To all of our supporters and followers,
Well, after all that it’s still not over! For those of our NDP team that are still in the fray – my thoughts are with you. One thing is abundantly clear; the majority of British Columbians want change.
I want to say a personal thank you to all our volunteers, staff, members, and the general public who supported our campaign. We had an amazing team and everyone’s dedication and passion helped us run a comprehensive, clean, and error free ground game. I am proud of everyone. Thank you so much for your continued support. I also owe a sincere thank you to all of our donors. Many individuals put forward their own money to help support us in our efforts. Thank you! While we fight for a win at all costs it is also important to celebrate our accomplishments – especially for those who volunteered their finances, time, food, energy, and diverse skills and abilities.
When we started this campaign I had two goals – one, to support our democratic movement and fight for change in this province – and two, to ensure that wildlife and the environment was not lost in the election as the debates and arguments heated up. As a team we accomplished these goals and made election history this year. The grizzly bear hunt became a topic no political party could ignore, a significant issue that our party championed. My friends, we are the first campaign and political party to include wildlife on our election signs. We owe a huge thank you to the executive staff at the NDP provincial party headquarters for allowing us to try something new, for helping us keep the grizzly bear trophy hunt at the forefront of the election. It is for this reason that I do not view our campaign as a loss but rather as a success – a huge success. Our signs generated name and issue branding that still holds today. They engaged our community, resulted in mainstream media articles, and helped us connect with local community members at the door. We did what no one else has ever done but the fight is not over.
The fate of this province is still a little unknown, however, I ask that all my supporters and donors stay with us over the next few weeks and help me ensure that the grizzly bear trophy hunt remains a top priority for whatever political situation unfolds. We must ensure our bears are not forgotten in the smoke and rubble of this political battle.
I remain dedicated to our cause and to our environment. I will be taking this next week to sort out my personal life and then I will be right back ensuring that I am actively advocating for the species of this province that have no voice – our amazing and wonderful wildlife.
I have a debt of gratitude to UNIFOR, BCGEU, CUPE, IEBW, HEU, and Move Up. Wow! The working women and men of our island communities came out strong and without your help we would not be where we are today.
Thank you everyone and I will touch base with you all soon. This is not the end, but rather, the beginning of something new.