Mission-Abbotsford MLA Simon Gibson speaks to protestes at a rally on First Avenue on Thursday.

Protesters rally at Mission MLA Simon Gibson’s office

Group wants repeat child sexual offender James Conway removed from Mission.

A second public rally was held in Mission in as many days as protesters gathered on First Avenue in front of MLA Simon Gibson’s office on Thursday afternoon.

The group was there to voice their displeasure over the arrival of repeat child sexual offender James Conway to Mission.

The crowd waved signs and chanted at passing traffic to drum up support to have Conway relocated.

Gibson greeted the crowd and read a prepared statement.

“I share the concerns of the community of Mission, especially parents, regarding the release of James Conway. Everyone deserves to know that their children and loved ones are always safe in their own neighbourhood. As the representative of this area in the provincial legislature, the safety and well-being  of my constituents will always be the top priority, as it is for BC Corrections.

“I remain in constant contact with officials about steps being taken. I expect public safety officials at all levels of government to take all appropriate measures to ensure that this individual does not pose any threat, in any way, to our community.”

The announcement about Conway’s move from Abbotsford to Mission was made through a press release issued Sunday evening by BC Corrections. The exact location where Conway will reside was not released.

Missionite Angel Elias is organizing the protests.

A third protest is planned for MP Jati Sidhu’s office on Friday at noon.

After the protest was over, several people collected up their signs and moved the rally to Dewdney Trunk Road.

Six people are currently protesting in front of a house on Dewdney Trunk Road, where they believe Conway may be living.

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