YEAR IN REVIEW May: RCMP seizes computers from Stevens and Taylor

The RCMP seized computers belonging to one former and one sitting councillor, and incumbent Randy Kamp won his fourth term as MP.

  • Dec. 28, 2011 8:00 p.m.

NDP candidate Craig Speirs (left) congratulates Conservative Randy Kamp Monday evening on his victory in the local riding.

Former Mission councillor Ron Taylor had three computers inside his home seized by RCMP in early May.

Around 7 p.m. May 2, three Mounties, one from Mission, Surrey and Chilliwack, armed with a search warrant took the equipment to look for alleged leaks from Mission council.

Two search warrants were executed simultaneously that day, and Coun. Jenny Stevens saw her machines removed as well.

Mission RCMP had been conducting investigations into a breach of trust and breach of the Community Charter.

Taylor was vocal against the district’s Public Safety Inspection Team which scans BC Hydro data and inspects homes with higher than average power consumption.

The district is facing a class-action lawsuit from residents who believe their rights were violated by the searches.

Mayor James Atebe called the incident a police matter and declined to offer any comments.

Kamp wins again

Candidate Randy Kamp won his fourth term as MP May 2, winning the Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge-Mission riding by almost 10,000 votes as Conservative blue swept the country.

Kamp gave his victory speech an hour and 45 minutes after polls closed at 7 p.m.

“I felt there was a growing appetite for a majority,” said Kamp as the crowd cheered the Conservative sweep of 166 seats.

“It’s a better result than I thought it would be. It shows that people were really tired of elections and wanted stability.”

At the final tally, Kamp had garnered 28,848 votes, over NDP candidate Craig Speirs’ 18,865. Liberal Mandeep Bhuller came a distant third, taking 2,738 votes, while Green Peter Tam wasn’t far behind with 2,642.

Kamp pushed his lead from the 2008 election over his nearest rival by more than 2,000 votes.

Voter turnout for the election was slight higher than 2008 with 53,093 of 88,555 registered electors in the riding (60 per cent) casting a ballot, compared to 51, 308 during the last election.

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