Maple Ridge-Mission riding has another contender for B.C. election

Steve Ranta ran in federal election 2015, fifth candidate so far

  • Mar. 31, 2017 12:00 p.m.

Steve Ranta is running as an independent candidate in the May 9 election in Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows.

After running as an independent in the 2015 federal election, Steve Ranta is doing the same thing in this spring’s provincial election in Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows.

He said in a news release Friday that problems like homelessness, unaffordable housing, low wages and under-employment “are getting worse, not better.”

The problems are growing because B.C. is selling out its natural resources, environment, land and public services to benefit large companies and the wealthy.

“Unfortunately, none of the opposition parties has a plan to change things,” says Ranta.

“They have become mere mass-marketing machines, jockeying for position on a narrow range of issues which the media has brought to public attention, rather than addressing fundamental, underlying problems.”

He said during the door-knocking he’s done so far, that many people feel the same way but are pessimistic about the willingness of the opposition parties to do anything about it.

Candidate registration forms have to be into ElectionsBC a week after the election is actually called on April 11. Those forms require each candidate to get 75 signatures from voters supporting his or her candidacy.

Lisa Beare, NDP, Doug Bing, Liberal, Bryton Cherrier, Libertarian and Alex Pope, Green party are also running.

 

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