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高貴林市長對決 4華裔爭議席


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Chinese--Canada ; Local Elections
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Chinese--Canada ; Local Elections
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Chinese--Canada;Local Elections
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吳祥光 ; Wu, Xiangguang
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2005-11-16
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2005-11-16
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2005-11-16
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Chinese
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Article from: World Journal(世界日報)
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Title-Alternative:
The Duel of Coquitlam Mayors
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Keywords: Kingsbury, Jon ; Wilson, Maxine ; Woo Sims, Mary ; Tan, Ronnie ; Chiu, Daniel ; Yao, Anthony ; Coquitlam First ; Chiu Shu, Daniel ; Stewart, Richard ; Warren, Harry ; Thorne, Diane ; Sekora, Lou ; Trasolini, Joe ; Yu, Shiji ; Young, Scott
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British Columbia--Vancouver ; British Columbia--Coquitlam ; British Columbia--Port Coquitlam ; British Columbia--Port Moody
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British Columbia--Vancouver;British Columbia--Coquitlam;British Columbia--Port Coquitlam;British Columbia--Port Moody
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高貴林市長對決 4華裔爭議席 位於溫哥華東郊的高貴林、高貴林港、滿地寶三市地緣毗鄰,居民往來密切,合稱三聯市。本屆市選高貴林市長競爭激烈,全區共有四名華裔投入市議員選舉,可望引起更多華裔市民關注地方公共事務。 (本報記者吳祥光) 高貴林是三聯市人口最多、發展較迅速的一個城市,本屆市選最引人注目的焦點,咸信是現任市長甘百里和挑戰者梅可欣對決,以及重商發展或限制成長,兩種不同城市管理策略之爭。從華人角度來看,僅高貴林一市,就有沈明麗、陳春財、招樹榮三人角逐市議員,另外姚載信在高貴林港參選進軍市議會。今年三聯市地區共有四名華裔投入選戰,華人參政風潮再現。 邁入競選倒數階段高貴林市長選情己趨白熱化,尋求繼續連任的甘百里(Jon Kingsbury ),選前組成一個名爲「高貴林優先」(Coquitlam First) 的競選團隊,網羅華裔招樹榮、前卑詩省議員司徒禮(Richard Stewart )等六名市議員候選人,希望在選舉中取得佳績, 重新掌控市府決策權力。 甘百里面對强勁對手 甘百里在選戰中主打政績牌,強調執政七年來市府財稅管理穩健、地方建設和投資發展著有績效。甘百里指出,面對高貴林市華人移民及各族裔人口快速成長,市政服務需求曰增的趨勢,市民應選擇一個有經驗的市政首長繼續主政。 挑戰者梅可欣(Maxine Wilson)主張,城市發展不宜擴張太快,須兼顧平衡開發原則。梅可欣歷任學區學校局主席、市議員公職,問政詞鋒犀利, 再加上高貴林市公共雇員工會已決定支持梅可欣,對甘百里選情造成一定程度的壓力。 在交通建設方面,梅可欣反對擴建曼港大橋,甘百里贊成輕鐵線儘速延伸至高貴林市中心區。此外,在治安、毒品、 公共服務、多元族裔融入社會等政策議題,甘、梅兩名市長候選人均各自提出不同政見, 互相較勁,盼吸引選民認同。 本屆高貴林市長選舉共有甘百里、梅可欣,及商界人士華倫(Harry Warren) 三人參選,由於甘、梅兩強棋逢敵手,市長選戰格外引人矚目。 高貴林議席之爭激烈 高貴林應選八席市議員,共有24人參選,當選機率爲三分之一。上屆選出的市議員之中,索恩(Diane Thorne ) 轉任省議員,梅可欣競選市長,另兩名資深議員退休,使得新人當選空間無形加大。 高貴林「老市長」薛國禮 (Lou Sekora)決定重返政壇獨立參選議員,受到廣泛注意。 高貴林市議員選情比往屆激烈,目前看來「人人有希望, 個個沒把握」。 現任四名獨立市議員雖占點優勢,但「高貴林優先」團隊繳出怎樣的一份競選成績單,應可視爲本屆選舉風向的重要指標。 滿地寳西線無戰事 三聯市三個城鎭當中,素以環境優美、藝術氣氛濃厚著稱的滿地寶市,本屆市選堪稱「西線險無戰事」。現任市長崔索里尼(Joe Trasolini ) 因無對手挑戰,自動當選連任。 兩名學委同額競選,也是一樣在無阻力情況下續任° 滿地寶議會應選六席,今年吸引十人應戰。一般而言選情平淡,參選人主要訴求仍以生活品質、交通、環保等議題爲軸線,未見競選交鋒火花。 高港市續有華裔出馬 高貴林港市應選市長一人、 市議員六名,及兩名學委。現任市長楊格(Scott Young )議事嫻熟、擅於公關,連任應無太大問題。市議員部份共有十二人角逐,其中包括主打實事求是、全心爲人民服務政見的華裔候選人姚載信。上屆曾參選學委失利的余世積,因健康狀況不佳,臨時退出選局。 【圖片】: 高貴林市長候選人甘百里。 【圖片】: 高貴林市長挑戰者梅可欣。 華裔候選人簡介 【圖片 沈明麗Mary Woo Sims】: 參選高貴林市議員,曾任卑詩人權公署專員,長期關注社區環境生態、街坊安全和就業平等機會。去年沈明麗在溫哥華京士威選區代表聯邦新民主黨競選國會議員未果。此次她首度角逐地方議席,盼望發展抱負回饋社區° 【圖片 陳春財Ronnie Tan】: 陳春財具會計師專業背景, 熟悉亞太地區商貿事務。16年前移民加國的他表示,首度參選高貴林市議員,希望選民認眞考慮選賢與能,選出一位耕耘社區,正視治安、靑少年罪案問題, 及關懷多元族裔權益的公僕。 【圖片 姚載信Anthony Yao】: 上屆參選失利,再接再厲競選高貴林港市議員。 姚載信指出,高貴林港市具獨特的城鄕風格,過去罕見少數族裔進入市府決策圏,他希望代表華人社區發言發聲。他的政綱包括:解決市區交通問題、 平衡發展地方建設和公共設施,和推展多元化商機。 【圖片 招樹榮Daniel Chiu】: 招樹榮以「高貴林優先」 新政團競選成員,再度角逐市議員。他表示,主要政見包括:打擊大麻和冰毒、爭取籌建靑年休閒中心、減免市立服務機構費用、歲以上老年人市區公共場合免費停車,以及重新規畫地目,允許建蓋小型廉價住屋。招樹榮曾於1999年市選,締創華人參選「零的突破」紀錄, 當選首位高市華裔議員。 English translation: The Duel of Coquitlam Mayors 4 Chinese Canadians Compete for the Seats Located in the eastern suburb of Vancouver, the three cities of Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody are adjacent to each other, and their residents interact closely with each other. They are collectively known as Tri-Cities. The competition for the position of mayor in the municipal election is fierce this year. Four Chinese Canadians in the district are running for the councillor’s election, which is expected to get more Chinese Canadian citizens to pay attention to local public affairs. (Reported by Wu Xiangguang) Coquitlam is one of the most populous and fastest-growing cities in the Tri-Cities. It is believed that the most eye-catching event of this year's election is the contest between the current mayor, Jon Kingsbury, and the challenger, Maxine Wilson, as well as the controversy between two different urban management strategies – to pay attention to commercial development or to restrict growth. From the perspective of Chinese Canadians, in the city of Coquitlam alone, there are Mary Woo Sims, Ronnie Tan, and Daniel Chiu competing for the councillors. In addition, Anthony Yao is running for the city council’s election in Port Coquitlam. Four Chinese Canadians are running for the election in the Tri-Cities area this year, and the trend of Chinese Canadians’ political participation has gone up. It is the countdown of the campaign, and the Coquitlam mayoral election is reaching fever pitch. Jon Kingsbury, who is seeking re-election, formed a campaign team called “Coquitlam First” before the election. This team recruited six candidates for councilor, including Daniel Chiu Shu and Richard Stewart (a former Member of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia), hoping to achieve good results in the election and regain control of the decision-making power of the government. Jon Kingsbury is Facing a Strong Opponent Jon Kingsbury’s primary emphasis in the election campaign is his political performance, emphasizing that the municipal government’s fiscal and taxation management is stable, and that local construction and investment development have had a good performance in the past seven years. Kingsbury pointed out that in the face of the rapid increase of Chinese immigrants and various ethnic populations, and the increasing demand for municipal services in the city of Coquitlam, citizens should choose an experienced municipal director to continue to govern. The challenger, Maxine Wilson, advocates that urban development should not be too fast, and the principle of balanced development must be taken into account. Having served as a chairman of the school district and as a councillor, Maxine uses sharp words to talk about politics. What’s more, the Coquitlam CUPE has decided to support Maxine, which has caused a certain degree of pressure on Kingsbury’s election campaign. In terms of transportation construction, Maxine opposed the expansion of the Port Mann Bridge, and Kingsbury agreed with extending the light rail line to the downtown area of Coquitlam as soon as possible. In addition, for the policy issues of public security, drugs, public services, and multi-ethnic integration, the two mayoral candidates proposed different political ideas and competed with each other in the hope of attracting voters' approval. This year the Coquitlam mayoral election has three candidates: Jon Kingsbury, Maxine Wilson, and the businessman, Harry Warren. The election is particularly eye-catching because Kingsbury and Maxine are well-matched. The Competition over the Seats in Coquitlam Is Fierce Coquitlam will elect eight councillors from 24 candidates, and the probability of being elected is one in three. Among the councillors from the last election, Diane Thorne was transferred to the provincial representatives, Maxine Wilson is running for mayor, and two other senior councillors retired, increasing the space for new candidates to be elected. Lou Sekora, the "old mayor" of Coquitlam, has received wide attention for his decision to return to politics as an independent to run for councillor. The election of members of the Coquitlam City Council is more intense than that of the past. At present, it seems that "everyone has hope, and no one has assurance of success." Although the current four independent councillors have some advantages, the campaign result that the "Coquitlam First" team will achieve should be regarded as an important indicator of the election trend. Port Moody: All Quiet on the Western Front Among the three cities of the Tri-Cities, the city of Port Moody is known for its beautiful environment and strong artistic atmosphere. The municipal election of Port Moody can be called “all quiet on the western front”. The current mayor, Joe Trasolini, was automatically re-elected because there were no challengers. The two school trustees were running for a single candidate election and were also re-elected without resistance. Ten candidates competed for six seats in Port Moody. Generally speaking, the election is dull. The main appeals of the candidates are still based on the issues of quality of life, transportation, environmental protection, and so on. There is no spark of confrontation. Port Coquitlam Continues to Have Chinese Canadians Candidates The city of Port Coquitlam will most likely elect one mayor, six councillors, and two school trustees. The current mayor, Scott Young, is adept at discussing official business and good at public relations. There should be no major problems for his re-election. There are twelve candidates competing for the councilor positions, including Anthony Yao, a Chinese Canadian candidate who advocates seeking truth from facts and serving the people wholeheartedly. Yu Shiji, who lost the last election, temporarily withdrew from the election because of his poor health. [Photo]: Coquitlam mayor candidate Jon Kingsbury. [Photo]: Coquitlam mayor challenger Maxine Wilson. Profiles of Chinese Canadian Candidates [Photo Mary Woo Sims]: A candidate for the position of councillor of Coquitlam, she is a former commissioner of the British Columbia Human Rights Commission. She has long been concerned about community environmental ecology, neighbourhood security and equal employment opportunities. Last year, Mary Woo Sims failed to run for Member of Parliament representing the New Democratic Party in Vancouver Kingsway. This is the first time she has competed in the local seats, and hopes to develop goals to give back to the community. [Photo Ronnie Tan]: Ronnie Tan has a professional background in accounting and is familiar with business affairs in the Asia Pacific region. He immigrated to Canada 16 years ago. He said that this is the first time he has run for the election of the Coquitlam City Council. He hopes that voters would consider selecting people with talents and abilities and elect a public servant who cultivates the community, faces up to the problems of public security, juvenile crimes, and who cares for the right of multi-ethnic groups. [Photo Anthony Yao]: He lost the last election and continued to run for the councillor of Port Coquitlam. Anthony Yao pointed out that the city of Port Coquitlam has a unique urban and rural style. In the past, ethnic minorities were rarely involved in municipal decision-making. He hopes to speak on behalf of the Chinese community. His political platform includes: solving urban traffic problems, balancing out the development of local construction and public facilities, and promoting diversified business opportunities. [Photo Daniel Chiu]: Daniel Chiu is running for the councillor election again as a member of the new political party "Coquitlam First". He said that their main political views include: cracking down on marijuana and methamphetamine, trying to build a leisure center for young people, reducing the cost of municipal service agencies, free parking in urban public places for elders over the age of [missing], and redesigning the land to allow for the construction of small-scale, low-cost housing. Daniel Chiu was elected as the first ethnic Chinese councillor of Coquitlam in 1999, creating the "zero breakthrough" record for ethnic Chinese candidates.