Get off the sidelines, says Cantelon

PARKSVILLE — Ron Cantelon said he welcomed Liberal leadership candidate Christy Clark’s visit to Parksville and Qualicum Beach recently.

  • Jan. 31, 2011 11:00 a.m.

PARKSVILLE — Ron Cantelon said he welcomed Liberal leadership candidate Christy Clark’s visit to Parksville and Qualicum Beach recently.

“We’re really lucky to have candidates like Christy and Kevin Falcon and others and I think we have a good group of candidates to select from,” he said. “I like them all.”

However, the Parksville-Qualicum MLA still plans to throw his support behind Kevin Falcon.

“I like Falcon’s experience. I know Kevin handled a very difficult ministry in transportation, with major infrastructure issues he handled very well. I’m very happy as well with how he responded to the health centre.”

In particular, he said, Cantelon said he likes the way Falcon communicates.

“It’s a gift. The biggest part of communication is listening, and he’s a good listener.”

Listening won’t be enough however. Getting new Liberal party memberships is also crucial in this race to elect a new premier and Cantelon said the drive in Oceanside is going well — at least for Falcon.

Cantelon urged people to sign up, and not just for his candidate — or even his party.

“It’s a great opportunity for people to sign up,” he said.

“I invite them to sign up with the NDP, too. Get off the sidelines and join a party and have a say.”

— Neil Horner