Running for public office is not an easy decision. It is rooted in service, sacrifice and a desire to drive change. I am honoured to be running as the Conservative Party of Canada’s candidate in North Vancouver because this riding is important to me.
I was born in Lions Gate Hospital and as a young boy visited my father where he taught at Handsworth, Maplewood and Windsor schools. For 57 years, my aunt, uncle and cousins lived in the same house in the Edgemont Village area, not far from where I now live with my wife Michelle and son Benjamin. I have family in Pemberton Heights, Lynn Valley and lower Lonsdale. Many of you are friends, neighbours, fellow parents, and business associates. Many more of you are people I have yet to meet, and with hard work and dedication I hope to earn your respect and support. I pledge to serve you with maximum effort, dignity and a principled approach.
My primary motivation for running is to make the world a better place for my son (who is now six years old) and his generation as they will face significant challenges. As a former healthcare executive, I’m not satisfied with the COVID-19 response. As a family that likes to live within our means I am deeply concerned about deficits, uncontrolled spending and the impacts of a massively expanding debt.
As someone who spent many years in computer security, I am also alarmed by the recent data breaches and the safety and security of Canadians’ personal information. When it comes to healthcare and seniors, I know we can do better.
The environment is also hugely important to me. I gratefully acknowledge that North Vancouver is a special place to live where, despite our close proximity to urban amenities, we are never far from a park, a stream or a mountain trail. My personal bias has always been towards actions I can take in my daily life to protect the environment. I am a bicycle commuter, not just because I love the outdoors and the exercise, but because it’s great for the environment. I once paddled the Blue Nile from source to sea in support of World Water Monitoring Day and access to fresh water in the developing world. For many years I chose to ride public transit because I thought it was the right thing to do. Our Conservative leader has committed to providing a comprehensive and serious plan to address climate change. When that plan is released in the coming weeks, I look forward to representing how the Conservative Party will address climate change and fight to protect the environment.
It is my vision that government should spend more time thinking deeply about how we can serve you better. Running for office is a privilege. We must never forget who we are elected to serve. I would like to see change in Ottawa; I would like to see change in this riding; and, with your trust and support, I would like to be your elected representative. I look forward to meeting with you all in the weeks ahead whether it is in virtual meetings, on the doorsteps or out in the community.
Les Jickling is Conservative candidate for North Vancouver.