Richmond North Centre: Candidate profiles

Name: Teresa Wat

Party: BC Liberal

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Occupation: Member of the Legislative Assembly, Richmond North Centre

Where do you live?

 Burnaby

Bio: I have served the people of Richmond as your MLA since 2013, and previously served as the Minister of International Trade and Minister Responsible for the Asia Pacific Strategy and Multiculturalism.

Prior to entering politics, I was news director at Channel M Television, news editor of Ming Pao Daily News, and the president and CEO of CHMB AM1320.

Prior to immigrating in1989, I worked in the communications industry in Hong Kong and Singapore.

Top priorities for Richmond:

Pandemic recovery: We need to support people in need during these times, as well as our economy. I am also supportive of cutting the PST to zero per cent for one year.

Renewing Richmond Hospital: The BC Liberals took action on a new acute care tower in 2016, and the NDP has sat on their hands for three years without a single dollar being allocated towards it. I will work to ensure the project gets built.

 Fixing the NDP insurance mess: From ICBC to strata insurance, we have seen unreasonable premium hikes making life unaffordable. I will fight for more competition and lower rates.

Past outstanding achievement:

Helping save Little Wings Daycare on Sea Island, which had lost their lease of nearly 30 years, putting 40 child care spaces at risk.

 

 

Name: Jaeden Dela Torre

Party: BC NDP

Occupation: Third-year political science student at KPU

Where do you live?

Richmond

Bio: Jaeden Dela Torre is running to be your BC NDP MLA in Richmond North Centre.

He is a passionate voice for our community and young people across British Columbia.

At 19, Jaeden already has a track record fighting for an inclusive Richmond.

 In 2018, Jaeden organized and participated in a youth “sleep out” in front of city hall in support of supportive housing in Richmond, and organized youth participation campaigns to encourage youth to vote in the 2018 Richmond civic election.

Jaeden was also one of the youngest candidates to run in last year’s federal election.

Top priorities for Richmond:

If elected, his top priorities are focused on fighting for the environment, reducing income inequality, housing affordability and supporting students trying to obtain a post-secondary education.

Past outstanding achievement:

He cites his greatest accomplishment as organizing a diverse coalition of support that helped lead to the Temporary Modular Housing (TMH) project being built and bringing forth many young people’s concerns during last year’s federal election, which, in turn, led to an increase of youth voters.

He knows that people need to be at the centre of B.C.’s recovery plan in light of COVID-19, and his passion for helping others is at the core of his politics.

 

 

Name: Vernon Wang

Party: BC Green Party

Occupation: Community advisor/marketer

Where you live: Surrey Fleetwood (but a loyal Richmond “resident” by heart)

Bio: Vernon was born and raised in Shanghai. He obtained a bachelor of science degree in applied human nutrition from Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax and then returned to Metro Vancouver.

After some health education practice, Vernon discovered there is a big problem in how we balance equity and social justice against private interests when it comes to the provision of basic health care and nutrition.

Therefore, he continued to seek a learning path in the Simon Fraser University (SFU) Master of Public Health program to find answers.

Since graduating from SFU, Vernon has been serving as a grassroots fundraiser and campaign activist to practice participatory democracy, ecological wisdom and sustainability education.

Last year, he was appointed as an advisory committee member in the City of Vancouver to continue his practice in respect for diversity, non-violence and social justice.

Top priorities for Richmond:

Vernon is running for the BC Greens in Richmond North Centre with these priorities: Richmond Hospital, Massey Tunnel, small business subsidy, free child care and a public school nutrition program.

Past outstanding achievement:

Vernon is proud of moving his steps from science (S) to society (S) to system (S). This 3S leap aligns with BC Greens’ value from science to society to system.

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