Bond and Morris Open Campaign Office
Prince George, B.C. – When it comes to election preparation, BC Liberals in Prince George have hit the ground running.
Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris and neighbouring Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond have opened a joint campaign office on Westwood Drive (next to Carl’s Jr).
“We want to make sure that we’re open and accessible to the public and I’m curious to hear the public’s thoughts on the upcoming election,” says Morris. “So, no better way than to let everybody know where we are and hopefully I’ll be down there most Saturday mornings in a couple of weeks right to the election.”
Both MLAs shared a campaign office on Victoria Street the last election though he acknowledges they’ve opened much earlier this time around.
“We always start at about this time as far as the campaign goes but this time we’ve got our office open probably six weeks or a couple months ahead of time which is a good thing. We’ve got a great spot here and I just want to hear what the folks have to say.”
Morris says the plan is to have the 7,600 plus square foot office open full-time daily within a few weeks but notes they’ve opted for a soft start for the time being.
Once the campaign gets rolling, he figures one issue will trump all in his riding.
“In our riding people just want to be assured that the jobs are out there. The softwood lumber issue has been a bone of contention and of course we’re a forestry community among other things,” says Morris.
“So, I think that’s top of mind for people and they probably want some reassurance that we’re doing things in the right direction.”
Morris adds he’s got an army of volunteers behind him.
“I’ve got a great campaign team. They’ve been with me since the last election and of course a lot of them are carry overs from Pat Bell,” he says.
“We’ve also got a great team of volunteers out there ready to hit the roads for us and knock on doors and telephone and do everything we need to do to identify who our voters are.”
Though he won the riding in 2013 by over 20 per cent of the vote, he’s not taking re-election for granted.
“I don’t want to be over confident but I do think I have a broad base of support in my riding and I try to make sure I listen to everybody within the riding. So hopefully that’s the case. We’ll see come election day.”
Is he surprised the New Democrats, who placed second in both ridings in 2013, don’t even have their candidates in place yet?
“You know there’s a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes too, so I don’t know what they’re doing. I’m a little surprised that we haven’t heard who might be up and running or the other parties but it’s still not unusual to hear.”
Election day in B.C. is set for May 9, 2017.