New Green candidate Bryce will be back  

First foray into politics encourages rookie 




Sitting in the Bull 'n' Raven on election night as the results start to trickle in, Abbotsford-South Green party candidate Daniel Bryce sips on his drink. It is his first run at politics and the anticipation doesn't faze him. 

"I feel like I would during an exam at school, but I love exams," said the 27-year-old rookie candidate. 

He had planned on waiting until he was 30 years old to run for political office, but when the Green Party called, it was an opportunity he couldn't pass up. 

"My education has been in preparation for this," said Bryce. "I jumped into it a little earlier than I intended though." 

The process allowed him to get to know his fellow Green candidates, Abbotsford West candidate Karen Durant and Abbotsford-Mission riding representative Bill Walsh. 

"We got together in meetings to talk about what actually is Green Party policy," said Bryce. "They have experience running in past elections, so they told me what to expect." 

With their help and from interacting with the other candidates in his riding, Bryce said the debates became less daunting. He was, however, disappointed by the lack of turnout at the candidate debates. 

At the Chamber of Commerce all-candidates forum in Abbotsford, Bryce said many of the people he had talked to on the campaign trail said he was their No. 2 choice. 

"It means that people identify with what I have to say" he explained.

Their comments made Bryce hopeful for the Single Transferable Vote, which he said would allow more diversity of opinion in the political process. 

When the dust had settled last Tuesday night, Bryce ended up with 1,193 votes (7.58 per cent), coming in third behind NDP candidate Bonnie Rai (3,874 votes) and the eventual winner, returning MLA John van Dongen (9,513 votes). Walsh, after he had found out that Liberal MLA Randy Hawes had beat him out in the newly created Abbotsford-Mission riding, said he was hopeful for the future for the Green Party. "We'll get there one day, maybe not today, but someday," said Walsh. 

Bryce said his philosophy for getting the Green Party views out there is simple. He wants to continue to engage with Green Party policy and represent the party again in the future. "If you know the material there is nothing terrifying about it," he said. "You may not be able to answer the questions the way they want, but you won't have to look through the book." 


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Bike lanes don't go where most need to 

travel in this community 







Car lanes cost taxpayers many times more than bike lanes ever will. Yet, the 

associated costs of building roads for automobiles will be a millstone around our 

neck long after they have outlived their usefulness. 

However, on another point, I do agree with critics that the use of the local lanes is 

minimal and the routes are not in optimal locations. 

I ride my bike a few times every week, unfortunately, less than half of those trips 

can be made in the bike lanes because they do not lead to where I am going. 

There are no north-south lanes and the bike lanes are usually on residential 

routes leading to recreational points (like parks). 

If anything, bike lanes should be located on more useful "commercial" routes, but 

I understand that people love the status quo and are slow to move forward on 

progressive ideas. 


Daniel Bryce, 



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Rai looks like the 'hypocrite' in speeding 

ticket scandal 









As I read the article Oops: Rai has ticket collection, too in Friday's Times, I 

was appalled by Bonnie Rai's comments made regarding the Abbotsford Police. 

She said that, "[Abbotsford] cops do not have [a responsibility to follow moral 


It's ironic how Rai is criticizing John van Dongen for his actions in the past, 

but justifying hers by saying she "made a mistake in the early 20s." If she is 

admitting the fact that she made a mistake in her early 20s, why is she then 

trashing our police department? The cops are just doing their job, and they 

should not become part of a political charade. 

Rai, like her fellow NDPers, love pointing out what others have done 

"wrong," yet when it comes to them, all their actions are acceptable. Or rather, 

how about putting the blame on others? 

In addition, the NDP fails to provide a clear party platform for these 

elections. As I read the party platforms for the candidates on elections.bc.ca, I 

was disappointed that the NDP only stated the flaws of the Gordon Campbell 

government and did not say anything about the future plans they have for the 

province. It seems as if the NDP has forgotten about its own history and how 

their previous premier was forced to resign due an exposed scandal, costing the 

NDP their government. 

I also want to congratulate Daniel Bryce of the Green Party who spoke 

about what his party would focus on rather than blaming others. Furthermore, he 

even emphasized how all parties should work together. Perhaps Rai should learn 

from him. Working together with those in the community would yield more 

positive things rather than antagonizing those who are just doing their job. 

Ms. Rai, that policeman you called a "liar" was just doing his job. Too bad 

he didn't know back then that one day you would run as a candidate for NDP! 


Navi Garcha, 



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Bryce plays nice, Rai rebukes van Dongen 




The Abbotsford South all-candidates' debate on Tuesday had two memorable 

aspects, the performance of Green Party candidate Daniel Bryce and the closing 

comments of NDP candidate Bonnie Rai. 

Rai, who entered the local election scene last fall in a bid to unseat federal 

Conservative MP Ed Fast, called into question the character of Liberal incumbent 

John van Dongen, who resigned from the Solicitor General post earlier this week 

after he admitted that he had to give up his driver's licence for multiple speeding 


Bryce, rather than just reading his party's platform, seemed engaged with the 

material and sounded generally encouraged by the ideas of the Green Party. He 

even handed out kudos to Rai, van Dongen (along with Liberal and NDP policies) 

and Independent candidate Tim Felger. 

In his opening speech, Bryce used the analogy of "the three-legged stool," to 

point out how the Green Party, Liberals and NDP all could serve a vital role in the 

Canadian democratic process. 

Near the end of the debate, he said his main goal was to get people to vote for 

the Single Transferable Vote process, but added some people have said he's on 

their radar. 

"A lot of people have said I am their second choice," said Bryce. 

Van Dongen put the issue of resignation from the SG post on the table at the 


"I fully recognize the importance of the public safety programs that we have and 

the importance of compliance with the law," he said. "I want to apologize to all of 

you and the families of victims of serious accidents for the actions that required 

me to resign from that position." 

Being the long-serving politician, van Dongen was able to transition from the 

apology to an explanation of his achievements as MLA for what was formerly the 

Abbotsford-Clayburn riding. 

Like fellow Liberal candidate Mike de Jong in the Abbotsford West debate, van 

Dongen spoke about the new Abbotsford Hospital and Cancer Centre and 

government money for the McCallum Interchange, among other projects. 

Rai, who talked about the NDP's commitment to raising the minimum raise and 

social programs, took a shot at van Dongen at the end of the night. 

"You have the challenge to also elect somebody that your kids and your 

grandkids can be totally proud of. What kind of message do we send to our 

children when we send MLAs with certain records?" said Rai in her closing 

statement. "Let me tell you, I don't break the law, I don't break the law." 

Felger, who has run for office for all three levels of government a total of 12 

times, spoke about how drug prohibition is causing gang violence. 




Daniel Bryce (Green) 

Gurcharan Dhaliwal (Conservative) 

Tim Felger (Independent) 

Bonnie Rai (NDP) 

John van Dongen (Liberal) 



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How you voted here 








(* Unofficial) 


(120 of 120 ballot boxes) 

Randy Hawes (Lib): 9,771 

Lynn Perrin (NDP): 5,343 

Bill Walsh (Green): 1,467 



(122 of 122 ballot boxes) 

John van Dongen (Lib): 9,513 

Bonnie Rai (NDP): 3,874 

Daniel Bryce (Green): 1,193 

Gurcharan Dhaliwal : 959 

Tim Felger (Ind): 196 



(114 of 114 ballot boxes) 

Michael de Jong (Lib): 8,692 

Taranjit Purewal (NDP): 4,871 

Dalbir Benipal : 991 

Karen Durant (Green): 897 


* Election results will be made official on May 25 after a final count. 


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