A new political party has launched, and one of its candidates is seeking a seat in Abbotsford-Mission.
Marcus Halliday, whose father started the BC Excalibur Party, is an 18-year-old Abbotsford resident who says the party stands for truth, honour and justice.
“We need a government that cares about the people, not the golden handshake,” he said.
Halliday says he’s always been interested in politics, and has aspirations to run in the next municipal election.
Halliday hopes that his running for office will inspire local youth and motivate them to try to succeed, beginning at a young age.
The former Air Cadet flight sergeant and instructor has sat on the joint Mission-Abbotsford Transit Committee, and has volunteered with several community organizations such as the Abbotsford International Airshow, Abbotsford Swap Meet, Salvation Army, Life Second Chance and the Royal Canadian Legion.
Regarding transit, he wants to see the West Coast Express expanded to Abbotsford, and eventually to Chilliwack.
Taking the line across the river would also create tourism opportunities by enticing U.S. visitors to board the train and come to places like Mission where they could find unique items and shops in the downtown.
Halliday would like to see Abbotsford-Mission become a small-business hub, and would work with local councils to develop investment plans for entrepreneurs.
The Abbotsford Walmart manager would also endeavour to create bi-monthly community meetings where residents can bring issues forward to him, and he could share what is happening in Victoria and in the riding.