VIP Members Letter Aug 7, 2018
I am seeking your support in prayer, networking, volunteering and donations as I seek elected office in a provincial MLA by-election in Nanaimo to be announced after the October 20 municipal election when NDP MLA Leonard Krog is expected to be elected Mayor of Nanaimo.
I am a former Canadian Member of Parliament, economist, financial planner and community activist.
I. A Unique Opportunity
There is a unique opportunity to elect me as the VIP MLA for Nanaimo.
This will be a hotly fought by-election.
Should I win, the 87 BC Legislature standings would be:
43 NDP/Green Coalition (40+3)
42 BC Liberals
1 VIP (me)
II. Official Party Status
Originally, Official Party Status was 4 seats. The BC Greens got the NDP Government to amend the BC Constitution to reduce it to 2 seats. As the VIP MLA for Nanaimo, I would negotiate that it be cut in half again and reduced to 1 seat in return for my support. I would not join the Coalition.
My case would be that 1 out of 14 ridings on Vancouver Island (.07142857) is 3.22 times a larger number than 2 out of 87 ridings in BC as a whole (.02298851).
Official Party Status gives the following privileges and rewards:
1. Daily recognition at Question Period and in debates. Independents rarely get an opportunity to speak.
2. A Committee Chair or Vice Chair position.
3. A substantial research budget which would be used as follows:
a. To help develop 14 riding associations with strong VIP Candidates
b. To research best practices policy positions for every government department.
III. A Call to Action
I am now campaigning full-time. I need donations now to advertise myself and my platform to the voters in Nanaimo. You do not need to live in Nanaimo in order to make a financial contribution.
Any amount of financial support would be most welcomed. The new BC rules on political donations provide for a maximum of $1,200 per person in any year. For $1,200, you get a tax credit of $500. Spouses and children may also make personal donations.
For a $100 donation, you get a $75 tax receipt. You can make additional donations and receive tax credits until December 31.
See our Tax Optimization Table below
You may use our VIP website under Donations to use your VISA or MasterCard. Alternatively, you can send a cheque made out to The Vancouver Island Party to our Nanaimo mailing address.
If you live in Nanaimo, I would be honoured to have you sign my nomination form for Elections BC. I need 100 signatures as soon as possible.
If you do not live in Nanaimo, please network with your friends who do live here and ask them to get involved in my campaign.
I have booked a booth at the Vancouver Island Exhibition (VIEX) from Friday, August 24 to Sunday, August 26. I need volunteers to help me sign up new VIP members at $5.00 annually, get the names of volunteers and receive donations.
I want to mount a massive media campaign before the by-election writ is dropped sometime after October 20.
During the 28-day Campaign Period, the cap on spending is $55,000. I will use donations mainly for more media advertising, highway, street corner and lawn signs, as well as a billboard. We will also need to rent a campaign headquarters, install telephones, conduct a mailing to every home and business and mount a door-to-door canvass.
Besides being a former Member of Parliament, I have been a federal Campaign Manager and trained 60 Candidates and their Campaign Managers. I know how to win, but I need your support.
Let’s together put the VIP on the electoral map of British Columbia. Island First – Province Next!
Dr. Robin M. Richardson, Ph.D.
Leader, The Vancouver Island Party
Proposed MLA Candidate for Nanaimo