First 90 Days of the Mark de Bruijn Campaign
On March 23rd, Mark’s campaign kicked off in Campbell River, with a packed house. Inspired by speeches given by Elizabeth May and Mark, supporters donated generously and dozens signed up to volunteer. Moderator and journalist Andrew Nikiforuk’s incisive questions and commentary topped off a highly successful campaign launch.
On May 4, 2019 Mark writes “I was invited to travel up Discovery Passage north of Campbell River aboard the fish boat Marinet. The trip allowed my team and I to learn firsthand how many Indigenous peoples experience the fish farms, and the impact the farms are having on traditional fisheries and culture, as well as the threat posed to the sport and commercial fishing economy of Campbell River. We thank Hemas Kla-Lee-Lee-Kla/Bill Wilson, Hereditary Chief of the Musgamagw Nation, and George Quocksister Jr., Hereditary Chief Gigame of the Laichkwiltach Nation for this invitation.” Thanks also to Chris Carter for filming the voyage.
In June, the North Island Green Party Tour took Mark and some of his team to Port Alice, Port Hardy, Port McNeil, Sointula and Alert Bay. Canvassing on the main streets of these towns put Mark into contact with community members who gave the tour a warm welcome. Volunteers stepped up to carry the torch for the campaign in their local areas. The North Island Gazette coverage of the tour included a video interview.
Canada Day event attenders in Campbell River and Courtenay had an opportunity to meet Greens and our candidate at our Green tables. Hundreds of visitors voted for their priorities on our popular ‘sticker station’. Hard working Campbell River Greens staffed the recycling station, as part of their annual contribution to Canada Day.
These are just some of the highlights of the first 90 days. Check out Mark’s Facebook page for more photos, and upcoming events.