Canada’s Minister of State for Seniors and the Member of Parliament for Richmond Centre, Alice Wong, opened her campaign office Wednesday afternoon on Westminster Highway.
Wong, a member of the Conservative Party of Canada, told her supporters that the campaign will be a “very tight” race and that she could use all the support that they could give.
“I told them one of the secrets in my campaign is word of mouth,” she said.
Wong was asked by the Richmond News to comment on her priorities for the next session in Parliament, should she be re-elected.
Wong said Conservative values include low taxes and discouraging drug use.
When asked what constituents were telling her, so far this campaign, she said the economy and community safety were big issues.
She cited aircraft noise as an issue people have been speaking to her about on the local level.
Wong touted infrastructure projects as an important part of her party’s platform. She cited infrastructure funding for some Richmond parks, including the lawn bowling facility, and road improvements as things she has done for the community over her last term.
She said jobs and trades training are also a focus of her government.
Wong, the only incumbent in Richmond thanks to the new Steveston-Richmond East riding, is in charge of the seniors portfolio and has overseen a transition to push back the eligible age of Old Age Security from 65 to 67.
She introduced no bills in Parliament’s last session.