Premier Clark arrives in Maple Ridge to boost Liberal campaigns

Third visit since March as days count down towards election

Premier Christy Clark

With less than a week to election day and polls tightening, Premier Christy Clark made a pit stop in Maple Ridge Wednesday to boost the B.C. Liberal campaign.

A throng of supporters welcomed the premier to Marc Dalton’s campaign office, where she delivered a rousing speech as a screen broadcasting the “NDP Spend-O-Metre” rolled dollars signs out of control.

“Do we grow our economy? Do we keep it strong or do we take another path and put it all at risk?” shouted Clark to applause and loud cheers.

“That’s the question we have in front of us on May 14. Do we say yes to growing our economy? Do we say yes to government spending?”

A new poll commissioned by the Times Colonist newspaper released Thursday indicates the New Democratic Party’s lead has narrowed to just four percentage points.

According to Oracle Research Ltd., if an election were held today, 41 per cent of those polled would back the B.C. NDP while 37 per cent would vote to re-elect the B.C. Liberals.

Wednesday’s trip to Maple Ridge was the third time Clark has visited the area since the end of March.

Two weeks ago, she attended a similar campaign rally for Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows candidate Doug Bing.

Clark dismissed suggestions that Dalton and Bing needed her help to raise their profile locally.

Bing is a first time provincial candidate, while Dalton won a slim victory in Maple Ridge -Mission during the last election, with a 68-vote margin.

“I’ve been to lots of riding since mid-March because I’m working as hard as I absolutely can to support our candidates across the province,” said Clark.

“I think Marc Dalton has done an absolutely sterling job of representing this community and I want to support him. Doug has been a great member of this community for a long time so I wanted to be here to support both of them in their race to become MLAs. I need them in Victoria if we are going to grow the economy and keep government spending under control.”

For Linda Cucek, a Mission resident and volunteer on Dalton’s campaign, Clark’s visit was a shot in the arm as election day draws near.

She gave the premier a hand-made turquoise necklace and a photograph she took two weeks ago at the rally in Pitt Meadows. “It was for luck,” said Cucek, explaining she chose turquoise to match Clark’s blue eyes. “I think she is the best premier.”

Just Posted

Class sizes dropped from among the worst in B.C.

Maple Ridge trustees review statistics

Pitt Meadows gets new art gallery

Arts community celebrates during official opening Saturday

VIDEO: emergency landing near Langley airport

Plane lost power during take-off

Heavy downpours expected in parts of Metro Vancouver

Heavy rain will begin to ease off Sunday evening as the frontal system moves south out of the area

Murray returns as Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows School Board chair

Will serve his last year in an “outstanding” time for the board

Maple Ridge remembers

Remembrance Day ceremony and parade in downtown Maple Ridge.

Giants ground Rockets in WHL action

Vancouver builds early lead, never looks back in 6-1 win at Langley Events Centre

Start on time: Canucks looking to shake first-period struggles

Canucks centre Bo Horvat said the formula for getting a leg up is there for everyone to see

COMMUTER ALERT: Snowfall warnings in effect across B.C.

Travelling this weekend? Check the forecasts before hitting the road

Drones take off to search for missing North Okanagan women

A volunteer search party was supported by professional drone operators

Tips for keeping your personal data safe, from the experts

It’s important to keep your ‘online footprint’ safe

Lights to turn blue ahead of funeral for fallen Abbotsford police officer

Buildings across B.C. are going blue Saturday night in honour of Const. John Davidson

Ride-share pioneer drives up quietly to B.C. battleground

Lyft approaches B.C. without Uber bombast, eyes small towns

Crash shuts down Highway 91 in Richmond for hours

The stretch of highway was closed for more than 6 hours due to a multi-vehicle accident

Most Read