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Cowichan's Green candidate Kerry Davis ready to face NDP's Routley
B.C.’s May 14 election can’t come soon enough for Green party candidate Kerry Davis.
“The Green party is not a one-issue party,” stressed Davis, acclaimed Cowichan riding’s Green candidate Oct. 15.
“We’re quite fiscally conservative because we don’t like wasting our money either.
“There are lots of silly things government spends money on, like the boards of BC Hydro and BC Ferries. I doubt it’ll be different under the NDP, who’d appoint old stalwarts to those boards.
“Greens would have an independent board or elections, or both, so you could have local representation on those boards.”
Davis, 39, a model-train manufacturer in Mill Bay, could face incumbent NDP MLA Bill Routley in the spring ballot.
“I met Bill Routley at a renewable-energy jobs fair. After hearing about new green-collar jobs, I remember he said he still wanted to get rid of the carbon tax. I gave him a piece of my mind because that’s one of the few things the Liberals have done that I think is a good idea,” said Davis, touting more carbon-tax funds for transit.
“I bought a bike and we ride to the farmer’s market,” the Cowichan High grad said. “I bought a second one and rode it to the (recent pipeline) protest, and I’d work to improve bike lanes.”
He cheered locals for following the 100-mile diet, and shopping locally, but keeping farmland in the Agricultural Land Reserve might be tough.
“Another big problem is there’s still lots of chemical spraying on corn around the valley because people can’t certify organic corn.”
Davis is running for MLA because he sees few differences between the Liberals and the NDP.
“They whip the vote, forcing members to vote the party line rather than their conscience, or the wishes of their constituents.”
Davis’ eco-concerns seemed embodied best by Green platforms.
“They made the most sense to me.”
He also liked national Green leader Elizabeth May’s performance in the 2008 debates — and what she says in her book Losing Confidence.
“It’s about how democracy is slowly being chipped away. That got me annoyed. I realized what was happening in B.C. with power concentrated in the premier’s office.”
Davis favours valley control of Cowichan River’s weir, and he’s basically against local farms burning waste wood.
“You could certainly chip it. There’s no reason we can’t do larger operations to produce heat and power from waste.”
He also wants Victoria to help get passenger and commuter service on the struggling E&N rail line.
“I’ve ridden the commuter bus over the Malahat. The train could help relieve gridlock. Buses are a good start,” he said, citing the carbon tax. “The bus doesn’t work for everyone.”
Beefing school board funding made his list, but Davis sidestepped giving tax powers back to trustees.
He also said no to oil pipelines, yes to clean alternatives.
“The NDP is on board with (steam-based oil-extraction) fracking, and liquified natural gas. It might create a few jobs with a great environmental risks. We want to make fracking an election issue.
“You could also retrofit homes with better insulation, and better heating systems — that’s local jobs for contractors.”
Davis knows he has a tough road to becoming B.C.’s first Green MLA.
“Door knocking is the way to get votes — it’s not as daunting as you think, but you get yelled at occasionally by entrenched people.”