Writ dropped, the race is on

It's official.

The provincial government dropped the writ April 16, paving the way for a provincial election on May 14.

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Anyone interested in running in the provincial general election must file nomination papers by 1 p.m. on Friday, April 26.

Chamber hosts meeting

The New Westminster Chamber of Commerce is holding an all-candidates meeting on Wednesday, May 1.

The meeting will take place at Inn at the Quay. Doors open at 6: 30 p.m. and a moderator will get things started at 7 p.m.

Cori Lynn Germiquet, the chamber's executive director, said the chamber will pose some business-related questions to the candidates. Questions will cover topics such as the economy, debt, balanced budgets, spending, climate change, skills, transportation and the municipal agenda.

"We will also be asking for questions from the audience in a written format," she said. "We will also have an opportunity for some microphone questions."

Terry Teather (B.C. Green Party), Paul Forseth (B.C. Conservatives), Judy Darcy (B.C. NDP) and Hector Bremner (B.C. Liberals) have all confirmed their attendance at the event.

Two other all-candidates meetings are scheduled in New Westminster during the provincial election campaign.

The Queen's Park Residents Association will be hosting one on Sunday, April 28 at 2 p.m. at Centennial Lodge in Queen's Park.

The district parent advisory council will be holding another with a focus on education on Thursday, April 25 in the library at New Westminster Secondary School.

MEET AND GRILL

A referee will be getting in on action at an upcoming all-candidates event.

Tenth to the Fraser, NEXT New West and New Westminster Environmental Partners are organizing an all-candidates walk for Saturday, May 4. The event is intended to be an inviting, social and fun event - and give people a chance to meet, greet and get to know the candidates who are running in New Westminster in the May 14 provincial election.

New Westminster residents are invited to meet in Sapperton Park at the corner of East Columbia Street and Sherbrooke Street at 5: 30 p.m. on Saturday, May 4.

"The four candidates will be introduced, and the group will walk along Columbia Street and the Central Valley Greenway to Downtown New Westminster and the River Market - a distance of about 3.5 kilometres, so about an hour walking at a leisurely place," said a notice about the event on the Jane's Walks website detailing local walks. "Along the way, each of the candidates will be given an opportunity for their five minutes "on the soapbox" to address the crowd, but the emphasis will be on face-to-face and small group conversations during the walk.

Participants will be encouraged to chat with the candidates and ask their own questions. There will also be a few surprises along the way to encourage a meaningful dialogue."

City resident Patrick Johnstone will don a referee's jersey and "referee and emcee" the event.

Following the walk, participants and candidates will continue the conversation at a local pub.

tmcmanus@royalcityrecord.com

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