Candidates take advantage of advance polls

Prince George-Mackenzie NDP candidate Bobby Deepak, along with his family, cast his ballot for the May 9 election this morning. Bill Phillips photo
Prince George-Mackenzie NDP candidate Bobby Deepak, along with his family, cast his ballot for the May 9 election this morning. Bill Phillips photo

BY BILL PHILLIPS

bill@pgdailynews.ca

Prince George-Mackenzie NDP candidate Bobby Deepak urged everyone to get out and vote while taking advantage of the advance polls Saturday.

Deepak, flanked by his family, voted Saturday morning at the Christ Our Saviour Church Hall in the Hart.

“We have six days of advance polls before the May 9 election,” he said. “I encourage everybody to come out and vote. Sometimes you don’t have time to vote on May 9, so we have six extra days to vote.”

He wouldn’t speculate on his chances running up against incumbent Liberal Mike Morris and Green Party candidate Hilary Crowley.

“People are starting to make up their minds right now, I’ve done a lot of door knocking and I’m going to work all the way up to May 9,” he said.

BC NDP leader John Horgan campaigned in Prince George and obviously helped the local NDP candidates. Deepak said Horgan, who was criticized by the Liberals for not campaigning in Prince George earlier, has been in the city many times and said he might be back before the campaign is over.

“I think after 16 years, people want to see changes,” he said. “What we’ve seen is a government that’s connected to the wealthy and the well-connected and they’ve completely neglected everyday people.”

Prince George-Valemount Liberal candidate Shirley Bond and her husband Bill cast their ballots today as well, voting at the Elder Citizen’s Recreation Centre.

  • rigormortice

    Voting in the advance polls is for most intents and purposes a good idea, however people do run the risk of not being able to change their minds if something significant should arise during the last week of the election. As an example it came out late Friday that the Liberals are looking at making changes to the PST to make it more competitive with other jurisdictions, however in order to to this they will probably implement some sort of Value Added Tax. The VAT is nothing more than the HST, thinly disquised.

    Those people who voted early and who may be opposed to a VAT/HST tax will not get a chance to vote against it.