Extremist candidates run for municipal elections in British Columbia

Major political leaders, unions and anti-racism activists are concerned about the slate of candidates in British Columbia’s upcoming municipal elections, which includes candidates who pursue far-right politics widely described as “extremist”.

last week british columbia federation of municipalities conferenceseveral elected mayors and council members told GNT News they are increasingly concerned about anti-vaccine, anti-SOGI and pro-liberty candidates vying for positions in local government, with the purported aim of promoting those agendas.

But the sources, who have not spoken publicly on the matter, worry that the overall goal may simply be to disrupt the democratic system, which is already witnessing harassment and intimidation of politicians of all stripes in an increasingly toxic and polarized political environment.

Many aspiring municipal politicians are former candidates of the Canadian People’s Party, while others are pro-party or share similar views.

Some of them appear to have been galvanized when PPC leader Maxime Bernier in Sooke, British Columbia, was speaking to his supporters in mid-August. At the time, he urged them to “get involved at the municipal level, at the school board level” because he believed “the radical left is everywhere and we have to take their place.”

The same age? Or galvanized Balhawara?

Hamish Telford, a professor of political science at Fraser Valley University, noted that B.C. β€œalways have marginal candidates, marginal candidates, or extreme candidates,” in part because only 25 signatures and a $100 deposit are required.

But the Executive Vice President of the Public Employees Federation of British Columbia believes that this time is different in the wake of the social networks and bonds formed between supporters of the “Freedom Caravan”, as well as those who attended the anti-vaccine and anti-mandate rallies. .

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“We’re seeing this more widespread, more funded and more regulated,” said James Kokola, who believes that opaque policies and statements on some candidate websites may mislead voters.

β€œIt doesn’t take a lot of people with a truly harmful ideology to hide in their name What they really representand elected. And then they can do a lot of damage.”

Removal of protection and education about a locally accredited SOGI program in schools is a major rallying point at the school board level, while municipal governments are seen as having an impact on public health mandates, which are in fact a regional jurisdiction.

Subsequent elections

On Thursday, the Canadian Anti-Hate Network Posted a piece Titled “The New Vancouver Island Organization That Brings Candidates With Far-Right Politics To School Board Elections,” it linked the candidates with intolerant viewpoints.

β€œYou really need to care about this local election, this school board election,” CAHN Education Facilitator Hazel Woodrow insisted.

“We select people who have the ability to create policy that directly determines health and social outcomes for some of the most vulnerable students in our communities.”

A group affiliated with trade unions calling themselves “”revealed the truthβ€œHe makes similar claims and tries to raise awareness about the issue, but Telford points out that it’s really up to people to do their homework and decide if they support what the candidates stand for.

“It’s really a case of ‘voter beware,’ he said. ‘Voters have to do the work to find out who these people are.”

The Prime Minister was asked about the issue at the UBCM conference and confirmed that he had heard the same concerns from mayors concerned about candidates with extremist or intolerant views to gain a foothold in decision-making.

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John Horgan said of the People’s Party and their supporters.

“When they raise their hand and say, ‘Vote for us, we’re angry at everything,’ and they get annihilated, and that gives me hope that communities and people focus more on positive outcomes, not just anger.”

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