Meet the Candidate: Ryan McKinnon

Introducing independent candidate for Chilliwack-Hope, Ryan McKinnon

Independent candidate for Chilliwack-Hope

What is your background/political experience?

I have followed British Columbia politics since I was nine years old. My father taught me about policies of provincial parties of the day and how these policies affected the economy and industry locally. In my adult years, I have learned through my own assessments as to how the parties function and how their decisions have directly affected communities throughout British Columbia.

What are the most pressing issues currently facing the riding?

Job creation throughout our constituency is the most pressing issue. Other issues include: protection of our air and water resources, crime reduction, pipeline expansion, economic stimulus, transit for smaller communities, light rail expansion, doctor and nurse shortages, and child protection reform.

If elected, what would be your main priority as MLA?

My main priority would be child protection reform. My plan will save children and families the unneeded hardship of the current system. Restructuring the current system will save hundreds of millions of dollars a year. These dollars will be better spent on economic stimulus providing jobs for families in the Chilliwack-Hope riding, as well as communities in British Columbia.

What can be done to stimulate economic growth in the Hope area?

I believe providing tax incentives to the resource-based and manufacturing sectors could bring jobs to Hope. There are currently several mining projects waiting for approvals that would bring hundreds of jobs to Hope. Providing three scheduled transit runs a day to Chilliwack would be beneficial for people to tap into the job market down the valley. More promotion of our tourism industry and new and evolving ideas from local residents would also help stimulate economic growth. In addition, provide grant access to people with small business ideas, giving them the resources for start-up costs.

Why should people vote for you?

As a lifelong resident of the Chilliwack-Hope area, I understand what our communities need to grow and prosper. I have met people from all walks of life in our community and I look forward to representing each and every one of you in Victoria. As an independent candidate, I am not accountable to any party’s policies. I am accountable to the you, the voter. For true representation, I hope you choose me as your Member of the Legislative Assembly on May 14, 2013. I look forward to hearing all your concerns as well as ideas for economic growth for the Hope and Boston Bar area. My email is mckinnonryan22@gmail.com