Conservatives now make it an even eight

Party now has candidates in both ridings, as do Liberals, NDs and Green party

  • Apr. 26, 2013 8:00 a.m.

A empty spot in the race for the Maple Ridge-Mission seat in the B.C. Legislature has been filled by the B.C. Conservatives.

Chad Thompson, an entrepreneur and small business owner with an automotive background, is now running for the party. With Manuel Pratas, who’s running in Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows, the B.C. Conservatives now have candidates in both Maple Ridge ridings and bring the total number of candidates to eight.

In a news release, Thompson said, “we need to get B.C. back to basics by standing up for our seniors, our families, and our children.”  He said he will fight for low taxes, balanced budgets, and creating high-paying jobs for British Columbians.

“Our candidates are giving British Columbians a chance to say ‘no’ to the tax-and-spend ways of the NDP and Liberals and ‘yes’ to our plan to get BC back to basics with low taxes, smarter spending, and balancing the budget,” added BC Conservative leader John Cummins.

Thompson is competing against Marc Dalton of the B.C. Liberal party, Mike Bocking of the NDP and Alex Pope with Green Party of B.C. in Maple Ridge-Mission.

Pratas is running against Elizabeth Rosenau, NDP, Doug Bing, Liberal and Michael Patterson with the Green party, in Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows.