If you’re like me, you might not have even known that such a thing as ‘Electoral Area A‘ existed. But hey! It does! And there’s an election there soon! Apparently in the last municipal election only 4% registered voters in the area voted. Pretty shabby. But this time, for all of you Electoral Area A residents, your vote will actually mean a lot to the Farm.
Blake Frederick from UBC Insiders has posted an interview with the candidates, in which the first question asked is, “Do you support keeping the UBC Farm in its current location at its current size (24 ha)?”
All four respondents (Maria Harris did not participate in the interview) answered “Yes,” some elaborating more than others. Fred Pritchard (no website) gave a one-word “yes”, Charles Menzies declared his support to have “no qualifications”, Matt Naylor was “unequivocal” about his, and Ben West upped his credentials with mention of his leadership role in the Save the Farm campaign.
We’ve also seen both Ben West and Charles Menzies in attendance and being vocally supportive of the Farm’s preservation at UBC’s most recent round of campus planning consultations. The others may have been as well, but West and Menzies were strong, active participants in the sessions we were privy to. That definitely bolsters our opinion of each of them.