Meet the Candidates: Gwen O’Mahony

Learn more about the BC NDP candidate for Chilliwack-Hope

NDP Chilliwack-Hope candidate Gwen O'Mahony

NDP Chilliwack-Hope candidate Gwen O'Mahony

What is your background/political experience?

I’ve had the privilege of representing the communities of Chilliwack-Hope as MLA from April 2012 till present. This past year in office has been a tangible example of what change for the better, one practical step at a time, looks like. Mobile community offices held throughout the riding, town halls and roundtable consultations with the public on issues that matter, a respectful, collaborative approach are part of the positive approach to representation I promise and have delivered.

What are the most pressing issues currently facing the riding?

Healthcare, employment and transit are the three main issues that come up in all of the communities of the Chilliwack-Hope riding, but the over-arching concern on the minds of the majority of people I have personally talked to during this campaign is good government. This election is about a choice between more of the same, and positive change for the better in B.C.

If elected, what would be your main priority as MLA?

I plan to build on the positive, collaborative approach that I have established. In order to find solutions to the complex issues our communities and the province are facing, leaders must consult with individuals, elected officials and community leaders from both the business and non-profit sectors.

What can be done to stimulate economic growth in the Hope area?

It starts with being an accessible MLA. The mayor and council, First Nations leaders and industry leaders should have the assurance that they can call upon their MLA to listen and address their concerns and bring forward creative ideas.

Why should people vote for you?

This past year I’ve worked hard to establish important and necessary relationships with community leaders. I’ve focused on positive problem solving rather than derogatory finger pointing – a type of politics people are quite frankly tired of – and in doing so have earned people’s respect and a reputation for hard work and trustworthiness.