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Speak up about the issues that impact PEA members. Here are some talking points, facts and figures to use when discussing the upcoming election with your friends, family and colleagues.
We are asking each of you to meet your candidates to hear their positions on issues that you care about as a citizen and as a PEA member.
Meeting with your candidates provides an opportunity to:
Here are some basics to keep in mind to get the most out of these meetings.
Contact the candidates
Prepare for the meetings
At the meeting
Follow-up after the meeting.
In the upcoming election, there will be all-candidates forums or debates in your local area. These are great opportunities for you to publically pose your questions directly to the candidates running for office in your area.
These forums usually follow the same format, all the candidates will be introduced by the moderator and will be given a chance to give a short opening statement. The moderator will either then proceed to ask each candidate questions directly or he/she will read out questions that are submitted by the audience. In some cases, the moderator will call on the member of the audience to step up to the microphone and ask their question directly to the candidate(s).
When asking your question, it is advisable that you state your name, what you do for a living and the fact that you are a member of the PEA.
As part of your question, you may want to make a short statement first, followed by your question.
"My name is Karen Smith, I work as a Forestry Engineer in the Ministry of Forests and I am a member of the PEA. In a 2012 report, the Auditor General stated that the Ministry of Forests was doing a poor job of managing our forests and providing stewardship of our resources for future generations. If elected what policies would you support in order to manage our forest resources better?"
"My name is Bob Jones, I work as a physiotherapist for the Interior Health Authority and I am a member of the PEA. In my occupation we are seeing many physiotherapists leaving the BC public service in order to pursue opportunities in other provinces or in the private sector because the pay is better. Many public service postings are going unfilled. What would you do in order to reverse this trend and to protect our public health care system?
It is advisable to state your question, listen to the response without interrupting the candidate and then thank them for their answer. Try not to engage in an "argument" with the candidate or the moderator.
If you find a candidate that supports your issues, one of the best ways to make a lasting impression is to volunteer for their campaign. The candidate will view this as you not only being committed to your issues, but that you are willing to actually assist the candidate in getting elected in order for him/her to advocate on your behalf at the Legislature.
Campaigns can be exciting and a great opportunity to network with people who share your views and opinions.
Here are some of the volunteer positions that all campaigns need:
Voter Contact Person: These are usually people who work on the phone-bank. They work off a voters canvass list provided by the campaign. You phone the voter, inquire as to whom they are supporting and then record their answers on the canvass sheet. Sometimes the voter will ask questions about the candidates' positions on issues or will require more information. The recorded results of your canvass sheets are used on Election Day to help the campaign get their supporters out to the polls.
Door-to-Door Canvasser: These workers are provided with a canvass kit that contains a list of voters in a specific area, a map of the area and some campaign literature. The door-to-door canvasser knocks on the voter's doors, gives a quick pitch on their candidate, hands the voter the literature and then records which candidate that voter intends to support.
Sign Crew: These are volunteers who either construct the campaign signs or who deliver the signs to campaign supporters.
Campaign Office Workers: These are volunteers who perform various campaign office tasks from stuffing envelopes to marking canvass sheets.
Data Entry: These volunteers take the information off of the canvass sheets from the phoners and door-to-door canvassers and record them into the campaign database.
When we asked our members what issue what most important to them in the 2017 election, they ranked these three priorities as most important to them:
Below you'll find a summary of the three parties' platforms on these issues and more.
The PEA sent seven questions to candidates of the three main parties in the ten ridings with the most PEA members. The questions reflected PEA members’ election priorities from a fall 2016 survey. The BC NDP and BC Liberal candidates responses to the questions were addressed centrally on behalf of the ten candidates. Three responses were received from the BC Green Party candidates in Saanich North and the Islands, Kamloops South-Thompson and Victoria-Beacon Hill. Following are links to the verbatim responses from candidates.
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