Ninjas not threatening

Dear editor,

Dear editor,

Don McRae and his supporters recently ran an ad that implies that the recall campaign is somehow “intimidation.”

I attended a meeting of volunteers preparing for the recall of Don McRae and find it hard to believe that anyone would find this group threatening.

Determined, certainly. Energetic for sure. But threatening, hardly.

I would estimate the average age of those attending to be 55 or more — including myself. One gent told me he “always” voted Liberal, although I doubt the BC Liberal party existed back when he started voting.

He will not be voting Liberal again, however. He made that abundantly clear. It was certainly not an all-NDP crowd.

The purpose of the meeting was to ensure that the recall petition is properly handled within the rules of Elections BC. Important information such as what not to say when speaking to a voter.

For example, we are not to say or imply that by signing this recall the voter can expect the HST to be repealed. We can say that the purpose of the recall is to pressure the government to move up the HST referendum date or repeal the HST.

We were also told that in Oak Bay, the opposition to the petition assigned “observers” to tail the canvassers. Apparently these brave souls follow right up to the doorstep dressed in black.

The observers are allowed to follow canvassers but are not allowed to speak, so I figure I can introduce them as my ‘special’ nephews who think it’s Halloween, “give them some candy, it will cheer them up.”

So, to the voters of Comox Valley: If you see a couple of folks with name badges followed by a couple of ninjas approaching your door, don’t be afraid. We are only there to offer you the opportunity to show this and future governments that there are consequences to reckless and underhanded policies.

We are certainly not there to threaten or even convince you. Our purpose is to make the process easier for you either way.

Bruce McAra,

Cumberland

Just Posted

Portables arrive for students on Hornby Island

Five portable classrooms have officially arrived on Hornby Island this week in… Continue reading

Cumberland multi-use development given the go-ahead despite parking concerns

Rideout Construction will pay $91,200 in lieu of 24 parking stalls

Union Bay police standoff ends peacefully

A police standoff in Union Bay was resolved peacefully Monday evening. According… Continue reading

First North Island College Artist Talk Series of 2019 features Barb Hunt

Internationally renown Canadian artist speaks at Stan Hagen Theatre

Frustrated Mariner Apartments residents find few answers in community meeting

Tensions were high Monday evening for frustrated renters of Mariner Apartments in… Continue reading

VIDEO: Car flies across median, flips over edge of B.C. overpass

Dash cam footage shows vehicle speeding across Brunette Avenue overpass in Coquitlam

Bob Castle’s Under The Glacier cartoon for Jan. 15, 2019

Bob Castle’s Under The Glacier cartoon for Jan. 15, 2019… Continue reading

Second fatal crash occurs in Alberni Valley

Traffic on Highway 4 is being re-routed as investigators are en route

Indigenous energy summit includes session on pipeline ownership options

Steven Saddleback of the Indian Resource Council says a session will feature presentations on financing models

Japanese grand champion Kisenosato retires from sumo

The 32-year-old Kisenosato was the first Japanese-born wrestler in 19 years to gain promotion to sumo’s highest rank

UPDATE: Accused B.C. high school killer found fit to stand trial

Gabriel Klein is accused in the 2016 stabbing death of Letisha Reimer at Abbotsford Senior Secondary

Right-wing, neo-Nazi, white supremacist groups an increasing concern: Goodale

Ten people died in April 2018 when Alek Minassian allegedly drove a rental van down the busy stretch in Toronto

Canadian stock exchanges to conduct lottery for ‘POT’ ticker amid high demand

The symbol became available after fertilizer Potash Corp. officially merged with Agrium Inc. in early 2018

VIDEO: Mattress fire at Cowichan Hospital under investigation

The Cowichan District Hospital was locked down on Tuesday afternoon due to… Continue reading

Most Read