Richmond-Queensborough: Candidate profiles

Name: Jas Johal

Party: BC Liberal

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Occupation: Currently seeking re-election as the MLA for Richmond-Queensborough

Where do you live?

Tsawwassen

Bio: Jas Johal was elected MLA for the new riding of Richmond-Queensborough in 2017. Since being elected, he served as critic ​for ​Economic Development, Competitiveness, Trade, & Technology​, ICBC and Jobs, Trades and Technology. As an award winning journalist, he has spent over 23 years extensively covering news locally and globally. Jas has served as Global’s Asia bureau chief based in Beijing, and previously in New Delhi. He has reported extensively on Asia’s rise, focussing on economic and foreign policy, energy, food, and water security, as well as labour and human rights. Prior to entering public service, Jas was Director of Communications for the BC LNG Alliance. He and his wife Seera have one son, Ishaan.

Top priorities for Richmond:

Fast-tracking the George Massey Tunnel and Richmond Hospital Acute Tower replacements;

Increasing food security and growing Richmond-Queensborough jobs through innovations in agri-tech;

Eliminating the PST in year one followed by three per cent in year two to support families and small businesses

Cut taxes, so more money stays in your pocket.

Past outstanding achievement:

Championing the move to ride-hailing as part of a regional transportation plan. Advocating the elimination of the birth tourism industry in Richmond.

 

Name: Aman Singh

Party: BC NDP

Occupation: Lawyer

Where do you live?

Richmond

Bio:  I am the father of a one year old and practicing human and civil rights lawyer. I have been passionate about social and environmental justice from an early age. I was born in India, raised in Hong Kong, and before moving to east Richmond, studied at Berkeley and the University of Victoria. 

 

Priorities for Richmond:

1) Bring better health care services closer to home with the new Richmond Hospital tower.

2) Continue the BC NDP’s investments in education

3) Keep investing in affordable child-care

Past outstanding achievement:

 I’m sure there’s a lot of accomplishments I could cite in my work as a human rights lawyer and as an activist.

However, I feel a particular pride when I think of those I continue to work and fight alongside in the recovery community.

I am a recovered alcoholic and just celebrated 10 years of sobriety. Themes of care and respect towards every individual in society, from a place of humility and deep felt humanity, resonate strongly with me.

We as a community are stronger when those who need help most can feel supported and respected. We all have something we can offer each other.

 

 

Name: Kay Hale

Party: Conservative Party of BC

Occupation: Realtor

Where do you live?

Richmond

Bio: I have lived in Richmond, for over 35 wonderful years. l was born in Hong Kong to a military family. My father fought in WWII and was held as a POW in Hong Kong during the Japanese Occupation. We grew up in humble times where we learnt to “appreciate and respect.” My husband was also a war veteran, our children and grandchildren are bestowed the same value I grew up with during humble times.

I speak English, Chinese, Hindi, Punjabi and some Mandarin. I achieved my MBA in London, U.K. For over 30 years, I have owned and operated an international executive management business with sub-branches in London, U.K., Hong Kong and Canada. Since 2007, with my international business experience and multilingual ability, I decided to take on the challenges of the real estate industry. 

Top priorities for Richmond:

Personally, I am a “pay-it-forward” type of a person. I will stop to help anyone in need of a helping hand, give guidance or help them navigate through trying times. It gives meaning to my existence, if I can make someone’s day brighter. I find the time to help out with the food bank, work on the sharing farm, etc., and for cold winter months I volunteer for Blanket Drive.

Past outstanding achievement:

For me, accomplishments as a non-elected official is making sure, for less fortunate families, there’s food on tables and a warm blanket for a good night sleep. I am a businessperson, a Conservative and a proud volunteer in the community.

 

 

Name: Earl Einarson

Party: BC Green Party

Occupation: Director of Indigenous Innovation and Development at First Nations Technology Council

Where do you live? Broadmoor/South Arm in Richmond-Queensborough

Bio: I am a proud status member of the Ktunaxa First Nation. I am the Director of Indigenous Innovation and Development at the First Nations Technology Council — a B.C.-based non-profit that delivers technology sector training for Indigenous peoples throughout B.C.

I am a graduate student in the Royal Roads Master’s in Learning and Technology.

Top priorities for Richmond:

I will work for the people of Richmond-Queensborough to ensure that we respect these lands as we rebuild from the pandemic.

Economic recovery can be responsible in its approach, and can be fully inclusive. No person should be left out of the advantages.

Improving families’ lives is important to me. I will support families by ensuring that families with young children are supported.

It’s easy to vote for a familiar name/party, but I believe if we really want to make a difference, we need to revisit each party’s platform. The Green Party is the most progressive with all issues.

Past outstanding achievement:

I’ve worked in Indigenous adult education for many years. I formerly worked as a student adviser at the Native Education College in Vancouver, and I was on the BCIT Aboriginal Advisory Board. I’m proud of the work that I’ve done for disadvantaged peoples of B.C.

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