BC Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson flanked by Liberal candidates Chelsa Meadus (left) for Maple Ridge-Mission and Cheryl Ashlie for Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows. (Neil Corbett/The News)

BC Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson flanked by Liberal candidates Chelsa Meadus (left) for Maple Ridge-Mission and Cheryl Ashlie for Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows. (Neil Corbett/The News)

REFLECTIONS 2020: New Pitt Meadows secondary was promised in October election

NDP victory in provincial election should mean new school, as two NDP MLAs returned

Provincial election promises should result in a new high school being constructed in Pitt Meadows.

2020 was an election year, and the new education facility was a key election promise by Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows MLA Lisa Beare. The NDP government cabinet minister won a second term, as did Maple Ridge-Mission MLA Bob D’Eith.

The Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows school district is now working on a project definition report for Pitt Meadows secondary. This report will be submitted for funding consideration to the Ministry of Education in January, said spokesperson Irena Pochop.

Another part of that election promise was a new site to eventually build a new elementary school to serve the fast-growing Silver Valley neighbourhood in Maple Ridge. Again, the district is working on a project fact sheet for Silver Valley which will be submitted to the Ministry of Education in early 2021

Politics was front page news in the fall, after Premier John Horgan called a snap election for Oct. 24.

READ ALSO: Citing stability, B.C. Premier calls snap election for Oct. 24

The two local ridings were key battlegrounds, characterized as being up for grabs after both had gone from the BC Liberals to the NDP in 2016, and each week there were press conferences by Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson, or NDP Leader John Horgan or his health minister Adrian Dix.

Former Maple Ridge city councillor and SD42 school board trustee Cheryl Ashlie was selected by the Liberals to oppose Beare in Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows. The sudden election call caught the BC Greens and other parties without a candidate to run in the riding.

Maple Ridge city councillor Chelsa Meadus got the Liberal nod to run for Maple Ridge-Mission against D’Eith. That race was also joined by the Green Party’s Matt Trenholm – a Langley resident and health care worker.

Beare beat Ashlie in Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows with 63 per cent of the riding’s votes, compared with the Liberal candidate’s 37 per cent.

In Maple Ridge-Mission D’Eith took 55 per cent of the votes, Meadus 34 per cent and Trenholm 11 per cent.



Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

maple ridgePitt MeadowsYear in Review

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

First time author Stacey Chomiak is releasing Still Stace in October, 2021. (Special to The News)
First time Maple Ridge author illustrates and writes about reconciling her faith and sexuality

Stacey Chomiak is branching out from a successful career in animation

The speculation and vacancy tax declaration must be filled out by the end of March. (The News files)
SVT declaration packages en route to homeowners in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows

A penalty will apply to those, not exempted, who don’t pay by due date

COVID-19. (Pixabay)
COVID-19 exposure at Westview in Maple Ridge

Third high school reporting virus in 2021

A vehicle incident is blocking the eastbound lanes on Lougheed Highway at Jim Robson Way in Maple Ridge on Monday, Jan. 18, 2020. (Google)
TRAFFIC: Lougheed Highway cleared in Maple Ridge, expect congestion

Earlier, eastbound lanes at Jim Robson Way were closed

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry prepares a daily update on the coronavirus pandemic, April 21, 2020. (B.C. Government)
B.C. adjusts COVID-19 vaccine rollout for delivery slowdown

Daily cases decline over weekend, 31 more deaths

A female prisoner sent Langford police officers a thank-you card after she spent days in their custody. (Twitter/West Shore RCMP)
Woman gives Victoria-area jail 4.5-star review in handwritten card to police after arrest

‘We don’t often get thank you cards from people who stay with us, but this was sure nice to see’: RCMP

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

An elk got his antlers caught up in a zip line in Youbou over the weekend. (Conservation Officer Service Photo)
Elk rescued from zip line in Youbou on Vancouver Island

Officials urge people to manage items on their property that can hurt animals

A Trail man has a lucky tin for a keepsake after it saved him from a stabbing last week. File photo
Small tin in Kootenay man’s jacket pocket saved him from stabbing: RCMP

The man was uninjured thanks to a tin in his jacket

Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation Chantel Moore, 26, was fatally shot by a police officer during a wellness check in the early morning of June 4, 2020, in Edmundston, N.B. (Facebook)
Frustrated family denied access to B.C. Indigenous woman’s police shooting report

Independent investigation into B.C. woman’s fatal shooting in New Brunswick filed to Crown

Delta Police Constable Jason Martens and Dezi, a nine-year-old German Shepherd that recently retired after 10 years with Delta Police. (Photo submitted)
Dezi, a Delta police dog, retires on a high note after decade of service

Nine-year-old German Shepherd now fights over toys instead of chasing down bad guys

Nurses collect samples from a patient in a COVID suspect room in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at St. Paul’s hospital in downtown Vancouver, Tuesday, April 21, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
5 British Columbians under 20 years old battled COVID-19 in ICU in recent weeks

Overall hospitalizations have fallen but young people battling the virus in hospital has increased

Most Read