Here I speak about Municipal elections, the only one where people can interact with their candidates and with their elected representatives.
And today, I had the opportunity to hear the candidates, and interact with a few of them. I shall come back to fill this blog more with details – but meanwhile here are a few candidates and what I think about their candidacy, in pictures.
Heather King gets my vote
I asked each candidate, a day earlier, about their stand on GMO.
Heather King responded with :
Lori Mayhew gets my vote
Lori Mayhew is another candidate that responded in writing:
Nicholas Wong gets my vote
Then there was Nicholas Wong. He responded :
I have friends who have been directly effected by Monsanto and have developed cancer as a result of their pesticides. Farmers are particularly at risk from direct intoxication due to many of the pesticides and chemicals that they use. It stands to reason that this transfers into the food supply. This is not even touching on the issue of GMOs. I am not entirely certain that genetic manipulation is bad as a whole, but the way that the industries involved have refused regulation and surround themselves in secrecy is unacceptable. For that reason, I am entirely in support of having Delta join the list of municipalities declaring themselves GMO free. I will not support an indefinite ban, but, without proper health assessment and regulation, we have no way of protecting the population from its many potential harms and evils.
The facts you present are more than enough of a reason to support outlawing all GMOs until they pass sufficient health panels and demonstrate that they are not doing us irreparable harm.
I hope that this answers some of the issues. Thank you so much for approaching me with the question and I will look for you in the crowd tomorrow.
Thanks so much,
Ian Paton does not get my vote
I personally have come across quite a few politicians that talk like that – promising nothing, committing to nothing, never taking a clear stand on issues, and wanting your vote nonetheless. Usually such politicians are to be found higher up in the hierarchy. It was surprising for me to come across such a one at the Municipal level. in my view, Ian Paton is a candidate that deserves to be an unemployed politician.
Letter sent to all candidates (by email)
I had asked a question in a previous email on the 22nd, about your position on GMO and if you were willing to work towards Delta joining up with many other BC Municipalities and districts in declaring it GMO free.
I got clear answer from some, and no response from others.
Three candidates responded without reservation about the need for Delta to go GMO free and then hopefully to work along with other municipalities, with UBCM and FCM to push back at the GMO/pesticide cartel at the federal and provincial level. These three are Heather King, Nicholas Wong and Lori Mayhew. They get my vote. If they can be committed to push back at untested and potentially harmful GMO and definitely harmful pesticides that go with it and are willing to face the might and the wrath of the corporatocracy, they can solve other problem Delta would also face, in my view. I bonded with Nicholas Wong immediately, because we have a common friend both of us respect enormously – Harold Steves of Richmond council that spearheaded the movement there for going GMO free. I also bonded with Heather King because of her forthright manner and clear cut answer, without the usual political talent of remaining vague, slippery and obfuscating.
Sylvia Bishop did not respond in writing, but she called up. She is half way between pro-gm and anti-mo in my view. She would like to set up a lab so that Canadians can finally test their blood urine and food for presence of Glyphosate (the active ingredient in Monsanto’s RoundUp herbicide), something that all other parts of the world offers to their citizens, but Canada does not. But, other than that, she would like to follow Vancouver and spend time raising awareness, but will not fight to get Delta to be GMO free. For that reason, she does not get my vote at this moment, though I feel a bit sorry for her. She did try to answer my question on phone, and promised to catch up on the subject by reading on it. But, my loyalty lies first and foremost to Canadian people, the land, the water, and the food. Thus, regretfully, I shall not vote for Sylvia as of now.
Then, attending the candidate meeting in Ladner in the evening of 23rd, I got to hear the them all, and also field questions.
Ian Paton most definitely does not get my vote. I explained it on my blog, and will elaborate more in due course.
Most Canadians do not even know that a single woman in India has taken the Govt of India (not Monsanto) to the supreme court on account of releasing potentially dangerous and untested (by any independent authority) GMO product (cotton) to India and she has a better than even chance of winning, and that the supreme court is getting ready to tell the Govt of India to consider a total moratorium on even controlled field testing of GMO till such time india sets up independent biotech labs (one that cannot be influenced either by the industry or by the Govt) to verify safety of the GM crops. I know because I know the woman personally (Ms Aruna Rodrigues) that is suing Govt of India in Supreme court and have uploaded an audio podcast of her speaking with me, on my blog in the past. That is India, home to the ohh-so-hungry-and-malnourished-brown-children-that-are-dying-to-eat-Canadian-grown-GMO-food.
My thanks to you all for responding to my question, and not responding. My blog will eventually show a table with names of people that did or did not respond, and what I fathomed from their responses.
I shall do my duty, as a citizen. I hope that you all will do yours, as a politician.
General Link : www.tonu.org
PS – those that get my vote, I am willing to walk with them canvassing, knocking on doors, a few hours a day for a few days… to get to know them and to show my support, before I shoot off to Ontario and Quebec. If interested, please let me know by email or phone (604-649 7535).
This letter – being written as part of my citizen’s duty towards social service and awareness raising – will be shared with the public in one form or another, along with any response that I might receive.
This is my preliminary update. I shall fill this out more in the next few days.
Watch this space.