In 2017 BC Election Day is on May 9th and between now and then there are All Candidates Meetings all across Metro Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.
These are ideal opportunities to meet the candidates from the various parties, learn about their platforms and hear what they have to say about issues that are important to you.
Vancouver Provincial All Candidates Forums
The following are just some of the All Candidates events taking place throughout the Lower Mainland. Check out the one in your riding, educate yourself and make an informed decision for when you vote. And tell your friends to do the same!
Note: Times and locations are subject to change, and not all candidates attend every debate. See event websites for exact details. Also, these are just some of the many All Candidates Forums that are taking place. Contact your local MLA or political party office for details about other debates in your area.
Educate yourself, be informed and get out and vote!
Abbotsford South Debate
- April 27: from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Matsqui Centennial Auditorium at 32315 South Fraser Way in Abbotsford. See the Aldergrove Star for more details.
Delta Election Debates
- April 19: at South Delta Secondary School at 750 53rd Street from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. See the Delta Chamber of Commerce website for more details.
- April 26: at North Delta Secondary School at 11447 82nd Avenue from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. The focus of the debate is business and community issues. See the Delta Chamber of Commerce website for further information.
Langley Election Debates
Four All Candidates Meetings have been announced for Langley so far, including the following:
- April 19: at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church at 20676 Fraser Highway from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Its focus is on seniors issues and its for candidates from both the Langley and Langley East ridings.
- April 19: at the Langley Seniors Resource Centre at 20605 51B Avenue from 7:00 to 9:00 pm and hosted by the Langley Teachers’ Association. The focus is on education, the environment and equity issues.
- April 25: at Kwantlen Polytechnic University at 20901 Langley Bypass from 7:00 to 9:00 pm and hosted by the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce. This event is for the Langley riding.
- April 27: in the West Gymnasium at the Langley Events Centre at 7888 200th Street from 7:00 to 9:00 pm and hosted by the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce. This event is for the Langley East riding.
See the Langley Advance newspaper for more details.
Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows
- April 15: at the Pitt Meadows Seniors Activity Centre at 19065 119B Avenue from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. See the Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Chamber of Commerce website for more details.
North Shore Debates
- April 20: at North Lonsdale United Church at 3380 Lonsdale Avenue from 7:00 to 9:00 pm with candidates from all three North Shore ridings (including North Vancouver-Seymour, North Vancouver-Lonsdale and West Vancouver-Capilano). See the event’s Facebook page for more information.
- April 25: at Eagle Eye Theatre at 38430 Buckley Avenue in Squamish from 6:30 to 9:00 pm. This event is for the riding of West Vancouver-Sea-to-Sky. See the Squamish Chamber of Commerce website for details.
- April 27: at Carson Graham Secondary School at 2145 Jones Avenue in North Vancouver starting at 7 pm.
- May 3: at the West Vancouver Seniors Centreat 695 21st Street from 1 until 3 pm.
- May 4: from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at Mount Seymour United Church at 1200 Parkgate Avenue. The forum is for the riding of North Vancouver-Seymour.
Richmond All Candidates Debate
- April 26: at the Gateway Theatre at 6500 Gilbert Road from 5:30 to 8:00 pm. This event is for all Richmond ridings including Richmond North Centre, Richmond-Queensborough, Richmond South Centre and Richmond Steveston.
Squamish Election Debate
- April 25: at Eagle Eye Theatre at 38430 Buckley Avenue from 6:30 to 9:00 pm. See the website Squamish Chamber of Commerce for details.
Surrey All Candidates Forums
- April 25: at Gracepoint Community Church at 3487 King George Boulevard from 6:30 to 9:00 pm for the ridings of South Surrey and Surrey-White Rock. See the event’s posting for details. Click the event’s Facebook page for more information.
- April 26: The Surrey Board of Trade hosts its Surrey All Candidates Meeting from 5:30 to 8 pm at the Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel. See the SBOT website for more details.
- April 27: at SFU Surrey at 13450 102nd Avenue from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. The event is for the riding of Surrey-Whalley. See the Downtown Surrey BIA website for details.
Tri-Cities All Candidates Debates
The following All Candidates Meetings are scheduled for Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody and are hosted by the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce:
- April 18: from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Evergreen Cultural Centre at 1205 Pinetree Way in Coquitlam for the riding of Coquitlam-Burke Mountain.
- April 19: at the Port Coquitlam Inn & Suites at 1545 Lougheed Highway for the riding of Port Coquitlam.
- April 20: at the Inlet Theatre at Port Moody City Hall at 100 Newport Drive for the riding of Port Moody-Coquitlam.
- April 27: at the Best Western Coquitlam Inn & Convention Centre at 319 North Road for the riding of Coquitlam-Maillardville.
See the Tri-Cities News for more information.
Vancouver Election Debates
- April 26: at the Dunbar Community Centre at 4747 Dunbar Street at 7:30 pm for the riding of Dunbar Quilchena.
See the Dunbar Community Centre website for more details.
Televised Provincial Leadership Debate
There is only one scheduled debate scheduled between the leaders of the three main political parties in the lead up to the 2017 BC provincial election. Christy Clark, John Horgan and Andrew Weaver will represent the Liberal Party, NDP and Green Party respectively on Wednesday, April 26, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.
See CBC BC for more information.
In total, there are close to four dozen different provincial electoral ridings in the Lower Mainland and each will have its own All Candidates Debates. The list above is just a sample.
All Candidates Forums are not “best places” to visit if you’re from out of town or not from the relevant riding (unless of course you happen to enjoy this kind of thing or your best friend or sibling is running for office and needs your support). They are “best places” to be, however, if you’re from the area and want to educate yourself on election issues, your local candidates and provincial party platforms.
How Did We Select These Examples?
How did we choose to list the above All Candidates Debates as opposed to other ones? We spent an afternoon of research on the Internet to save you the trouble. All Candidates Forums we found on the Internet within a reasonable length of time of looking and with easy to understand information we generally included in the list.
If you know of an All Candidates Meeting that isn’t on our list, contact us (info (at) vancouversbestplaces.com) and we’ll do our best to add the event. What we’ll need though is a website where people can go to for more information. We can’t promise we’ll add every event, especially if we’ve already listed more than one already for a riding, but we’ll see what we can do.
Vancouver’s Best Places does not endorse any one party or candidate. We encourage everyone to educate themselves on the issues and get out and vote.
For information on other things to do while you’re out and about in the Lower Mainland, check out the following:
- The Lower Mainland’s April Calendar of Events
- Metro Vancouver’s May Calendar of Events
- Vancouver’s Festivals & Events Calendar