Two candidates with close ties to the building trades

Monday, April 29, 2013

Many people in the building trades and their friends and supporters are working hard on election campaigns throughout the province. Two candidates have close ties to the BC Building Trades Council.

Andrew Mercier, a member of Teamsters Local 213, is the NDP candidate in Langley. Mercier is challenging incumbent MLA Mary Polak and running against Conservative Party leader John Cummins.

“We have been knocking on a lot of doors these past few months,” Mercier said, “and I am happy to report that a lot of people want a change in the government.”

But he said he’s very frustrated when he hears people saying they are not planning to vote. “I am hearing that almost as often as people saying they want change. “People aren’t voting because they understand what the problems are and they don’t trust the government to fix them.”

The HST issue “caused a profound loss of faith with government,” he said, “and the only way we can restore that faith is to actually follow through on our actions. “This current government is completely out of gas and have stopped asking themselves the political questions. They don’t care if it is fair or just, they just care what the polls say. And the credibility gap they are suffering right now, isn’t something $15 million in government advertising is going to fix. We need a government that listens to people and is responsible,” he said.

Shane Dyson, running in the riding next door (Fort Langley-Aldergrove), is a co-owner with his wife Leslie, of Face to Face Communications. He has been assisting the BC Building Trades and several affiliates with their communications for 16 years.

Dyson is running against Liberal Deputy Premier Rich Coleman. “People here notice more and more that decisions are being made in Victoria by a select few without any consultation with the people affected by those decisions,” he said. “The common theme I’m hearing is that people just want to be part of the conversation.

“I have been meeting with people from many different groups—farmers, faith groups, the Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club—people we don’t usually talk to and I’m asking them how an MLA can address their concerns…They all seem to have many of the same issues that labour, environmentalists and social justice advocates have. They all tell me, ‘We’re not being listened to.’”

Dyson said the priorities of the next government must be investing in trades training and post-secondary education. “There also needs to be a more balanced Labour Code,” he said. “The Labour Code is sort of like a Bill of Rights for workers. For the last 10 years it has been weighted in the other direction.”

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