The leaders of three major provincial parties will all speak in Langley this month, as part of a Leadership Luncheon series presented by the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce.
The luncheons are open to the public, and are being organized as part of a larger campaign by the chamber to boost voter knowledge and participation, and fight the growing trend of voter apathy.
The “Your Vote — Your Voice” campaign will also include two all-candidates meetings for candidates in the provincial ridings of Langley and Fort Langley-Aldergrove, which will be held during the provincial election campaign.
The meeting for the Langley riding is scheduled for April 25, while the Fort Langley-Aldergrove meeting is scheduled for April 24.
Chamber president Angie Quaale and executive director Lynn Whitehouse emphasize the need to have more people participate in voting, as it is a crucial part of a democratic system. Voter turnout in federal and provincial elections has been falling over the past 30 years. In the last provicial election, turnout was just under 51 per cent. In 1983, the turnout was 70 per cent.
John Cummins, leader of the provincial Conservatives, will be the first speaker in the luncheon series. He will be at Newlands Golf Club on Friday, March 15.
All three luncheons will be held in the Regency Room at Newlands. They will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and will include a moderated question and answer session.
Cummins will be followed by NDP leader Adrian Dix, who will speak on Monday, March 18. Premier Christy Clark, leader of the BC Liberals, has stated she will take part, but the date for her speech has not yet been confirmed.
Tickets for all three lunches, which include soup, sandwich, dessert and coffee or tea, are $75 plus HST. Tickets for individual luncheons will be $35 each, plus HST. Reservations are required an must be made through the chamber office at 604-530-6656 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The cancellation deadline for tickets will be 24 hours prior to the event.
For more information, see the chamber’s website at langleychamber.com.