ meetings start this Thursday

Just ahead of the official election season launch, here's a full list of upcoming all-candidates' forums in Chilliwack.

Election season will be in full bloom come Tuesday, and the public will soon have a chance to meet and grill all eight candidates for the Chilliwack and Chilliwack-Hope ridings in all-candidates’ debates. Here are the ones confirmed so far:

  • Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce: April 18 at 12:30 p.m. at the Best Western Rainbow Country-Inn. Registration required for lunch at noon, but the 12:30 p.m. forum is free and open to the public.
  • WaterWealth Project: April 30 at 6 p.m. at Sto:lo Resource Centre (Building 10), Coqualeetza Site, 7201 Vedder Road. Discussion will focus on issues affecting local water.
  • Yarrow Community Volunteer Society: May 1 at 7 p.m. at Yarrow Community Hall, with Chilliwack riding candidates only.
  • Chilliwack Teachers’ Association: May 2 at 7 p.m. at Evergreen Hall.
  • Central Elementary Community School: May 6 to May 10. Chilliwack riding candidates will present their platforms separately at the school, and presentations will be video streamed to other schools in the district.
  • Pacific Development Pathways: May 8 at 12:30-1:30 p.m. at the Central Elementary Community School. Discussion will relate to issues surrounding people with disabilities.

Local Rotarians are holding debates as well, open to members and their guests:

  • Rotary Club of Chilliwack Mt. Cheam: For Chilliwack-Hope riding, April 18, and for the Chilliwack riding, April 25. Both at about 7:20 a.m. at the Coast Chilliwack Hotel.
  • Rotary Club of Chilliwack Fraser: May 1 for Chilliwack riding, and May 8 for Chilliwack-Hope riding, both at noon at the Best Western Rainbow Country-Inn.

The Chilliwack community will likely organize additional all-candidates’ meetings in the run-up to the May 14 election.

Provincial election campaigning officially begins on Tuesday, April 16, when the writ is dropped.

Incumbent Gwen O’Mahony will launch her NDP re-election campaign for the Chilliwack-Hope riding this Saturday, April 13, at 2 p.m. in the Chilliwack Mall (across from Sports & Stuff). NDP Chilliwack candidate Patti MacAhonic launched her campaign earlier.

Liberals John Martin, running for Chilliwack, and Laurie Throness, running for Chilliwack-Hope, launched their joint campaign last Saturday.

The Conservative Party candidates, Michael Henshall for Chilliwack-Hope and Chad Eros for Chilliwack, will officially open their new office on April 19, at #6-45802 Luckakuck Way, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Green Party candidate Kim Reimer is hosting a “Meet the Candidate” event this Friday at 6 p.m. at Decades Coffee.

Not to be forgotten, B. C. Excalibur Party creator and Chilliwack riding candidate Michael Halliday will appear at some of the all-candidates’ meetings, but has not been invited to the Chamber of Commerce or the Rotary Club events.