2017 Provincial Election Grizzly Survey Results


Justice for BC Grizzlies has been contacting all declared candidates to find out their thoughts on the grizzly hunt. We asked four questions, and allowed the candidates to comment.

Click on your riding below to see what your candidates think of the grizzly hunt.
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Candidates in your riding haven’t responded?  Go to the “Spreadsheet to help contact candidates” document to see if their contact information is there and give them a call. Note: candidate contact information can be difficult to find so we can only offer what we have found to date.

updated April 7th

RIDINGS

Abbotsford South      Abbotsford West      Abbotsford-Mission      Boundary-Similkameen      Burnaby North      Burnaby-Deer Lake     Burnaby-Edmonds      Burnaby-Lougheed      Cariboo North      Cariboo-Chilcotin      Chilliwack      Chilliwack-Kent      Columbia River-Revelstoke      Coquitlam-Burke Mountain      Coquitlam-Maillardville      Courtenay-Comox    Cowichan Valley      Delta North      Delta South      Esquimalt-Metchosin      Fraser-Nicola      Kamloops-North Thompson      Kamloops-South Thompson      Kelowna West      Kelowna-Lake Country      Kelowna-Mission      Kootenay East       Kootenay West      Langford-Juan de Fuca      Langley      Langley East      Maple Ridge-Mission      Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows      Mid Island-Pacific Rim      Nanaimo      Nanaimo-North Cowichan      Nechako Lakes      Nelson-Creston      New Westminster      North Coast      North Island      North Vancouver-Lonsdale      North Vancouver-Seymour      Oak Bay-Gordon Head      Parksville-Qualicum      Peace River North      Peace River South      Penticton      Port Coquitlam      Port Moody-Coquitlam      Powell River-Sunshine Coast      Prince George-Mackenzie      Prince George-Valemount      Richmond North Centre      Richmond South Centre      Richmond-Queensborough      Richmond-Steveston      Saanich North and the Islands      Saanich South      Shuswap      Skeena      Stikine      Surrey South      Surrey-Cloverdale      Surrey-Fleetwood      Surrey-Green Timbers      Surrey-Guildford      Surrey-Newton      Surrey-Panorama      Surrey-Whalley      Surrey-White Rock      Vancouver-Fairview      Vancouver-False Creek      Vancouver-Fraserview      Vancouver-Hastings      Vancouver-Kensington      Vancouver-Kingsway      Vancouver-Langara      Vancouver-Mount Pleasant      Vancouver-Point Grey      Vancouver-Quilchena      Vancouver-West End      Vernon-Monashee      Victoria-Beacon Hill      Victoria-Swan Lake      West Vancouver-Capilano    West Vancouver-Sea to Sky

Abbotsford South

Darryl Plecas (Liberal)
darryl.plecas.mla@leg.bc.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Medium

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? No


 

Aird Flavelle (Green)
aird.flavelle@greenparty.bc.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears and the grizzly hunt?Not Strong

 Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt?Opposed

 Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy hunting)?Yes

 Q4:  Do you think that BC voters are more likely to support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP have vowed to do?

Unsure

 

 

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Abbotsford West

Mike de Jong (Liberal)
mike.dejong.mla@leg.bc.ca

no response


Preet Raj (NDP)
preet.raj@bcndp.ca

no response

 

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Abbotsford-Mission

Simon Gibson (Liberal)
simon.gibson.mla@leg.bc.ca

no response


 

Sheldon Baker (Libertarian)

no response

 

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Boundary-Similkameen

Colleen Ross (NDP)
colleenross4ndp@gmail.com

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Strong

Grizzly habitat in BC is a growing concern, mining,
forestry, and some recreational activities, have placed
increasing pressure on their survival. Trophy hunting is
a completely unnecessary activity and must be
banned.
Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

My New Democrat colleagues and I are committed to
banning the trophy hunting of grizzly bears. We have
introduced legislation that would ensure stable funding
and planning for wildlife and habitat management.
Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

British Columbians overwhelmingly agree with the BC
NDP –that it is time to end the trophy hunt! I am
appalled at the thought of “sport hunting” and agree
with the majority of BC’ers who want to see the grizzly
protected, and the trophy hunt to end NOW. We could
create even more jobs and welcome many more
guests, by ending the grizzly bear trophy hunt,
encouraging eco-tourism, while protecting and
restoring grizzly habitat.
Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Yes

John Horgan and the BC NDP announced several
months ago that we want to ban the grizzly trophy
hunt, and 9 in 10 British Columbians agree. Without a
change in government on May 9th, the grizzly trophy
hunt will continue, which is shameful. The BC NDP are
committed to banning the trophy hunt, and I am 100%
behind this decision!


 

Linda Larson (Liberal)
linda.larson.mla@leg.bc.ca

no response

 

 

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Burnaby North

Janet Routledge (NDP)
janet.routledge@bcndp.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Strong

Trophy hunting is a moral, emotional, and economic
issue.

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

The BCDNP is committed to banning the trophy
hunting if grizzly bears. We have introduced legislation
that would ensure stable funding and planning for
wildlife and habitat management. We will build a
bigger and stronger destination tourism industry while
supporting First Nations and hunters to put food on
their tables.

Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

Ending the trophy hunting of grizzly bears is the right
thing to do and most British Columbians believe that.
We have a strong Eco- tourism industry in BC. We will
attract even more visiters and create more jobs by
ending the grizzly bear trophy hunt.

Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Yes

The BCNDP stands with the vast majority of British
Columbians in our commitment to ban the trophy hunt
of grizzly bears.


 

Peter Hallschmid (Green)
peter.hallschmid@greenparty.bc.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears and the grizzly hunt?
Not Strong
As a Green Party candidate, I believe every effort must be made to make sound decisions based on the best data available. Wildlife issues are complex and require a thorough analysis.
Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed
BC Greens believe we must end the grizzly hunt. Further, we also believe that efforts must be put into protecting their habitat and food supply.
Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy hunting)? Yes
This is a contentious issue and it is very important that the various views of the issue be heard respectfully. This is the approach the BC Greens take in general. Further, it is important we do not alienate or discriminate against the First Nations who may have had grizzly hunting as part of their traditional practices.
Q4:  Do you think that BC voters are more likely to support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP have vowed to do? Yes
For years, the BC Greens were the only party to clearly and directly seek an end to trophy hunting and to table legislation on the issue. We are pleased that the NDP have joined us in speaking to this important issue.

 


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Richard T. Lee (Liberal)
richard.lee@leg.bc.ca

no response

 

 

 

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Burnaby-Deer Lake

Elias Ishak (Independent)
eliasishak@yandex.com

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Medium

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Unsure


Anne Kang (NDP)
anne.kang@burnaby.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Strong

I am in opposition of killing grizzly bears for trophies. It
is morally wrong and British Columbians should rise
above that. There is an economic, moral, and
emotional aspect to the hunt.
Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

Together, with my leader, John Horgan of BC NDP, I
am in full opposition to banning the trophy hunting of
grizzly bears. This issue is about making the right
choice. We need to respect and support First Nations,
our beautiful wilderness, and support our tourism
industry. My New Democrat colleagues have
introduced legislation that would ensure stable funding
and planning for wildlife and habitat management.
Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

When I have talked to my friends, neighbour, and
communities about trophy hunting, most of them don’t
support it, for the reason that it is a cruel game. We
live in a beautiful province where we share our
wilderness and living environment with nature. We
have a booming Eco-tourism industry; there are
opportunities to create jobs; and we have a proud
outdoor heritage. My New Democrat colleagues and I
will oppose trophy hunting.
Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Yes

The majority of the people that we have spoken to
have expressed strong opposition in trophy hunting.
John Horgan, leader of NDP, has made an
announcement supporting the ban. I am standing by
John Horgan on this issue.


 

Rick McGowan (Green)
rick.mcgowan@greenparty.bc.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Not Strong

I have a degree in Biological science and I have
studied population dynamics and ecology. I
understand the complexities involved. That said, as a
dweller in the City of Burnaby, this is not a local issue
that has required my attention. If elected and faced
with making a decision on this issue, I will decide
based on the best evidence..

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

Personally, I do not take pleasure in the killing of an
animal for sport.
Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

I think that a majority of British Columbians prefer to
see a healthy, well managed grizzly population. Such
management requires good data, a scientifically
developed regulatory framework and robust
enforcement. As well, we need to dialogue from all
points of view.
Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Yes

The Greens have been at the forefront in the battle to
end trophy hunting and protecting habitat. I am glad to
see the NDP has followed Dr. Weaver’s lead. I think
there is support in all parties to end the grizzly hunt.
Getting big money out of politics will help parties work
together to end this practice.


 

Karen Wang (Liberal)
karen.wang@bcliberals.com

no response

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Burnaby-Edmonds

Raj Chouhan (NDP)
Raj.Chouhan.MLA@leg.bc.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Strong

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Yes


 

Valentine Wu (Green)
valentine.wu@greenparty.bc.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears and the grizzly hunt?
Medium
Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt?Opposed

Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy hunting)?Yes

Q4:  Do you think that BC voters are more likely to support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP have vowed to do?
Unsure

For years, the BC Green Party has been the only party to clearly and directly seek to end trophy hunting and table legislation on this issue.

 

 

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Burnaby-Lougheed

Joe Keithley (Green)
joe.keithley@greenparty.bc.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Medium

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Unsure

I don’t believe the BC NDP actually believes in
anything or is really sure of any of their “policies” But
the BC Green Party opposes the Grizzly bear hunt –
Joe Keithley


Katrina Chen (NDP)
katrina.chen@bcndp.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Strong

The killing of grizzly bears for trophies is about more
than numbers, there is an economic, moral and
emotional aspect to the hunt.

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

My New Democrat colleagues and I are committed to
banning the trophy hunting of grizzly bears. We have
introduced legislation that would ensure stable funding
and planning for wildlife and habitat management. It’s
about choices. We can build a bigger and stronger
destination tourism industry in this province, and we
can do that while supporting First Nations and hunters
who are out there putting food in their freezers.

Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

It’s time to end the grizzly bear trophy hunt in B.C. It’s
something British Columbians agree on, because it’s
the right thing to do. We have a proud outdoor
heritage that includes hunting and fishing and we have
a booming eco-tourism industry. We could create
more jobs and welcome many more guests, by ending
the grizzly bear trophy hunt, and that’s something my
New Democrat colleagues and I pledge to do.

Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Yes

Our announcement to ban the grizzly trophy hunt is
where most people are at in BC. It’s the right thing to
do. 9 in 10 British Columbians do not support trophy
hunting of B.C.’s iconic grizzly bears, and neither do
we.


Steve Darling (Liberal)
steve.darling@bcliberals.com

no response

 

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Cariboo North

Richard Jaques (Green)
richard.jaques@greenparty.bc.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears and the grizzly hunt?   Strong

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy hunting)? No

Q4:  Do you think that BC voters are more likely to support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP have vowed to do?  No


 

Coralee Oakes (Liberal)
sheila.mitchell@leg.bc.ca

no response


 

Scott Elliott (NDP)
scott.elliott@bcndp.ca

no response

 

 

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Cariboo-Chilcotin

Rita Giesbrecht (Green)
rita.giesbrecht@greenparty.bc.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Strong

I live in the Cariboo and spend significant time in the
west–the Chilcotin, and the Bella Coola Coast. My
work there is based on the wilderness photography of
my partner, Chris Harris. In that capacity we travel and
work with both guide-outfitters and environmental
conservationists and ecologists.

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

The hunt is part of a bygone culture that has no further
validity in the 21st century; most guides that I know
agree. They would rather take photographers out to
the back country. The rest are old-school and old-
generation whose time has past. The younger
generation are not in favour.

Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

The social atmosphere seems pretty one-sided in
opposition; most clients of the hunt seem to not be
from BC. Local people who might take a bear do not
do so as a trophy, but of necessity. The bears they do
take tend to be old, debilitated and running amok.

Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Unsure

I’m not sure this is significant enough in people’s
thinking. Most people are more self-oriented than that.
They would be opposed if asked, but it would not
necessarily enter into the decision-making process.


 

Donna Barnett (Liberal)
donna.barnett.mla@leg.bc.ca

no response


 

Sally Watson (NDP)
sally.watson@bcndp.ca

no response

 

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Chilliwack

John Martin (Liberal)
john.martin@bcliberals.com

no response


 

Wayne Froese (Green)
wayne.froese@greenparty.bc.ca

no response

 

 

 

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Chilliwack-Kent

Laurie Throness (Liberal)
laurie.throness@bcliberals.com

no response


Patti MacAhonic (NDP)
patti.macahonic@bcndp.ca

no response

 

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Columbia River-Revelstoke

Doug Clovechok (Liberal)
doug.clovechok@bcliberals.com

no response


Gerry Taft (NDP)
mayor@invermere.net

no response


 

Justin Hooles (Ind)

no response


 

Samson Boyer (Green)
samson.boyer@greenparty.bc.ca

no response

 

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Coquitlam-Burke Mountain

Ian Soutar (Green)
ian.soutar@greenparty.bc.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Medium

Wildlife and biodiversity are incredibly important to our
environment and our economy here in BC. I recognise
that these issues can sometimes be complex, but I am
proud to say that our leader Dr Andrew Weaver has
worked on this file since he was first elected, and I
would be thrilled to help out in any way I can. It is also
important to recognise indigenous history, culture and
rights when considering this issue.

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

It’s important to remember that there are many other
issues related to grizzly bears outside of the hunt,
including habitat, food and water supply and roadkill
incidents; if these other factors are not considered,
there won’t be many bears left to save from hunting.
BC Greens introduced a bill to start to address this
issue in 2015 and we will continue working strongly to
help this magnificent animal in whatever ways we can.

Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

Obviously trophy hunters would support their killing,
but I believe that the majority of British Columbians do
oppose killing endangered species for sport. Again, it
is important that in this process that we do not
discriminate against First Nations in the province, as
some nations may have grizzly hunting deeply
embedded in their traditional culture. However, we
must respect First Nation laws as well, such as the
Coastal First Nation ban on grizzly hunting on their
lands.

Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Yes

While this may not be the pivotal, deciding factor for
British Columbians when they turn out to vote, I
sincerely hope that it will be something that they
consider at the polling stations. It is a pleasant
surprise to see that the NDP are just now speaking up
against this issue, and it is worth remembering that the
BC Greens have been very vocal in our opposition to
this senseless sport for many years. What is important
now is that we change our government to one that
outright opposes trophy hunting.


 

Joan Isaacs (Liberal)
joan.isaacs@bcliberals.com

no response


 

Jodie Wickens (NDP)
jodie.wickens.mla@leg.bc.ca

no response

 

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Coquitlam-Maillardville

Nicola Spurling (Green)
nicola.spurling@greenparty.bc.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Medium

The protection of wildlife is essential, and I will do my
best to ensure that any decisions surrounding the
grizzly bear hunt are made based on solid data and
analysis. That is the approach that Andrew Weaver
has taken since he was elected.
Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

Not only am I opposed to the grizzly bear hunt, I am in
favour of protecting the habitat in which these bears
live. We can’t protect grizzly bears without also
protecting their environment and food sources. The
BC Greens have been actively working to end the
trophy killing of grizzly bears, but unfortunately, the
current government has not seen fit to pass related
legislation.
Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

While this is a controversial subject, I believe that we
need to follow the lead of the Coastal First Nation, and
their ban on trophy bear hunting. The BC Greens are
committed to having a respectful dialogue, and not
alienating or discriminating against First Nations, for
whom grizzly bear hunting may have been part of their
traditional practices.

Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Yes

The BC Greens have been speaking out against, and
seeking an end to, trophy bear hunting for years. It’s a
pleasant surprise to see the BC NDP following-suit,
and recognizing the importance of protecting our
wildlife and biodiversity. I am hopefully that voters see
the importance of ending the grizzly bear hunt, and I
believe that they do.


Steve Kim (Liberal)
steve.kim@bcliberals.com

no response


 

Selina Robinson (NDP)
selina.robinson.mla@leg.bc.ca

no response

 

 

 

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Courtenay-Comox

Ernie Sellentin (Green)
ernie.sellentin@greenparty.bc.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Medium
Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

Have worked throughout coastal BC and in Grizzly
country. Am a subsistence hunter for meat myself but
strongly oppose trophy hunting.

Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes
Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Yes

Killing a remarkable animal as a trophy is
reprehensible. Most BC voters would support a ban.


 

Jim Benninger (Liberal)
jim.benninger@bcliberals.com

no response


 

Ronna-Rae Leonard (NDP)
electronnarae@shaw.ca

no response

 

 

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Cowichan Valley

Sonia Furstenau (Green)
sfurstenau@cvrd.bc.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Strong

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Yes

BC Greens are opposed to trophy hunting. Please
see: http://www.andrewweavermla.ca/2014/02/15/trophy-
killing-grizzly-bears/


Ian Morrison (Independent)
imorrison@cvrd.bc.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Strong

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

Except for First Nations cultural/ceremonial purposes

Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Yes

Yet shouldn’t the focus be on the candidates that
oppose the hunt, not simply parties


 

Eden Haythornthwaite (Ind)
haythornthwaite@shaw.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Medium

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Yes

 

Steve Housser (Liberal)
steve.housser@bcliberals.com

no response


 

Lori Iannidinardo (NDP)
lianni@shaw.ca

no response


 

Ian morrison (Ind)
imorrison@cvrd.bc.ca

no response


 

James Anderson (Libertarian)
libertyincowichan@gmail.com

no response

 

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Delta North

Scott Hamilton (Liberal)
scott.hamilton.mla@leg.bc.ca

no response


 

Ravi Kahlon (NDP)
ravi.kahlon@bcndp.ca

no response

 

 

 

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Delta South

Larry Colero (Green)
larry.colero@greenparty.bc.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Medium

Although my personal expertise is not in conservation,
or in any aspect of the environment for that matter, I
have long held a great reverence for nature and
wildlife in general.

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

In my view, our society has very little good reason to
hunt other than if necessary for human subsistence
(e.g. traditional First Nations and those who live in the
wilderness) or safety, or in rare circumstances, to help
Nature re-balance the distribution of species. An
animal’s life, particularly an animal like the Grizzly,
should never be sacrificed for the sake of a human’s
ego. I personally believe trophy hunting in general
should be banned.
Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

I see no reason why Insights West would fabricate or
misrepresent survey results.

Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Yes

The NDP have “vowed to do” a lot of things, but they
provide no assurance anything like the Green Party
does with its well-researched, consensus-based
policies based on global principles. Why were the
NDP mentioned in this question and not the Green
Party, when the Greens have had a long-standing
policy on trophy hunting and the NDP have just
recently stated that they plan to do something about it?
If we don’t move beyond thinking there are only two
parties in BC, we become like the Americans with their
choice of either Democrat or Republican. No one
knows what these parties actually stand for. The only
party we can be sure of is the Green Party.

 

 

 

Ian Paton (Liberal)
ipaton@delta.ca

no response


 

Seana Thrasher (Libertarian)

no response


 

Nicholas Wong (Ind)
nicholaswongfordeltasouth@gmail.com

no response


 

Bruce Reid (NDP)
bruce.reid@bcndp.ca

no response

 

 

 

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Esquimalt-Metchosin

Mitzi Dean (NDP)
mitzi.dean@bcndp.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Strong

The killing of grizzly bears for trophies is about more
than numbers, there is an economic, moral and
emotional aspect to the hunt.

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

My New Democrat colleagues and I are committed to
banning the trophy hunting of grizzly bears. We have
introduced legislation that would ensure stable funding
and planning for wildlife and habitat management. It’s
about choices. We can build a bigger and stronger
destination tourism industry in this province, and we
can do that while supporting First Nations and hunters
who are out there putting food in their freezers.

Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

It’s time to end the grizzly bear trophy hunt in B.C. It’s
something British Columbians agree on, because it’s
the right thing to do. We have a proud outdoor
heritage that includes hunting and fishing and we have
a booming eco-tourism industry. We could create
even more jobs and welcome many more guests, by
ending the grizzly bear trophy hunt, and that’s
something my New Democrat colleagues and I pledge
to do.

Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Yes

Our announcement to ban the grizzly trophy hunt is
where most people are at in BC. It’s the right thing to
do. 9 in 10 British Columbians do not support trophy
hunting of B.C.’s iconic grizzly bears, and neither do
we


Barb Desjardins (Liberal)
barbara.desjardins@esquimalt.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Not Strong
Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Unsure

I want to understand the science of wildlife
management. What are First Nations needs?
Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Unsure
Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? No

Urban deer issues have similar diversity in views and
this creates difficulties to develop management
strategies


 

Andy MacKinnon (Green)
andy.mackinnon@greenparty.bc.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Strong

I work for 1-2 weeks each year as a naturalist for an
eco-tourism company.We’re often in BC’s Central and
North Coast, and often encounter grizzlies.
Additionally, I’ve worked as a biologist and forester all
up and down BC’s coast for three decades, and have
seen many grizzlies. I’ve had lots of bear training, and
have read a lot on the issue.

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Yes


 

Josh Steffler (Libertarian)

no response


 

 

 

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Fraser-Nicola

Arthur Green (Green)
artgreen33@gmail.com

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Strong

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? No

The BC Green Party are the architects of opposing the
Grizzly Bear and Trophy hunting. The NDP WAITED
UNTIL IT WAS POPULAR.


 

Jackie Tegart (Liberal)
jackie.tegart.mla@leg.bc.ca

no response

 

 

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Kamloops-North Thompson

Barbara Nederpel (NDP)
kntndp@gmail.com

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Medium

I support and understand BC NDP’s position on the
hunt. I have a good appreciation for the economic
argument for tourism over hunting. Protecting the
grizzly bear will promote more tourism. We need to
also protect their habitat though.

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

Opposed. I agree with the BC NDP position.

Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

Most British Columbians don’t think about grizzly bear
hunting. Thankful to your organization and for BC
NDP’s John Horgan for raising awareness of the
issue. Ask British Columbians directly and large
majority will say they oppose it.

Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Unsure

I think awareness of the hunt has grown however too
many urban residents are unaware of the problem.
Most hunters I know agree with banning trophy
hunting and promoting tourism.


 

Dan Hines (Green)
dan.hines@bcgreens.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Medium

I have studied some of the research and
considerations about diversity and around the
management of wildlife and habitat in BC for many
years. As a BC Greens candidate, I recognize that we
have a complex set of needs and interest groups
involved in this discussion concerning grizzly bears,
wildlife and habitat issues.

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed,

We must end the grizzly hunt. Yet we must also act in
light of the best research and evidence to manage
habitat and encroachment issues, alongside mitigating
the changes of climate change. We BC Greens
brought forward legislation to end the trophy killing of
grizzly bears. This is not a comprehensive response
but it offered a good step in the right direction in
saving some bears and in further developing a broader
set of actions.
Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

Although we need to move ahead with legislation that
makes sense, we need to work through these divisive
issues with thoughtful processes of engagement and
discussion. We need to recognize First Nations
traditional practices within the complexity of these
respectful considerations.

Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Yes

The care of our wildlife and the need to thoughtfully
manage our lands and waters transcends political
parties as the question names here. Yet I do hope and
see some evidence that the management of wildlife,
habitat and care for the eco-system is a serious
election issue for many people in BC.


 

Peter Milobar (Liberal)
hopejril@telus.net

no response


 

Peter Kerek (Comm)

no response

 

 

 

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Kamloops-South Thompson

Donovan Cavers (Green)
dcavers@kamloops.ca
Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Medium

Mainly derived from an online conversation between
leader Andrew Weaver and U of T prof Faisal Moola.
Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

My understanding is that most of the unwarranted
killing of grizzlies relates to unnecessary poaching or
wild – human interface “co-habitation” type issues.
Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

91% in 2015. How large was the distributed survey
sample group? Telephone survey?
Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Unsure

The NDP leader is on record supporting fracking
projects and has not taken a stand on the proposed
Ajax mine adjacent to my community. Given that, I can
not trust them on an issue such as the bear hunt. The
democratic party still is in “recovery mode” in my mind
ever since campaign against the carbon levy (which
isn’t perfect but campaigning to “ax it” without an
alternative plan to address GHGs was not smart).


 

Nancy Bepple (NDP)
nancy.bepple@bcndp.ca

no response


 

Todd Stone (Liberal)
todd.stone.mla@leg.bc.ca

no response


 

Beat Klossner (Comm)

no response

 

 

 

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Kelowna West

Robert Mellalieu (Green)
robert.mellalieu@greenparty.bc.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Medium

I believe that my job is to thoughtfully contribute to
debates and make decisions on the best data
available. Wildlife Management issues are very
complex and require comprehensive analysis. The
protection of wildlife and biodiversity is critical to the
BC Greens. Leader Andrew Weaver has worked on
this file since he was first elected.

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

I and the BC Greens believe we must end the grizzly
hunt, but that alone is not enough. If we fail to also
address their habitat and food supply – especially with
climate change further threatening essential salmon
and huckleberry stocks – road kill rates, or poaching
incidents, we will fail to protect bears. In 2015, the BC
Greens introduced a bill that sought to end the trophy
killing of grizzly bears altogether. Working to create
meaningful progress for this file within the existing
political and legislative reality in BC, it made changes
that would have created crippling logistical for barriers
to hunters coming to BC to kill grizzlies. This was not a
perfect solution, but it was a realistic and feasible
piece of legislation that could have been enacted
immediately, had the government chosen to carry it
forward. If passed, it would have saved hundreds of
grizzlies while broader discussions on the appropriate
management of grizzlies could have taken place. Until
the balance of nature is resolved there be from time to
time a cull required and I grudgingly accept this
situation.
Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

This is a contentious issue, but it is very important that
discussions between diverging sides proceed with
respect. This is an approach BC Greens take to all
issues. It is very important that we do not alienate or
discriminate against First Nations who may have had
grizzly hunting as part of their traditional practices.
Likewise, We strongly believe traditional laws should
be followed and respected, such as the Coastal First
Nation ban on trophy bear hunting in their territory.
Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? No

I feel the citizens of BC have been told again and
again that the only things that matter are Jobs and
Economy – implying that we can’t have proper
stewardship AND Jobs and Economy. I endorse the
BC Green Party’s view of a 7 generation outlook on
policies like this


 

Shelley Cook (NDP)
shelley.cook@bcndp.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Strong

The killing of grizzly bears for trophies is about more
than numbers, there is an economic, moral and
emotional aspect to the hunt.

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

My New Democrat colleagues and I are committed to
banning the trophy hunting of grizzly bears. We have
introduced legislation that would ensure stable funding
and planning for wildlife and habitat management. It’s
about choices. We can build a bigger and stronger
destination tourism industry in this province, and we
can do that while supporting Frist Nations and hunters
who are out there putting food in their freezers.
Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

It’s time to end the grizzly bear trophy hunt in B.C. It’s
something British Columbians agree on, because it’s
the right thing to do. We have a proud outdoor
heritage that includes hunting and fishing and we have
a booming eco-tourism industry. We could create
even more jobs and welcome many more guests, by
ending the grizzly bear trophy hunt, and that’s
something my New Democrat colleagues and I pledge
to do.

Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Yes

Our announcement to ban the grizzly trophy hunt is
where most people are at in BC. It’s the right thing to
do. 9 in 10 British Columbians do not support trophy
hunting of B.C.’s iconic grizzly bears, and neither do
we.

 

 

 

Kristy Clark (Liberal)
premier@gov.bc.ca

no response

 

 

 

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Kelowna-Lake Country

Alison Shaw (Green)
flipsidesustainability@gmail.com

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Medium

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Yes,

And the Greens


 

Erik Olesen (NDP)
erik.olesen@bcndp.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Medium

Through meeting with people in the community and
being knowledgeable with trophy hunting and the
effects of it.
Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

I am opposed to trophy hunting of grizzly bears and
will support the ban of such acts. I believe that the
conservation of wildlife and their habitat has been
forgotten and we need together to protect this through
working closely with wildlife professionals and groups
to ensure proper funding as well as planning is
completed for habitat management in our province.
Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

I believe that the people in our province support the
ban of trophy hunting as our province is built on a
fantastic outdoors lifestyle that is rich in heritage which
is inclusive of hiking, fishing, wildlife sightseeing and
many more activities in a great eco-tourism community
we have throughout Beautiful British Columbia.

Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Yes

Our party and the Leader John Horgan have made a
commitment to British Columbian’s to Ban Grizzly
Bear Trophy Hunting and I stand behind that
commitment. When 9 out of 10 British Columbian’s do
not support trophy hunting of grizzly bears as do I then
we need to react.


 

Norm Letnick (Liberal)
norm.letnick.mla@leg.bc.ca

no response

 

 

 

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Kelowna-Mission

Rainer Wilkins (Green)
rainer.wilkins@greenparty.bc.ca
Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Medium

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Unsure


 

Steve Thomson (Liberal)
steve.thomson.mla@leg.bc.ca

no response

 

 

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Kootenay East

Keith Komar (Libertarian)
keith.komar.1971@gmail.com

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Not Strong

Since being asked about this I have gotten a lot of
informed information on this issue, but before going
into the survey I was not that well informed.

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? In favour

After speaking to many people on this issue, the best
advice I received was from a former conservation
officer who gave me a very in depth analysis of this
issue from an inside point of view. His take on this was
that the grizzly hunt is well within the sustainable limits
of hunting these animals and that a greater concern
would be their habitat loss. He would ask us all to
forego emotions an this issue and understand more of
the science behind this issue. He goes into great
detail on the subject by I will refrain from going to far
into the rabbit hole here. I will quote one paragraph
from his reply to me. “I have always said that a hunted
population is a respectful population. I think that even
if we had a limited hunt here in the Nechako Valley we
would have fewer conflicts with agricultural operations,
hunters and landowners. Further a hunt would allow
some of the problem bears to be removed through a
process that would have both economic benefit and
also put some value on the recourse once removed.
Currently the COS either removes the carcasses to
the landfill or dumps them back in the bush. What a
waste!”
Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Unsure

I have not seen the empirical data behind your survey
so I cannot say whether it is valid. What demographic
did you question? Where were these people in the
survey from? There are many variables here so I
cannot be sure on this.

Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? No

I do not see this as a main issue this election. We
have many serious economic and social problems that
will take precedent over this issue in my opinion. I in
fact do not see it as an issue at all. I believe the
provincial government involves itself too much in
things that are best left to local municipalities.I do find
that you r poll is quite skewed and leading. I do not
appreciate the heavy handed nature it is written in, nor
do I like the moral high horse this seems to sit upon.
You should never legislate your morality on another
person. I feel as long as the Grizzly Hunt is conducted
with respect and population replenishment is adhered
to, then the hunt should continue.


 

Randal Macnair (NDP)
randal.macnair@bcndp.ca

no response


 

Tom Shypitka (Liberal)
tom.shypitka@bcliberals.com

no response

 

 

 

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Kootenay West

Katrine Conroy (NDP)
katrine.conroy.mla@leg.bc.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Strong

As the opposition critic for hunting and habitat
conservation I have had the opportunity to talk about
the issue of Grizzly bear hunting with many people
across the province, people who agree with it and
those who dont. Even most hunters I talk to don’t
agree with the trophy hunt of the grizzly bear.

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

We are committed to the ban of the trophy hunting of
the grizzly bear. I have also introduced legislation that
will ensure stable funding and planning for wildlife and
habitat management. The conservation of our wildlife
and their habitat has been neglected and we need to
ensure we work together, all groups involved with
wildlife and the outdoors. I believe we can have a bear
viewing industry while also respecting First Nations
and hunters who are sustenance hunters.

Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

I think BC has spoken loud and clear that it is time to
end the trophy hunt of Grizzly bears. Its the right thing
to do. We have a proud heritage of being in the
outdoors that includes hunting, fishing, hiking and an
vibrant eco-tourism community. The numbers show
we can create more jobs by ending the Trophy hunt
and if elected we will do just that.

Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Yes

9 out of 10 people support the ban of the trophy hunt
of the grizzly bear. We agree. Our Leader, John
Horgan has made a commitment to ban the Trophy
Hunt and our caucus is solidly behind him.

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Langford-Juan de Fuca

John Horgan (NDP)
john.horgan.mla@leg.bc.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Strong

The killing of grizzly bears for trophies is about more
than numbers, there is an economic, moral and
emotional aspect to the hunt.

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

My New Democrat colleagues and I are committed to
banning the trophy hunting of grizzly bears. We have
introduced legislation that would ensure stable funding
and planning for wildlife and habitat management. It’s
about choices. We can build a bigger and stronger
destination tourism industry in this province, and we
can do that while supporting Frist Nations and hunters
who are out there putting food in their freezers.

Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

It’s time to end the grizzly bear trophy hunt in B.C. It’s
something British Columbians agree on, because it’s
the right thing to do. We have a proud outdoor
heritage that includes hunting and fishing and we have
a booming eco-tourism industry. We could create
even more jobs and welcome many more guests, by
ending the grizzly bear trophy hunt, and that’s
something my New Democrat colleagues and I pledge
to do.

Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Yes

Our announcement to ban the grizzly trophy hunt is
where most people are at in BC. It’s the right thing to
do. 9 in 10 British Columbians do not support trophy
hunting of B.C.’s iconic grizzly bears, and neither do
we


Brendan Ralfs (Green)
brendan.ralfs@greenparty.bc.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Medium
Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

However, I believe that First Nations traditional
hunting practices should be accommodated in a
grizzly hunt ban.
Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes
Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Yes

I think they are, but I don’t think it will be a vote-
deciding issue for the majority of voters.


 

Cathy Noel (Liberal)
cathy.noel@bcliberals.com

no response


 

Scott Burton (Libertarian)

no response

 

 

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Langley

Mary Polak (Liberal)
mary.polak.mla@leg.bc.ca

no response


 

Gail Chaddock-Costello (NDP)
gail.chaddock-costello@bcndp.ca

no response

 

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Langley East

Bill Masse (Green)
bill.masse@greenparty.bc.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears and the grizzly hunt? Medium
Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed
Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy hunting)? Yes
Q4:  Do you think that BC voters are more likely to support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP have vowed to do Yes

 

Note that it was the Green Party which first opposed the grizzly hunt


 

 

Rich Coleman (Liberal)
rich.coleman.mla@leg.bc.ca

no response


 

Alex Joehl (Libertarian)

no response

 

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Maple Ridge-Mission

Peter Tam (Green)
peter@petertam.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Strong

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

Trophy Hunt is irresponsible

Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? No

Don’t trust the NDP, but greens will take action for
sure.


 

Marc Dalton (Liberal)
marc.dalton.mla@leg.bc.ca

no response


 

Bob D’Eith (NDP)
bob@adagiomusic.ca

no response

 

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Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows

Lisa Beare (NDP)
Lisa.Beare@bcndp.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Strong

The killing of grizzly bears for trophies is about more
than numbers, there is an economic, moral and
emotional aspect to the hunt.

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

My New Democrat colleagues and I are committed to
banning the trophy hunting of grizzly bears. We have
introduced legislation that would ensure stable funding
and planning for wildlife and habitat management. It’s
about choices. We can build a bigger and stronger
destination tourism industry in this province, and we
can do that while supporting Frist Nations and hunters
who are out there putting food in their freezers.

Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

It’s time to end the grizzly bear trophy hunt in B.C. It’s
something British Columbians agree on, because it’s
the right thing to do. We have a proud outdoor
heritage that includes hunting and fishing and we have
a booming eco-tourism industry. We could create
even more jobs and welcome many more guests, by
ending the grizzly bear trophy hunt, and that’s
something my New Democrat colleagues and I pledge
to do.

Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Yes

Our announcement to ban the grizzly trophy hunt is
where most people are at in BC. It’s the right thing to
do. 9 in 10 British Columbians do not support trophy
hunting of B.C.’s iconic grizzly bears, and neither do
we.


 

Doug Bing (Liberal)
doug.bing.mla@leg.bc.ca

no response


 

Alex Pope (Green)
alex.pope@greenparty.bc.ca

no response


 

Bryton Cherrier (Libertarian)

no response

 

 

 

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Mid Island-Pacific Rim

Scott Fraser (NDP)
scott.fraser.mla@leg.bc.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Strong

The killing of grizzly bears for trophies is about more
than numbers, there is an economic, moral and
emotional aspect to the hunt.

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

My New Democrat colleagues and I are committed to
banning the trophy hunting of grizzly bears. We have
introduced legislation that would ensure stable funding
and planning for wildlife and habitat management. It’s
about choices. We can build a bigger and stronger
destination tourism industry in this province, and we
can do that while supporting Frist Nations and hunters
who are out there putting food in their freezers.

Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

It’s time to end the grizzly bear trophy hunt in B.C. It’s
something British Columbians agree on, because it’s
the right thing to do. We have a proud outdoor
heritage that includes hunting and fishing and we have
a booming eco-tourism industry. We could create
even more jobs and welcome many more guests, by
ending the grizzly bear trophy hunt, and that’s
something my New Democrat colleagues and I pledge
to do.

Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Yes

Our announcement to ban the grizzly trophy hunt is
where most people are at in BC. It’s the right thing to
do. 9 in 10 British Columbians do not support trophy
hunting of B.C.’s iconic grizzly bears, and neither do
we


 

Alicia LaRue (Green)
alicia.larue@greenparty.bc.ca

no response

 

 

 

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Nanaimo

Leonard Krog (NDP)
leonard.krog.mla@leg.bc.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Strong

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Yes

Our announcement to ban the grizzly trophy hunt is
where most people are at in BC. It’s the right thing to
do. 9 in 10 British Columbians do not support trophy
hunting of BC’s iconic grizzly bears, and neither do
we.


 

Paris Gaudet (Liberal)
paris.gaudet@bcliberals.com

no response

 

 

 

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Nanaimo-North Cowichan

Lia Versaevel (Green)
versaevelmediation@gmail.com

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Strong

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Yes

I am voting Green.


Doug Routley (NDP)
douglas.routley.mla@leg.bc.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Strong

The killing of grizzly bears for trophies is about more
than numbers, there is an economic, moral and
emotional aspect to the hunt.

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

My New Democrat colleagues and I are committed to
banning the trophy hunting of grizzly bears. We have
introduced legislation that would ensure stable funding
and planning for wildlife and habitat management. It’s
about choices. We can build a bigger and stronger
destination tourism industry in this province, and we
can do that while supporting First Nations and hunters
who are out there putting food in their freezers.

Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

It’s time to end the grizzly bear trophy hunt in B.C. It’s
something British Columbians agree on, because it’s
the right thing to do. We have a proud outdoor
heritage that includes hunting and fishing and we have
a booming eco-tourism industry. We could create
even more jobs and welcome many more guests, by
ending the grizzly bear trophy hunt, and that’s
something my New Democrat colleagues and I pledge
to do.

Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Yes

Our announcement to ban the grizzly trophy hunt is
where most people are at in BC. It’s the right thing to
do. 9 in 10 British Columbians do not support trophy
hunting of B.C.’s iconic grizzly bears, and neither do
we


 

Alana DeLong (Liberal)
alana.delong@bcliberals.ca

no response

 

 

 

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Nechako Lakes

John Rustad (Liberal)
john.rustad.mla@bcliberals.com

no response


 

Jon Rempel (Libertarian)

no response

 

 

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Nelson-Creston

Kim Charlesworth (Green)
kim.charleswoth@greenparty.bc.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Medium

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Unsure


Michelle Mungall (NDP)
Michelle.Mungall.MLA@leg.bc.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Strong

The killing of grizzly bears for trophies is about more
than numbers, there is an economic, moral and
emotional aspect to the hunt.

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

My New Democrat colleagues and I are committed to
banning the trophy hunting of grizzly bears. We have
introduced legislation that would ensure stable funding
and planning for wildlife and habitat management. It’s
about choices. We can build a bigger and stronger
destination tourism industry in this province, and we
can do that while supporting First Nations and hunters
who are out there putting food in their freezers.

Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

It’s time to end the grizzly bear trophy hunt in B.C. It’s
something British Columbians agree on, because it’s
the right thing to do. We have a proud outdoor
heritage that includes hunting and fishing and we have
a booming eco-tourism industry. We could create
even more jobs and welcome many more guests, by
ending the grizzly bear trophy hunt, and that’s
something my New Democrat colleagues and I pledge
to do.

Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Yes

Our announcement to ban the grizzly trophy hunt is
where most people are at in BC. It’s the right thing to
do. 9 in 10 British Columbians do not support trophy
hunting of B.C.’s iconic grizzly bears, and neither do
we


 

Tanya Wall (Liberal)
tanya.wall@bcliberals.com

no response


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New Westminster

Judy Darcy (NDP)
judy.darcy.mla@leg.bc.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Strong

The killing of grizzly bears for trophies is about more
than numbers, there is an economic, moral and
emotional aspect to the hunt.

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

My New Democrat colleagues and I are committed to
banning the trophy hunting of grizzly bears. We have
introduced legislation that would ensure stable funding
and planning for wildlife and habitat management. It’s
about choices. We can build a bigger and stronger
destination tourism industry in this province, and we
can do that while supporting First Nations and hunters
who are out there putting food in their freezers.

Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

It’s time to end the grizzly bear trophy hunt in B.C. It’s
something British Columbians agree on, because it’s
the right thing to do. We have a proud outdoor
heritage that includes hunting and fishing and we have
a booming eco-tourism industry. We could create
even more jobs and welcome many more guests, by
ending the grizzly bear trophy hunt, and that’s
something my New Democrat colleagues and I pledge
to do.

Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Yes

Our announcement to ban the grizzly trophy hunt is
where most people are at in BC. It’s the right thing to
do. 9 in 10 British Columbians do not support trophy
hunting of B.C.’s iconic grizzly bears, and neither do
we.


 

Jonina Campbell (Green)
jonina.campbell@greenparty.bc.ca

no response


 

Rex Brocki (Libertarian)

no response

 

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North Coast

Jennifer Rice (NDP)
jennifer.rice.mla@leg.bc.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Not Strong

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Unsure


 

Herb Pond (Liberal)
herb.pond@bcliberals.com

no response

 

 

 

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North Island

Claire Trevena (NDP)
Claire.trevena.mla@leg.bc.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Strong

The killing of grizzly bears for trophies is wrong.

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

My New Democrat colleagues and I are committed to
banning the trophy hunting of grizzly bears. We have
introduced legislation that would ensure stable funding
and planning for wildlife and habitat management. We
can build a bigger and stronger destination tourism
industry in this province, and we can do that while
supporting First Nations and hunters who are out there
putting food in their freezers.

Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

It’s time to end the grizzly bear trophy hunt in B.C. It’s
something British Columbians agree on, because it’s
the right thing to do. We have a proud outdoor
heritage that includes hunting and fishing and we have
a booming eco-tourism industry. We could create
even more jobs and welcome many more guests, by
ending the grizzly bear trophy hunt, and that’s
something my New Democrat colleagues and I pledge
to do.

Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Yes

Our announcement to ban the grizzly trophy hunt is
where most people are at in B.C. It’s the right thing to
do. 9 in 10 British Columbians do not support trophy
hunting of B.C.’s iconic grizzly bears and neither do
we.


 

Sue Moen (Green)
sue.moen@greenparty.bc.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears and the grizzly hunt? Medium

I have followed and read about this issue for many years, but without being an expert in either biology/ecology or legislation would hesitate to claim strong knowledge. I believe my job is to thoughtfully examine the science and make informed recommendations based on evidence.

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed


There is no argument that I have seen or could imagine – economic, tourism, environmental, ethical that would convince me there is any need or desire for this practice. If we fail to also address their habitat and food supply – especially with climate change further threatening essential salmon and huckleberry stocks – road kill rates, or poaching incidents, we will fail to protect bears. In 2015, the BC Greens introduced a bill that sought to end the trophy killing of grizzly bears altogether. Working to create meaningful progress for this file within the existing political and legislative reality in BC, it made changes that would have created crippling logistical for barriers to hunters coming to BC to kill grizzlies. This was not a perfect solution, but it was a realistic and feasible piece of legislation that could have been enacted immediately, had the government chosen to carry it forward. If passed, it would have saved hundreds of grizzlies while broader discussions on the appropriate management of grizzlies could have taken place.

Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy hunting)? Yes

The Greens proceed on all matters by taking into consideration all sides of an argument and weighing the science. In this case, both point to near consensus that sport (trophy) hunting must end. We must, however, ensure that First Nations rights may extend to traditional hunting and use of the bears for a variety of reasons, and we must respect traditional law in this issue.

Q4:  Do you think that BC voters are more likely to support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP have vowed to do? Unsure

While the vast majority of respondents favour an end to the trophy hunt, and I and the party also support it, I cannot predict how important this issue is in determining someone’s final vote. For years, the BC Green Party has been the only party to clearly and directly seek to end trophy hunting and table legislation on this issue. We were pleasantly surprised to see that the NDP have joined us in speaking to this issue, as they had been noticeably absent from the conversation for years. BC Greens have done substantive policy work on the trophy hunt and we hope that voters engage in a serious discussion on this issue during the election.


 

 

Dallas Smith (Liberals)
dallas.smith@bcliberals.com

no response


 

 

 

 

 

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North Vancouver-Lonsdale

Bowinn Ma (NDP)
BetterBC@BowinnMa.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Strong

The killing of grizzly bears for trophies is about more
than numbers, there is an economic, moral and
emotional aspect to the hunt.

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

My New Democrat colleagues and I are committed to
banning the trophy hunting of grizzly bears. We have
introduced legislation that would ensure stable funding
and planning for wildlife and habitat management. It’s
about choices. We can build a bigger and stronger
destination tourism industry in this province, and we
can do that while supporting Frist Nations and hunters
who are out there putting food in their freezers.

Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

It’s time to end the grizzly bear trophy hunt in B.C. It’s
something British Columbians agree on, because it’s
the right thing to do. We have a proud outdoor
heritage that includes hunting and fishing and we have
a booming eco-tourism industry. We could create
even more jobs and welcome many more guests, by
ending the grizzly bear trophy hunt, and that’s
something my New Democrat colleagues and I pledge
to do.

Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Yes

Our announcement to ban the grizzly trophy hunt is
where most people are at in BC. It’s the right thing to
do. 9 in 10 British Columbians do not support trophy
hunting of B.C.’s iconic grizzly bears, and neither do
we.


 

Richard Warrington (Green)
richard.warrington@greenparty.bc.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Not Strong
Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed
Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes
Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Yes


 

Naomi Yamamoto (Liberal)
naomi.yamamoto.mla@leg.bc.ca

no response

 

 

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North Vancouver-Seymour

Clayton Wellwood (Libertarian)
info@libertarian.bc.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Medium
Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

I am personally opposed to hunting grizzly bears on
public lands in BC.
Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes
Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Respondent skipped this question


 

Joshua Johnson (Green)
joshua.johnson@greenparty.bc.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Strong

The BC Green Party is committed to the preservation
of biodiverse ecosystems and environmental
sustainability, the protection of threatened species,
such as the grizzly bear. This has been a longstanding
aspect of Green policy, and it’s one that I personally
find very important.

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

We must immediately end the trophy hunt of BC
grizzly bears. But we must also address at the broader
issues threatening our grizzlies, such as loss of habitat
(stopping the Jumbo ski resort is a start) and loss of
food supply due to climate change and overfishing.
Banning the hunt alone is not enough, we must also
act to protect the natural environment that is home to
our bears.

Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

As evidenced by the poll you provided, trophy hunting
is widely opposed in BC.\Andrew Weaver, the BC
Green Party leader and sole MLA, proposed a bill in
2015 that would have ended the Grizzly trophy hunt.
Limited grizzly hunting for food, as in several
traditional First Nations practices, is perfectly
acceptable. However, I believe that trophy hunting of
any animal, especially endangered species like grizzly
bears, is immoral, and a ban on such activities would
receive widespread support.

Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Unsure

Firstly I think it’s unfair to mention the NDP as the
party proposing this, as the Green Party has already
put forward legislation to end trophy hunting. I am
strongly opposed to the trophy hunt of grizzly bears, as
I hope to have made clear in all of my answers. But
while I think it’s an issue of importance, there are so
many other crucial issues facing us ahead of the May
9th election. We are faced with issues such as housing
affordability and transportation, the Kinder Morgan
expansion and LNG industry on our doorstep,
devastating poverty and no strategy currently in place
to address it, frivolous bridge and dam projects, and
big money corrupting our political system. With all
those in mind, I just don’t know that the grizzly hunt
will be the deciding factor.


 

Jane Thornthwaite (Liberal)
jane.thornthwaite.mla@leg.bc.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Medium

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Yes


 

Michael Charrois (NDP)
michael.charrois@bcndp.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears and the grizzly hunt? Strong

I have no problem with people hunting for food but killing for fun and trophies is abhorrent.

 
Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

My New Democrat colleagues and I are committed to banning the trophy hunting of grizzly bears. We have introduced legislation that would ensure stable funding and planning for wildlife and habitat management. It’s about choices. We can build a bigger and stronger destination tourism industry in this province, and we can do that while supporting First Nations and hunters who are out there putting food in their freezers.

Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy hunting)? Yes


It’s time to end the grizzly bear trophy hunt in B.C. It’s something British Columbians agree on, because it’s the right thing to do. We have a proud outdoor heritage that includes hunting and fishing and we have a booming eco-tourism industry. We could create even more jobs and welcome many more guests, by ending the grizzly bear trophy hunt, and that’s something my New Democrat colleagues and I pledge to do

Q4:  Do you think that BC voters are more likely to support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP have vowed to do? Yes

Our announcement to ban the grizzly trophy hunt is where most people are at in BC. It’s the right thing to do. 9 in 10 British Columbians do not support trophy hunting of B.C.’s iconic grizzly bears, and neither do we

 

 

 

 

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Oak Bay-Gordon Head

Andrew Weaver (Green)
andrew.weaver.mla@leg.bc.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Strong

As a member of the legislature it is my job to do more
than outright oppose policies I don’t like. I need to be
able to substantially contribute to the debate and
provide feasible solutions or alternatives. As a
scientist it is essential that every position I hold be
based on sound data. Policy must come from a
practice of evidence-based decision making, instead of
what is too often featured in politics today – decision-
based evidence making. The protection of wildlife and
biodiversity for future generation is an issue that is of
great importance to me. My research staff and I have
worked on this file since I was first elected; we will
continue to do so through the upcoming election. The
wellbeing of grizzlies, and the hunt in particular, has
featured prominently in this work. In February, 2014 I
attended and spoke at a Save BC Bears rally. The
following winter, I wrote and tabled a bill that sought to
end the trophy killing of grizzly bears altogether.
Working within the existing legislative framework
already in place in BC, my bill, The Wildlife
Amendment Act, 2015, made changes that would
have created crippling logistical for barriers to hunters
coming to BC to kill grizzlies. It wasn’t a perfect
solution. But it was a realistic and feasible piece of
legislation that could have been enacted immediately,
had the government chosen to carry it forward. If
passed, it would have saved hundreds of grizzlies
while broader discussions on the appropriate
management of grizzlies could have taken place. The
focus on grizzly bears and the grizzly hunt has been a
constant throughout my time at the legislature, for
which I am grateful. Wildlife Management issues are
really important, but incredibly complex and require
comprehensive analysis. It is easy to say we must end
the grizzly hunt, but that alone is not enough. If we fail
to also address their habitat and food supply –
especially with climate change further threatening
essential salmon and huckleberry stocks – road kill
rates, or poaching incidents, we will fail to protect
bears. By demanding a broader scope from
government and politicians we will do more to protect
grizzlies in the long term – with the happy side effect
of also protecting other species and health of our
environment.

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

I am personally opposed to hunting grizzlies. As I
mention in the previous question, however, expanding
our focus beyond trophy hunting is essential. It is easy
to get caught up in hunting debates because they are
dramatic and divisive and easily reduced to a “for” or
“against.” While it is certainly an important factor, both
morally and symbolically, and one I do not support, we
need to work beyond a singular focus on trophy
hunting.

Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

Yes, I do think that most British Columbians oppose
killing grizzly bears, but I also know that a lot of others
do not. This is an understandably contentious issue,
but it is really important that discussions between
diverging sides proceed with respect. There are
incredibly smart and thoughtful people on both sides
of this debate and we all have a lot to learn from each
other. We also have a lot of overlap, that often gets
forgotten when discussions start to heat up.
Regardless of where people position themselves on
this issue, I think the majority of people in BC largely
want the same thing – healthy grizzly bear population.
We may disagree on how humans ought to interact
with those bears, but we should not lose sight of the
common goal. A lot of political traction gets lost as
people divide. The more the public fights amongst
themselves about hunting, the more space the
government has to mismanage our wildlife and its
habitat without being held to account. We should talk
about the role of hunting in wildlife management, yes,
but we also need to turn our focus and energy to the
government’s wildlife policies – BC and Alberta are
the only provinces without endangered species
legislation, we have no laws prohibiting harming
species listed as risk, protection of their habitat can be
cancelled if it interferes with industry, the government
does not prioritize the safeguarding of populations that
are still healthy, and consequently we have more
species at risk than any other province. This trend with
only be exacerbated by climate change. It is also
important that we do not alienate or discriminate
against First Nations who may have grizzly hunting as
part of their traditional or cultural practices. Likewise, I
strongly believe traditional laws should be followed
and respected, such as the Coastal First Nation ban
on trophy bear hunting in their territory. Depending on
where people live in BC they will have different
realities as to how grizzlies factor into their daily lives.
People who have grizzlies living near their homes may
have a different take on the situation than those of us
in city centers, and that is okay. There is a space for
everyone’s perspective in the broader discussion
about how wildlife in BC should be managed.

Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Unsure

I am unsure if the BC NDP would end the grizzly hunt
as this question implies, as I have yet to see a
detailed breakdown of their policy plan. As far as I can
tell thus far, the BC NDP have just copied the
legislation that I tabled over two years ago that sought
to restrict the trophy hunt – legislation that they
actively opposed.


Bryce Casavant (NDP)
bryce@brycecasavant.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Strong

The killing of grizzly bears for trophies is about more
than numbers, there is an economic, moral and
emotional aspect to the hunt.
Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

My New Democrat colleagues and I are committed to
banning the trophy hunting of grizzly bears. We have
introduced legislation that would ensure stable funding
and planning for wildlife and habitat management. It’s
about choices. We can build a bigger and stronger
destination tourism industry in this province, and we
can do that while supporting Frist Nations and hunters
who are out there putting food in their freezers.
Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

It’s time to end the grizzly bear trophy hunt in B.C. It’s
something British Columbians agree on, because it’s
the right thing to do. We have a proud outdoor
heritage that includes hunting and fishing and we have
a booming eco-tourism industry. We could create
even more jobs and welcome many more guests, by
ending the grizzly bear trophy hunt, and that’s
something my New Democrat colleagues and I pledge
to do.
Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Yes

Our announcement to ban the grizzly trophy hunt is
where most people are at in BC. It’s the right thing to
do. 9 in 10 British Columbians do not support trophy
hunting of B.C.’s iconic grizzly bears, and neither do
we


 

Alex Dutton (Liberal)
alex.dutton@bcliberals.com

no response

 

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Parksville-Qualicum

Glen Sollitt (Green)
glenn.sollitt@greenparty.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Medium

I am aware through media coverage and some
monitoring of our legislature, however, I am not a
hunter nor do I know anyone that has hunted grizzlies
so I don’t have any personal knowledge.

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

Protection and conservation should be our primary
concern. Should First Nations value grizzly bears as a
source of food (I don’t know if any do) then hunting for
that purpose would be acceptable. Under no
circumstances should killing grizzly bears for the sake
of having a “trophy” be allowed.

Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Unsure

I don’t know if this is a voting issue for BC residents or
not, but I certainly think it is important enough to be
so. I don’t know exactly what the NDP have vowed to
do or how they’d do it.


Cory Pahl (Cascadia)
cpahl@bccascadiaparty.org

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Strong

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Yes


 

Sue Powell (NDP)
Sue.Powell@BCNDP.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Medium

I am aware that there is trophy hunting for grizzly
bears and I am totally against it.

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Yes


 

Michelle Stilwell (Liberal)
michelle.stilwell@bcliberals.com

no response


 

Bill Walker (Libertarian)

no response

 

 

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Peace River North

Rob Fraser (Independent)
electrobfraser@gmail.com

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Strong

I have a fairly good idea of the issues involved with
responsible predator management in the province.
The hunting of grizzly bears is only one part of a larger
wildlife management policy.

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? In favour

I am in favour of responsible hunting policies in our
province. As part of the larger wildlife/predator
management policy in the province, I believe hunting
is a valuable, humane and necessary management
practice. Grizzly bears are a truly iconic species but
the fact is so are all of the predator and ungulate
species in our province. Why would we single out one
species and only management tool (a ban) and expect
it to effectively manage populations? My experience
and that of many of my hunting, fishing, trapping and
outdoor colleagues would suggest that grizzly bear
and other predator populations are on the rise while
ungulate populations are on the decline. A balanced
policy is what we need not a ban.
Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Unsure

I am not aware of any evidence that would suggest
that most British Columbians are opposed to a
responsible predator/wildlife including grizzly bear
management policy. When fairly presented I believe
most British Columbians would understand the need
to hunt grizzly bears as a management option.

Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Unsure

I believe that when presented with balanced
information about any topic, British Columbians will
make the best decision. I cannot comment as to
whether voters would support any of the parties on
this topic as there is no evidence to support any
position or where the support of British Columbians
are. If the NDP position is to outright ban a hunt on
any particular species with inadequate base line
studies on populations or habitat, then they are acting
irresponsibly with respect to species management in
our province. They would be guilty of popularity politics
instead of responsible governance.


 

Dan Davies (Liberal)
dan.davies@bcliberals.com

no response


 

Jeff Richert (Ind)
jeff@voteforjeff.ca

no response


 

Bob Fedderly (Ind)
bob@fedderly.ca

no response

 

 

 

 

 

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Peace River South

Mike Bernier (Liberal)
mike.bernier.mla@leg.bc.ca

no response

 

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Penticton

Tarik Sayeed (NDP)
tarik.sayeed@bcndp.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears and the grizzly hunt? Strong

The killing of grizzly bears for trophies is about more than numbers, there is an economic, moral and emotional aspect to the hunt.
Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

 

My New Democrat colleagues and I are committed to banning the trophy hunting of grizzly bears. We have introduced legislation that would ensure stable funding and planning for wildlife and habitat management.  It’s about choices.  We can build a bigger and stronger destination tourism industry in this province, and we can do that while supporting First Nations and hunters who are out there putting food in their freezers.

Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy hunting)? Yes


It’s time to end the grizzly bear trophy hunt in B.C.  It’s something British Columbians agree on, because it’s the right thing to do. We have a proud outdoor heritage that includes hunting and fishing and we have a booming eco-tourism industry. We could create even more jobs and welcome many more guests, by ending the grizzly bear trophy hunt, and that’s something my New Democrat colleagues and I pledge to do.

Q4:  Do you think that BC voters are more likely to support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP have vowed to do? Yes


Our announcement to ban the grizzly trophy hunt is where most people are at in BC.  It’s the right thing to do. 9 in 10 British Columbians do not support trophy hunting of B.C.’s iconic grizzly bears, and neither do we.


 

 

Dan Ashton (Liberals)
ali.peters@leg.bc.ca

no response

 

 

 

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Port Coquitlam

Billy Gibbons (Cascadia)
tbillyg@bccascadiaparty.org

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Medium

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Unsure


Mike Farnworth (NDP)
mike.farnworth.mla@leg.bc.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Strong

The killing of grizzly bears for trophies is about more
than numbers, there is an economic, moral and
emotional aspect to the hunt.
Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

My New Democrat colleagues and I are committed to
banning the trophy hunting of grizzly bears. We have
introduced legislation that would ensure stable funding
and planning for wildlife and habitat management. It’s
about choices. We can build a bigger and stronger
destination tourism industry in this province, and we
can do that while supporting First Nations and hunters
who are out there putting food in their freezers.
Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

It is time to end the grizzly bear trophy hunt in B.C. It’s
something British Columbians agree on, because it’s
the right thing to do. We have a proud outdoor
heritage that includes hunting and fishing and we have
a booming eco-tourism industry. We could create
even more jobs and welcome many more guests, by
ending the grizzly bear trophy hunt, and that’s
something my New Democrat colleagues and I pledge
to do.

Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Yes

Our announcement to ban the grizzly trophy hunt is
where most people are at in BC. It’s the right thing to
do. 9 in 10 British Columbians do not support trophy
hunting of B.C.’s iconic grizzly bears, and neither do
we.


 

Jason Hanley (Green)
jason.hanley@greenparty.bc.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Medium

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

Yes, although it should be noted that the bill tabled in
2015 by the Green Party allows for sustenance
hunting. “For local sustenance hunters – the vast
majority of hunters in B.C. – this bill merely echoes
what they are already doing: harvesting wild game to
feed their families. For non-resident trophy hunters
coming to B.C. to kill an animal only for its hide, skull,
or antlers, this Bill would create new complexities and
logistical barriers.” –
http://www.andrewweavermla.ca/2015/03/02/introducin
g-bill-trophy-killing-grizzly-bears/

Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Yes

Andrew Weaver, BC Green Party MLA for Oak Bay-
Gordon Head, introduced a bill in spring 2015 to
address this issue that “would remove grizzly bears
from the list of animals exempt from meat harvesting
regulations. Hunters are already required to remove
the edible portions from black bears. This bill would
bring meat harvesting standards for grizzly bears up to
the same level.” –
http://www.andrewweavermla.ca/2015/03/02/introducin
g-bill-trophy-killing-grizzly-bears/ I’m very pleased to
see that other parties have stepped up in the
meantime.


 

Lewis Dahlby (Libertarian)

no response

 

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Port Moody-Coquitlam

Rick Glumac (NDP)
rglumac@portmoody.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Medium

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Yes


 

Linda Reimer (Liberal)
linda.reimer.mla@leg.bc.ca

no response

 

 

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Powell River-Sunshine Coast

Nicholas Simons (NDP)
nicholas.simons.mla@leg.bc.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Strong

The killing of grizzly bears for trophies is about more
than numbers. There is an economic, moral and
emotional aspect to the hunt.

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

My New Democrat colleagues and I are committed to
banning the trophy hunting of grizzly bears. We have
introduced legislation that would ensure stable funding
and planning for wildlife and habitat management. It is
about choices. We can build a bigger and stronger
destination tourism industry in this province and we
can do that while supporting First Nations and hunters
who are out there putting food in their freezers.

Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

It is time to end the grizzly bear trophy hunt in B.C. It
is something British Columbians agree on; it is the
right thing to do. We have a proud outdoor heritage
that includes hunting and fishing and we have a
booming eco-tourism industry. We could create even
more jobs and welcome many more guests, by ending
the grizzly bear trophy hunt and that is something my
New Democrat colleagues and I pledge to do.

Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Yes

Our announcement to ban the grizzly trophy hunt is
where most people are at in B.C. It is the right thing to
do. Nine out of ten British Columbians do not support
trophy hunting of B.C.’s iconic grizzly bears and
neither do we.


Mathew Wilson (Liberal)
mathew.wilson@bcliberals.com

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Strong

I have grown up in a rural part of the coast and am
well aware of grizzlies and the hunt.
Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

I am opposed to trophy hunting of any animal. I
support wildlife management done with full
engagement of the local First Nations, like the Great
Bear Rainforest.
Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? No

Most British Columbians live in urban areas, where
they may have never seen a grizzly or black bear.
Many of them do not support any hunting, or even
farming of animals. I come from a family in a rural
area that has been engaged in organic farming for
decades.
Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Unsure

I am not in a position to comment on other party’s
positions, however I do know that the BC Liberal Party
has a comprehensive wildlife management plan that
includes First Nations’ input, and I support that.


Kim Darwin (Green)
kim.darwin@greenparty.bc.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Not Strong

Since becoming a BC Green candidate, I have been
learning about so many issues affecting BC. I
conducted an online review and reviewed Andrew
Weavers great work on Grizzly Bear hunt. My
goodness, Wildlife management is extremely
complex!Part of the reason I am running as a BC
Green candidate is that the BC Greens are the only
party who has consistently advocated for the
protection of the environment, including protection of
wildlife and biodiversity.

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

Grizzly Hunting should be stopped immediately!
Furthermore, we must take strong action and Climate
Action to protect the grizzly foraging grounds. Last
year for the first time ever, we had a grizzly encounter
in our community. It was a serious wake-up call that
these bears are having to move further from their
territory to find food. As you are aware the BC Greens
tabled a Bill in 2015 calling to end the trophy grizzly
bear hunt. Unfortunately, the bill was not passed which
has sadly resulted in more grizzly deaths.

Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

I am sure both sides of the discussion are very
passionate about their stance (I know I am). However,
In order to find a solution, we must be able to
communicate in a respectful way, despite differences
of opinion. This approach is the BC Green’s way. We
also must respect First Nations traditions and
decisions relating to grizzly hunting.

Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Unsure

Unfortunately, with so many issues affecting British
Columbians, I am unsure if this issue will be the
driving factor that sways their vote. I hope it will be an
integral part of the discussion affecting voting
decisions. We are a province of animal lovers. The
survey mentioned the NDP support to end grizzly
hunting in your question which annoys me somewhat
that you have singled out the NDP. Andrew Weaver
as a BC Green has done a great deal to further the
advancements to end trophy hunting and protect the
grizzly bears, including tabling a bill in the legislature.
Although it is nice to see the NDP join in support
during an election year, it would be nice to see credit
where credit is due and a more non-partisan approach
to the survey.


 

Reuben Richards (Cascadia)
rrichards@bccascadiaparty.org

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Strong
Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed
Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes
Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Yes

 

 

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Prince George-Mackenzie

Mike Morris (Liberal)
mike.morris.mla@leg.bc.ca

no response


 

Bobby Deepak (NDP)
bobby.deepak@bcndp.ca

no response

 

 

 

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Prince George-Valemount

Natalie Fletcher (NDP)
natalie.fletcher@bcndp.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Medium
Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed
Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes
Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Yes


 

Shirley Bond (Liberal)
shirley.bond.mla@leg.bc.ca

no response

 

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Richmond North Centre

Lyren Chiu (NDP)
lyren.chiu@bcndp.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Strong

The killing of grizzly bears for trophies is about more
than numbers, there is an economic, moral and
emotional aspect to the hunt.

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

My New Democrat colleagues and I are committed to
banning the trophy hunting of grizzly bears. We have
introduced legislation that would ensure stable funding
and planning for wildlife and habitat management. It’s
about choices. We can build a bigger and stronger
destination tourism industry in this province, and we
can do that while supporting First Nations and hunters
who are out there putting food in their freezers.
Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

It’s time to end the grizzly bear trophy hunt in B.C. It’s
something British Columbians agree on, because it’s
the right thing to do. We have a proud outdoor
heritage that includes hunting and fishing and we have
a booming eco-tourism industry. We could create
even more jobs and welcome many more guests, by
ending the grizzly bear trophy hunt, and that’s
something my New Democrat colleagues and I pledge
to do.

Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Yes

Our announcement to ban the grizzly trophy hunt is
where most people are at in BC. It’s the right thing to
do. 9 in 10 British Columbians do not support trophy
hunting of B.C.’s iconic grizzly bears, and neither do
we


 

Teresa Wat (Liberal)
teresa.wat.mla@leg.bc.ca

no response


 

 

 

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Richmond South Centre

 

Greg Powell (Green)

greg.powell@greenparty.bc.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears and the grizzly hunt? Medium
I’m more familiar with the role of grizzly bears for ecosystem integrity than I am with statistics of the hunt, for example. I and BC Greens hope to contribute to the debate based on the best available data, and to make the data available to all who wish to participate in the debate.
Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed
Grizzly bears represent a vital part of beautiful BC ecosystems. Hunting them for trophy should not be permitted. We should go further and ensure grizzly habitat is protected from various pressures. The BC Greens introduced a bill in 2015 that sought to end the trophy killing of grizzly bears. If passed, it would have saved hundreds of grizzlies. Furthermore, it could have led to broader discussions on the appropriate management of grizzlies and grizzly habitat.
Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy hunting)? Yes
I believe there is divergence among British Columbians on this issue, as with most issues. BC Greens seek to bridge seemingly opposing views by finding common interests that create a path for moving forward. Indigenous peoples in what is now known as BC have traditional hunting practices that the government must respect. These practices, as far as I know, are not for trophy.
Q4:  Do you think that BC voters are more likely to support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP have vowed to do? Yes
The BC Greens introduced a bill to end the trophy hunt, based on principles (rather than popularity). We are pleased to see the NDP join the BC Greens’ position on this issue and we would gladly collaborate to ensure grizzlies and grizzly habitat are protected from trophy hunting, and that such measures are supported by BC voters.
 

 


Linda Reid (Liberal)
linda.reid.mla@leg.bc.ca

no response


Chak Au (NDP)
chak.au@bcndp.ca

no response


 

 

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Richmond-Queensborough

Aman Singh (NDP)
aman.singh@bcndp.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Strong

I moved to BC because of its incredible beauty and its
majestic animals are a part of that. I don’t believe that
there is any justification for trophy hunting.

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

Have always been strongly opposed.

Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

Yes it and the right thing to do and I believe that most
people in BC believe the same.

Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Yes

Regardless of the political angle, it’s the right thing to
do and I am proud to be part of the NDP for taking this
step.


 

Michael Wolfe (Green)
michael.wolfe@greenparty.bc.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears and the grizzly hunt?  Strong

BC resident for 35 years. Educated in the field of conservation biology. Teacher of Environmental Science and Biology 11/12

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

Especially when it is for sport(?) = trophy hunting.

Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy hunting)? Yes

Even the people I know who go hunting for deer, moose and geese, oppose bear hunting.

Q4:  Do you think that BC voters are more likely to support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP have vowed to do? Yes

I know of people (with strong opposition) who are making this one of their major items for this coming election.


 

 

Jas Johal (Liberal)
jas.johal@bcliberals.com

no response

 

 

 

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Richmond-Steveston

Kelly Greene (NDP)
kelly.greene@bcndp.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Strong

The killing of grizzly bears for trophies is about more
than numbers, there is an economic, moral and
emotional aspect to the hunt.

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

My New Democrat colleagues and I are committed to
banning the trophy hunting of grizzly bears. We have
introduced legislation that would ensure stable funding
and planning for wildlife and habitat management. It’s
about choices. We can build a bigger and stronger
destination tourism industry in this province, and we
can do that while supporting Frist Nations and hunters
who are out there putting food in their freezers.
Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

It’s time to end the grizzly bear trophy hunt in B.C. It’s
something British Columbians agree on, because it’s
the right thing to do. We have a proud outdoor
heritage that includes hunting and fishing and we have
a booming eco-tourism industry. We could create
even more jobs and welcome many more guests, by
ending the grizzlybear trophy hunt, and that’s
something my New Democrat colleagues and I pledge
to do.
Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Yes

Our announcement to ban the grizzly trophy hunt is
where most people are at in BC. It’s the right thing to
do. 9 in 10 British Columbians do not support trophy
hunting of B.C.’s iconic grizzly bears, and neither do
we.


 

John Yap (Liberal)
john.yap.mla@leg.bc.ca

no response


 

Roy Sakata (Green)
roy.sakata@greenparty.bc.ca

no response

 

 

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Saanich North and the Islands

Gary Holman (NDP)
gary.holman.mla@leg.bc.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Strong

The killing of grizzly bears for trophies is about more
than numbers, there is an economic, moral and
emotional aspect to the hunt.

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

My New Democrat colleagues and I are committed to
banning the trophy hunting of grizzly bears. We have
introduced legislation
(https://www.leg.bc.ca/Pages/BCLASS-
Legacy.aspx#%2Fcontent%2Fdata%2520-
%2520ldp%2Fpages%2F40th5th%2F1st_read%2Fm2
17-1.htm) that would ensure stable funding and
planning for wildlife and habitat management. It’s
about choices. We can build a bigger and stronger
destination tourism industry in this province, and we
can do that while supporting Frist Nations and hunters
who are out there putting food in their freezers.

Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

It’s time to end the grizzly bear trophy hunt in B.C. It’s
something British Columbians agree on, because it’s
the right thing to do. We have a proud outdoor
heritage that includes hunting and fishing and we have
a booming eco-tourism industry. We could create
even more jobs and welcome many more guests, by
ending the grizzly bear trophy hunt, and that’s
something my New Democrat colleagues and I pledge
to do.

Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Yes

Our announcement to ban the grizzly trophy hunt is
where most people are at in BC. It’s the right thing to
do. 9 in 10 British Columbians do not support trophy
hunting of B.C.’s iconic grizzly bears, and neither do
we


Adam Olsen (Green)
aldous.sperl@greenparty.bc.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Medium

While I am generally aware of the practice of hunting
grizzly bears in British Columbia I am no expert on
Grizzly Bear behaviour, population data, and have
limited knowledge about Grizzly Bears in general.

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

I am fully opposed to the grizzly hunt in BC and I
favour an outright ban of the practice. There is no
reason we should be hunting this iconic animals.
Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

I believe I share the views of most British Columbians
when it comes to killing Grizzly Bears – particularly for
trophy hunting.

Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Yes

Yes. However, the BC Greens are also opposed to the
grizzly hunt.


 

Stephen Robers (Liberal)
info@stephenproberts.ca

no response

 

 

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Saanich South

David Calter (Liberal)
david.calder@bcliberals.com

no response


 

Mark Neufeld (Green)
mark.neufeld@greenparty.bc.ca

no response


 

Andrew McLean (Libertarian)

no response

 

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Shuswap

Sylvia Lindgren (NDP)
sqlind94@gmail.com

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Not Strong

I know the difference between hunting for food and
trophy hunting but did not realize until recently the we
let trophy hunting continue.

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

Opposed to trophy hunting.

Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Unsure

It’s never really come up in conversation. I think most
people aren’t aware.

Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Yes

I will


 

Greg Kyllo (Liberal)
greg.kyllo.mla@leg.bc.ca

no response


 

Kyle McCormack (Libertarian)

no response


 

Kevin Babcock (Green)
kevin.babcock@greenparty.bc.ca

no response

 

 

 

 

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Skeena

Ellis Ross (Liberal)
ellis.ross@bcliberals.com

no response


 

Bruce Bidgood (NDP)
bruce.bidgood@bcndp.ca

no response

 

 

 

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Stikine

Doug Donaldson (NDP)
doug.donaldson.mla@leg.bc.ca

no response


 

Wanda Good (Liberal)
wanda.good@bcliberals.com

no response

 

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Surrey South

Fabiola Palomino (YPP)
fabiolapalomino@yppofbc.com

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Medium

Grizzly bear are omnivores.These animals eat berries,
insects, fish, seeds and dead animals. They are known
as brown bear in North America.

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

I am totally opposed with the indiscriminate hunting of
wild animals. They feel as us. They should not be
killed. Our society need to take concius and learn more
about Grizzly Bears’ habitat . On that way, we will
learn how to love and protect them.
Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Unsure
Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Yes


 

Stephanie Cadieux (Liberal)
stephanie.cadieux.mla@leg.bc.ca

no response


 

Jonathan Silveira (NDP)
jonathan.silveira@bcndp.ca

no response

 

 

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Surrey-Cloverdale

Aleksandra Muniak (Green)
aleksandra.muniak@greenparty.bc.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Not Strong

Although I am aware and familiar with the grizzly hunt
and the issues that surround it, I am not as
knowledgeable on grizzly bears, their environment and
their effects on ecosystems. I understand Grizzlies are
a keystone species and they affect the health of our
ecosystem.

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

I am opposed to all trophy hunting. I understand that
this is a complex issue, and believe that we need to
look at a strategy to better protect grizzlies, trophy
hunting being just one aspect of an overall plan.
Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

I feel that as we grow, and become more educated,
more British Columbians are against trophy hunting.
We are becoming more aware of the accountabilities
we have to our environment and its preservation.

Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Unsure

I think that people will be attracted to learning more
about parties that show commitment towards issues
that they consider important to them. Ultimately I think
voters made decisions based on the actions leaders
plan to take, and look for the execution of policies.
People now are interested in looking at what the actual
plan is, and not so much that parties simply state their
support for a particular issue.


 

Marvin Hunt (Liberal)
marvin.hunt.mla@leg.bc.ca

no response


 

Peter Polestra (Libertarian)

no response

 

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Surrey-Fleetwood

Jagrup Brar (NDP)
jagrup.brar.surreyfleetwood@gmail.com

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Strong

The killing of grizzly bears for trophies is about more
than numbers, there is an economic, moral and
emotional aspect to the hunt.

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

My New Democrat colleagues and I are committed to
banning the trophy hunting of grizzly bears. We have
introduced legislation that would ensure stable funding
and planning for wildlife and habitat management. It’s
about choices. We can build a bigger and stronger
destination tourism industry in this province, and we
can do that while supporting Frist Nations and hunters
who are out there putting food in their freezers.

Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

It’s time to end the grizzly bear trophy hunt in B.C. It’s
something British Columbians agree on, because it’s
the right thing to do. We have a proud outdoor
heritage that includes hunting and fishing and we have
a booming eco-tourism industry. We could create
even more jobs and welcome many more guests, by
ending the grizzly bear trophy hunt, and that’s
something my New Democrat colleagues and I pledge
to do.

Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Yes

Our announcement to ban the grizzly trophy hunt is
where most people are at in BC. It’s the right thing to
do. 9 in 10 British Columbians do not support trophy
hunting of B.C.’s iconic grizzly bears, and neither do
we


 

Tim Binnema (Green)
tim.binnema@greenparty.bc.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears and the grizzly hunt?
Not Strong

I appreciate the advocacy of Justice for BC Grizzlies to raise awareness of this issue.
Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt?
Opposed

 

• BC Greens believe we must end the grizzly hunt, but that alone is not enough. If we fail to also address their habitat and food supply – especially with climate change further threatening essential salmon and huckleberry stocks – road kill rates, or poaching incidents, we will fail to protect bears. • In 2015, the BC Greens introduced a bill that sought to end the trophy killing of grizzly bears altogether. Working to create meaningful progress for this file within the existing political and legislative reality in BC, it made changes that would have created crippling logistical for barriers to hunters coming to BC to kill grizzlies. This was not a perfect solution, but it was a realistic and feasible piece of legislation that could have been enacted immediately, had the government chosen to carry it forward. If passed, it would have saved hundreds of grizzlies while broader discussions on the appropriate management of grizzlies could have taken place.

Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy hunting)? Yes

 

• This is an understandably contentious issue, but it is very important that discussions between diverging sides proceed with respect. This is an approach BC Greens take to all issues. • It is very important that we do not alienate or discriminate against First Nations who may have had grizzly hunting as part of their traditional practices. Likewise, we strongly believe traditional laws should be followed and respected, such as the Coastal First Nation ban on trophy bear hunting in their territory.

Q4:  Do you think that BC voters are more likely to support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP have vowed to do? Yes

 

• For years, the BC Green Party has been the only party to clearly and directly seek to end trophy hunting and table legislation on this issue. • We were pleasantly surprised to see that the NDP have joined us in speaking to this issue, as they had been noticeably absent from the conversation for years.


 

Peter Fassbender (Liberal)
peter.fassbender.mla@leg.bc.ca

no response

 

 

 

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Surrey-Green Timbers

Saira Aujla (Green)
saira.aujla@greenparty.bc.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears and the grizzly hunt? Medium

 Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed
Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy hunting)? Yes
Q4:  Do you think that BC voters are more likely to support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP have vowed to do? Yes

 

 

Rachna Singh (NDP)
rachna.singh@bcndp.ca

no response


 

Brenda Locke (Liberal)
brenda.locke@bcliberals.com

no response

 

 

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Surrey-Guildford

Garry Begg (NDP)
garry.begg@bcndp.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Strong

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

If the BC NDP comes to power in May, we will stop
the practice of the grizzly bear trophy hunt.

Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Yes


 

Jodie Murphy (Green)
jodi.murphy@greenparty.bc.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Medium

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Unsure

Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Yes


 

Amrik Virk (Liberal)
amrik.virk.mla@leg.bc.ca

no response

 

 

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Surrey-Newton

Harry Bains (NDP)
Harry.Bains.MLA@leg.bc.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Strong

The killing of grizzly bears for trophies is about more
than numbers, there is an economic, moral and
emotional aspect

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

My New Democrat colleagues and I are committed to
banning the trophy hunting of grizzly bears. We have
introduced legislation that would ensure stable funding
and planning for wildlife and habitat management. It’s
about choices. We can build a bigger and stronger
destination tourism industry in this province, and we
can do that while supporting Frist Nations and hunters
who are out there putting food in their freezers.

Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

It’s time to end the grizzly bear trophy hunt in B.C.
It’s something British Columbians agree on, because
it’s the right thing to do. We have a proud outdoor
heritage that includes hunting and fishing and we have
a booming eco-tourism industry. We could create
even more jobs and welcome many more guests, by
ending the grizzly bear trophy hunt, and that’s
something my New Democrat colleagues and I pledge
to do.

Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Yes

Our announcement to ban the grizzly trophy hunt is
where most people are at in BC. It’s the right thing to
do. 9 in 10 British Columbians do not support trophy
hunting of B.C.’s iconic grizzly bears, and neither do
we

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Surrey-Panorama

Jinny Sims (NDP)
jinny.sims@bcndp.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Strong

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

BC NDP will end the grizzly bear trophy hunt.

Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Yes


 

Puneet Sandhar (Liberal)
psandhar@slglawyers.com

no response

 

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Surrey-Whalley

Bruce Ralston (NDP)
bruce.ralston.mla@leg.bc.ca

no response


 

Michael Blecich (Libertarian)

no response


 

Sargy Chima (Liberal)
sargy.chima@bcliberals.com

no response


 

George Gidora (Comm)

no response

 

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Surrey-White Rock

William Marshall (Green)
william.marshall@greenparty.bc.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears and the grizzly hunt?Not Strong

 Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt?Opposed

 Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy hunting)?Yes

Q4:  Do you think that BC voters are more likely to support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP have vowed to do?

Yes


 

 

Tracy Redies (Liberal)
tracy.redies@bcliberals.com

no response


 

 

 

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Vancouver-Fairview

George Heyman (NDP)
george.heyman.mla@leg.bc.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Strong

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Yes


Joey Doyle (YPP)
joeydoyle@yppofbc.com

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Not Strong
Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed
Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes
Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Yes


 

Elizabeth Ball (Liberal)
CLRBall@vancouver.ca

no response

 

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Vancouver-False Creek

James Filippelli (YPP)
ypp@yppofbc.com

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Medium

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? No


Morgane Oger (NDP)
info@morganeoger.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Medium

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

I am opposed to grizzly hunting for trophy or sport. I do
not know if there is a justification for hunting such as
traditional indigenous food hunts and if there is I may
support an exception for such uses on a case by case
basis.

Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

I know only two person who supports bear hunting of
any kind.

Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Yes


 

Sam Sullivan (Liberal)
sam.sullivan.mla@leg.bc.ca

no response


 

Liz Jaluague (Libertarian)

no response


 

Bradley Shende (Green)
bradley.shende@greenparty.bc.ca

no response

 

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Vancouver-Fraserview

George Chow (NDP)
george.chow@bcndp.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Strong

The killing of grizzly bears for trophies is about more
than numbers, there is an economic, moral and
emotional aspect to the hunt.

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

My New Democrat colleagues and I are committed to
banning the trophy hunting of grizzly bears. We have
introduced legislation that would ensure stable funding
and planning for wildlife and habitat management. It’s
about choices. We can build a bigger and stronger
destination tourism industry in this province, and we
can do that while supporting First Nations and hunters
who are out there putting food in their freezers.

Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

It’s time to end the grizzly bear trophy hunt in B.C. It’s
something British Columbians agree on, because it’s
the right thing to do. We have a proud outdoor
heritage that includes hunting and fishing and we have
a booming eco-tourism industry. We could create
even more jobs and welcome many more guests, by
ending the grizzly bear trophy hunt, and that’s
something my New Democrat colleagues and I pledge
to do.

Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Yes

Our announcement to ban the grizzly trophy hunt is
where most people are at in BC. It’s the right thing to
do. 9 in 10 British Columbians do not support trophy
hunting of B.C.’s iconic grizzly bears, and neither do
we


 

Eric Kolotyluk (Green)
eric.kolotyluk@greenparty.bc.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Not Strong

Remotely aware, but not well informed.

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

In general, I am not in favor of sport hunting of
animals, especially for trophy purposes.

Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

Just a guess, but I have not seen any polling data on
this subject.

Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Yes

Just a guess, but I have not seen any polling data on
this subject.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Suzanne Anton (Liberal)
jag.minister@gov.bc.ca

no response


 

Harpeet Bajwa (YPP)

no response

 

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Vancouver-Hastings

Shane Simpson (NDP)
shane.simpson.mla@leg.bc.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Strong
Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed
Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes
Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Yes


 

David Wong (Green)
david.wong@greenparty.bc.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Medium
Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

There’s no need to kill our majestic creatures for any
reason… other than in situations of life and death

Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Unsure

I feel that most people are more concerned about
other issues than on grizzly hunts

 

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Vancouver-Kensington

Simon Rear (Green)
simon.rear@greenparty.bc.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Medium

While this is an issue I could (and should) learn more
about, I have been aware of it, and feel very strongly
about it.

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

I am strongly opposed to the grizzly hunt. Wildlife
protection is a high priority for me, and I am
particularly against the killing of animals for no
justifiable purpose, such as the grizzly hunt. My family
is from Revelstoke, BC, which has ingrained in me a
strong appreciation for grizzlies, and made me aware
of how threatened they are by human activity. BC
Greens believe we must end the grizzly hunt, but that
alone is not enough. If we fail to also address their
habitat and food supply – especially with climate
change further threatening essential salmon and
huckleberry stocks – road kill rates, or poaching
incidents, we will fail to protect bears. In 2015, the BC
Greens introduced a bill that sought to end the trophy
killing of grizzly bears altogether. Working to create
meaningful progress for this file within the existing
political and legislative reality in BC, it made changes
that would have created crippling logistical for barriers
to hunters coming to BC to kill grizzlies. This was not a
perfect solution, but it was a realistic and feasible
piece of legislation that could have been enacted
immediately, had the government chosen to carry it
forward. If passed, it would have saved hundreds of
grizzlies while broader discussions on the appropriate
management of grizzlies could have taken place.
Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

While most important issues such as this one usually
have opposing views, compromise and action are
necessary if realistic and expedient solutions are to be
found. I am confident that meaningful legislation can
be introduced that protects BC grizzlies, while
respecting the values of traditional First Nations, as
well as hunters.
Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Yes

I think this is an important issue, and I am confident
that this issue is one of many that BC voters will be
considering when choosing who to vote for. The BC
Green Party has been been at the forefront of
discussion and legislation to end the BC grizzly hunt
for years. While I question why the NDP remained
absent on this issue for so long, I am pleased to see
they now support an end to the hunt.


 

Kim Chan Logan (Liberal)
kim.chanlogan@bcliberals.com

no response


 

Mable Elmore (NDP)
mable.elmore.mla@leg.bc.ca

no response

 

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Vancouver-Kingsway

Adrian Dix (NDP)
adrian.dix.mla@leg.bc.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Strong

The killing of grizzly bears for trophies is about more
than numbers, there is an economic, moral and
emotional aspect to the hunt.

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

My New Democrat colleagues and I are committed to
banning the trophy hunting of grizzly bears. We have
introduced legislation that would ensure stable funding
and planning for wildlife and habitat management.
You can find the bill at this link here:
https://www.leg.bc.ca/Pages/BCLASS-
Legacy.aspx#%2Fcontent%2Fdata%2520-
%2520ldp%2Fpages%2F40th5th%2F1st_read%2Fm2
17-1.htm It’s about choices. We can build a bigger and
stronger destination tourism industry in this province,
and we can do that while supporting First Nations and
hunters who are out there putting food in their
freezers.

Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)?Yes

It’s time to end the grizzly bear trophy hunt in B.C. It’s
something British Columbians agree on, because it’s
the right thing to do. We have a proud outdoor
heritage that includes hunting and fishing and we have
a booming eco-tourism industry. We could create
even more jobs and welcome many more guests, by
ending the grizzly bear trophy hunt, and that’s
something my New Democrat colleagues and I pledge
to do.

Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Yes

Our announcement to ban the grizzly trophy hunt is
where most people are at in BC. It’s the right thing to
do. 9 in 10 British Columbians do not support trophy
hunting of B.C.’s iconic grizzly bears, and neither do
we.


 

Brette Mullins (YPP)
brettemullins@yppofbc.com

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Medium

I lived in Lake Louise, Alberta for a few years and had
been educated on bears and how we should protect
them.

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

Definitely not for sport. Bears are not an animal that
should be eaten anyway, so they shouldn’t be hunted.

Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

I would say so. Grizzlies are also a great tourism
attraction and adored by most, if not all Canadians.

Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Yes

Not just the NDP


 

Elisa Calder (Green)
elisa.calder@greenparty.bc.ca

no response


 

Trang Nguyen (Liberal)
trang.nguyen@bcliberals.com

no response

 

 

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Vancouver-Langara

Janet Fraser (Green)
janetfraservancouver@gmail.com

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Medium

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

In March 2015 Andrew Weaver brought forward a bill,
supported by First Nations Summit, that was carefully
written to protect the rights of First Nations and
resident hunters in British Columbia, while going after
the practice of trophy killing, particularly a concern for
grizzly bears.

Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

In addition to the Insights West polls a 2013 McAllister
Research poll found that 88% of British Columbians
oppose trophy hunting, and 95% of hunters said they
believe you should not be hunting if you are not
prepared to eat what you kill.

Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Yes

The BC Greens want to end trophy killing of grizzly
bears. In March 2015 Andrew Weaver tabled his first
private members bill with the aim of providing
government with the tools it needs to end the trophy
killing of grizzly bears in the Province of British
Columbia.


 

Michael Lee (Liberal)
michael.lee@bcliberals.com

no response


 

Surinder Trehan (YPP)
surindertrehan@yppofbc.com

no response


 

James Wang (NDP)
james.wang@bcndp.ca

 

 

 

 

 

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Vancouver-Mount Pleasant

Melanie Mark (NDP)
melanie.mark.mla@leg.bc.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Strong

Trophy hunting grizzly bears is an issue that is
important to me and my New Democrat colleagues –
the trend of hunting grizzly bears has a moral +
emotional aspect as well as an impact on the
economy. We can support eco-tourism in beautiful BC
without killing these bears while still respecting First
Nations people and hunters who provide for their
families and communities.

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

My colleagues and I have committed to banning
trophy hunting grizzly bears and even introduced
legislation about this topic. We want more funding and
planning for wildlife + habitat management.

Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

We have done the research and know that people in
BC agree in a majority to ban trophy hunting grizzly
bears. By protecting these animals we can actually
support BC Tourism and celebrate the natural
landscape and wildlife that makes BC so unique.

Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Yes

Yes, our announcement about banning the grizzly
bear trophy hunt really resonated with people in BC,
and I think the values of our New Democrat opposition
shone through here – we support BC in its natural
bounty, it’s the right thing to do.


 

Conny Lin (Liberal)
conny.lin@bcliberals.com

no response


 

Jerry Knoll (Green)
jerry.knoll@greenparty.bc.ca

no response


 

Peter Marcus (Comm)

no response

 

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Vancouver-Point Grey

David Eby (NDP)
david.eby.mla@leg.bc.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Strong

The killing of grizzly bears for trophies is about more
than numbers, there is an economic, moral and
emotional aspect to the hunt.
Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

My New Democrat colleagues and I are committed to
banning the trophy hunting of grizzly bears. We have
introduced legislation that would ensure stable funding
and planning for wildlife and habitat management. It’s
about choices. We can build a bigger and stronger
destination tourism industry in this province, and we
can do that while supporting First Nations and hunters
who are out there putting food in their freezers.
Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

It’s time to end the grizzly bear trophy hunt in B.C. It’s
something British Columbians agree on, because it’s
the right thing to do. We have a proud outdoor
heritage that includes hunting and fishing and we have
a booming eco-tourism industry. We could create
even more jobs and welcome many more guests, by
ending the grizzly bear trophy hunt, and that’s
something my New Democrat colleagues and I pledge
to do.
Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Yes

Our announcement to ban the grizzly trophy hunt is
where most people are at in BC. It’s the right thing to
do. 9 in 10 British Columbians do not support trophy
hunting of B.C.’s iconic grizzly bears, and neither do
we.


Amanda Konkin (Green)
amanda.konkin@greenparty.bc.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Medium

The Grizzly Bear hunt is a widely researched and
controversial wildlife conservation issue. My duty as a
MLA candidate is to stay informed and practice due
diligence when approaching important conversations
in our communities. The breadth of knowledge and
research on both sides of this issue is widely available
and I am grateful for those passionate individuals who
have developed this material and made it easily
accessible to increase my personal understanding of
the Grizzly Bear hunt in BC. The protection of wildlife
and biodiversity is critical to the BC Greens and, as
such, will continue to be an integral part of my focus
this election.

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

While I respect the integration of hunting into rural
livelihood and understand the need for sustainable
practices, I am opposed to the grizzly hunt as it falls
outside of these thresholds. I am pleased that the BC
Greens have attempted to pass legislation that would
put an end to this practice and would support a future
push to reexamine this issue and stop trophy hunting
of grizzly bears. In addition to ending the hunt, we also
need to look at ways to revitalize critical environmental
damage to grizzly habitats and ensure the sustainable
growth, and economic opportunities that come from
maintaining our vibrant wildlife populations.
Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

The widely cited 2015 Insights West survey found that
overwhelmingly British Columbians oppose trophy
hunting. While it is a contentious issue and, as with all
BC Greens policies, we need to proceed with respect,
the evidence tends to favour this opposition as a
general sentiment for the population. We especially
need to respect First Nations decisions and practices
regarding killing grizzly bears for sport. The Coastal
First Nation’s ban on hunting grizzly bears in their
territory needs to be upheld and we can look towards
this ban to better understand and fight for conservation
of grizzly bears and their habitats in a broader
discussion of the issue.
Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Yes

I’m pleased that the BC NDPs have joined the BC
Green Party in their stance on the grizzly hunt and
hope that voters will recognize this trend in forward
thinking conservation efforts and vote accordingly.


 

James Lombardi (Liberal)
james.lombardi@bcliberals.com

no response

 

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Vancouver-Quilchena

Michael Barkusky (Green)
michael.barkusky@greenparty.bc.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears and the grizzly hunt? Strong

I follow C politics and also most environmental news. I also worked with the Coastal First Nations alliance for a few years, so I certainly know about the strong views held by the the central coast First Nations grouped in the CCIRA subgroup of CFN.

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed
I am very strongly opposed to all trophy hunting
Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy hunting)? Yes
Q4:  Do you think that BC voters are more likely to support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP have vowed to do? Yes
The BC Greens will support all attempts to stop the Grizzly Hunt, regardless of whether they, the BC NDP or the Liberals lead the post May 9th BC Government.

 

Madeline Lalonde (NDP)
madeline.lalonde@bcndp.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears and the grizzly hunt? Strong

The killing of grizzly bears for trophies is about more than just numbers; there is an economic, moral and emotional aspect to the hunt.

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed
My New Democrat colleagues and I are committed to banning the trophy hunting of grizzly bears. We have introduced legislation that would ensure stable funding and planning for wildlife and habitat management. It’s about choices. We can build a bigger and stronger destination tourism industry in this province, and we can do that while supporting First Nations and hunters who are out there putting food in their freezers.
Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy hunting)? Yes

 

It’s time to end the grizzly bear trophy hunt in B.C. British Columbians agree because it’s the right thing to do. We have a proud outdoor heritage that includes hunting and fishing and we have a booming eco-tourism industry. We could create even more jobs and welcome many more guests by ending the grizzly bear trophy hunt, and that’s something my New Democrat colleagues and I pledge to do.

Q4:  Do you think that BC voters are more likely to support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP have vowed to do? Yes

 

Most people in BC can side with our announcement to ban the grizzly trophy hunt. It’s the right thing to do. 9 in 10 British Columbians do not support trophy hunting of B.C.’s iconic grizzly bears, and neither do we.


 

Andrew Wilkinson (Liberal)
andrew.wilkinson.mla@leg.bc.ca

no response


 

Billy Morrison (Libertarian)

no response

 

 

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Vancouver-West End

James Marshall (Green)
james.marshall@greenparty.bc.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Medium

Although it’s not an issue that I have personally been
involved in, I’ve made sure that I’m aware of the
discussions around grizzly bear trophy hunting and the
relevant legislation that has been suggested.

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

I’m personally not a supporter of any form of trophy
hunting. Although I don’t have a problem with well
managed subsistence hunting no one could argue that
grizzly bears are being hunted for food.
Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

It’s not a matter of whether I believe it or not, we have
polls to show that there is an overwhelming agreement
by British Columbians on this.
Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Yes

I’m not a fan of proposing legislation simply because it
would be popular with voters, but in this case it’s nice
that it would likely be both popular and the responsible
thing to do. Our bears are far more valuable as a
tourism resource than they are as hunting trophies.


 

Spencer Chandra Hebert (NDP)
s.chandrahebert.mla@leg.bc.ca

no response


 

Nigel Elliot (Liberal)
nigel.elliot@bcliberals.com

no response


 

James Marshall (Green)
james.marshall@greenparty.bc.ca

no response


 

Lucas Birdsall (YPP)

no response


 

John Clarke (Libertarian)

no response

 

 

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Vernon-Monashee

Keli Westgate (Green)
keli.westgate@greenparty.bc.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Not Strong
Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed
Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes
Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Yes


 

Barry Dorval (NDP)
barry.dorval@bcndp.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Medium

I have recently had the opportunity to learn more
about the status of Grizzly bears in BC. As someone
who has had a longstanding interest in the welfare of
all animals (domesticated and wild), I am particularly
concerned about a hunt that targets a population that
is considered to be a species of special concern.

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

As New Democrats, we are committed to banning this
trophy hunt. I addition to the ethical reasons to end this
hunt, there are strong economic considerations as we
move to develop our eco-tourism industry.
Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Yes

Polls certainly suggest that we New Democrats are on
the right side of this issue.

 

 

 

Eric Foster (Liberal)
eric.foster.mla@leg.bc.ca

no response


 

Don Jefcoat (Libertarian)

no response

 

 

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Victoria-Beacon Hill

Carole James (NDP)
Carole.James.mla@leg.bc.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Strong

The killing of grizzly bears for trophies is about more
than numbers, there is an economic, moral and
emotional aspect to the hunt.

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

My New Democrat colleagues and I are committed to
banning the trophy hunting of grizzly bears. We have
introduced legislation that would ensure stable funding
and planning for wildlife and habitat management. It’s
about choices. We can build a bigger and stronger
destination tourism industry in this province, and we
can do that while supporting First Nations and hunters
who are out there putting food in their freezers.

Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

It’s time to end the grizzly bear trophy hunt in B.C. It’s
something British Columbians agree on, because it’s
the right thing to do. We have a proud outdoor
heritage that includes hunting and fishing and we have
a booming eco-tourism industry. We could create
even more jobs and welcome many more guests, by
ending the grizzly bear trophy hunt, and that’s
something my New Democrat colleagues and I pledge
to do.

Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Yes

Our announcement to ban the grizzly trophy hunt is
where most people are at in BC. It’s the right thing to
do. 9 in 10 British Columbians do not support trophy
hunting of B.C.’s iconic grizzly bears, and neither do
we.


Kalen Harris (Green)
elect@kalenharris.com

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Not Strong

While wildlife conservation efforts are very important to
me personally, I have not taken sufficient time to
acquaint myself with the specifics of the grizzly hunt.
Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Unsure

Please see my previous answer.

Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Unsure

Please see my previous answer.
Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Unsure

British Columbia is diverse and I think voters are
looking to support a party that seeks to reperesent
their values – whatever they are – and wants to have a
conversation about how to best achieve our collective
conservation goals.


 

Art Lowe (Libertarian)

no response

 

 

 

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Victoria-Swan Lake

Rob Fleming (NDP)
rob.fleming.mla@leg.bc.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Strong

The killing of grizzly bears for trophies is about more
than numbers, there is an economic, moral and
emotional aspect to the hunt.

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

My New Democrat colleagues and I are committed to
banning the trophy hunting of grizzly bears. We have
introduced legislation that would ensure stable funding
and planning for wildlife and habitat management. It’s
about choices. We can build a bigger and stronger
destination tourism industry in this province, and we
can do that while supporting Frist Nations and hunters
who are out there putting food in their freezers.

Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

It’s time to end the grizzly bear trophy hunt in B.C. It’s
something British Columbians agree on, because it’s
the right thing to do. We have a proud outdoor
heritage that includes hunting and fishing and we have
a booming eco-tourism industry. We could create
even more jobs and welcome many more guests, by
ending the grizzly bear trophy hunt, and that’s
something my New Democrat colleagues and I pledge
to do.

Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Yes

Our announcement to ban the grizzly trophy hunt is
where most people are at in B.C. It’s the right thing to
do. 9 in 10 British Columbians do not support trophy
hunting of B.C.’s iconic grizzly bears, and neither do
we.


Chris Maxwell (Green)
chris.maxwell@greenparty.bc.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Medium
Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed
Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

Yes, I believe most British Columbians oppose killing
Grizzly Bears. When establishing policy, however, we
should remember that many of us chose to eat meat.
Some of us chose to hunt, and some of us chose to
shop, which supports the meat industry. Both of these
activities have environmental impacts and we should
recognize this fact. We should also recognize the
rights of resident hunters, and the apprehension they
may feel should they perceive their rights are being
compromised. In the specific case of the grizzly bear
trophy hunt, however, I believe there will be wide
support for a ban.
Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Yes
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West Vancouver-Capilano

Ralph Sultan (Liberal)
ralph.sultan.mla@leg.bc.ca

no response


 

Michael Marwick (Green)
michael.marwick@greenparty.bc.ca

no response


 

Medhi Russel (NDP)
medhi.russel@bcndp.ca

no response

 

 

 

 

 

 

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West Vancouver-Sea to Sky

Jordan Sturdy (Liberal)
jordan.sturdy.mla@leg.bc.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Strong

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Unsure

I support the grizzly viewing industry which I don’t see
as comparable with a hunt in coastal bc. Where grizzly
populations are scientifically identified as strong and
the viewing industry is not practicable then I do not
oppose the hunt.

Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

I do believe that most British Columbians oppose
hunting grizzly bears in an emotional rather than a fact
based opinion.

Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Unsure

The NDP are not considering ending the grizzly hunt.
They have provided a work around to allow the hunt
as long as the meat is taken. I don’t know that grizzly
hunting is a ballot box issue.


 

Dana Taylor (Green)
dana.taylor@greenparty.bc.ca

Q1: How do you rate your knowledge of BC grizzly bears
and the grizzly hunt? Not Strong

not a hunter – no interest in becoming one; the only
thing I have fired a gun at were gophers on my uncle’s
dairy farm as a kid – gophers make holes; cattle step
in holes and break legs – not good for dairy
farmers;have target and skeet shot; my understanding
is the hunt is toted as part of wildlife management – the
degree to which it is that I do not know.

Q2: Are you in favour or opposed to the grizzly hunt? Opposed

no question – read Norman Mailer’s ‘why are we in
vietnam?’

Q3: Do you believe that most British Columbians oppose
killing Grizzly Bears, including for sport (trophy
hunting)? Yes

Q4: Do you think that BC voters are more likely to
support a party that ends the grizzly hunt, as the NDP
have vowed to do? Unsure

generally agree but recognize that when you take
something away, you my be seen by those as
stepping on their liberty. the case for doing so needs
to be scientific not just moralistic; done right in a
generation no one will notice

 

 

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