CANDIDATE PROFILE: Avid cyclist running for Greens

Maple Ridge resident is also a member of the federal Liberals

Alex Pope is running for the BC Green Party.

Alex Pope is running for the BC Green Party in Maple Ridge Mission. Pope has lived in Maple Ridge for 11 years and ran for a council seat in the last municipal election.

He knows the challenges Maple Ridge is facing, but admits he is still learning about the issues in Mission.

It’s an interesting riding with differences (Maple Ridge is part of Metro Vancouver; Mission is part of Fraser Valley Regional District), but some similar issues, like transportation.

“There is no (transit) link between Maple Ridge and Mission,” said Pope, who has been listening to residents as he goes door-to-door meeting voters.

Pope is also concerned about education and knows there are overflowing schools in eastern Maple Ridge. Albion area needs a new school, he said.

The computer programmer is the chair of the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Bicycle Advisory Committee and on the board of Cycling B.C. He is pushing for more infrastructure for bikes, and plans to review the Motor Vehicle Act to find ways to protect cyclists.

Pope says he’s a member of the federal Liberals and didn’t have any intention on running until he joined the provincial Green Party a few weeks ago.

The Green Party is about sustainability and living life in an environmentally friendly way while not incurring debt to get there, shared the Green candidate.

“I don’t consider myself a left-wing person,” said Pope. “There are candidates across the political spectrum in the party. Protecting the environment isn’t just a left wing issue.”

To contact Alex Pope, e-mail alex.pope@greenparty.bc.ca.

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