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Conservative Party candidate touts environment as top issue

Dave Thomas running for nomination is Sea to Sky riding

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“I’ve been saying for the last six months that the environment is my number one issue,” he said. “My campaign team has been urging me not to make it the central focal point of my campaign, and some doubt whether it will be the biggest issue in the next election, but I think it will be the biggest issue, and the issue of global warming. Right now I would be right. Some recent polls have come out that have shown global warming is a bigger concern for Canadians, more so than health care, which is usually the top issue.”

A short-list of issues on Thomas’s website finds that he supports the Canadian mission in Afghanistan as part of NATO and the United Nations, that he thinks Canada needs to start looking at health care systems outside its borders, that Canadians and businesses are still overtaxed, that immigration can help solve Canada’s “demographic crisis” but we should no longer offer passports of convenience, and that same-sex marriage is a done-deal at this point and Canada should move on to other priorities. More details are available at www.davidthomas.ca.

Thomas says his opinions on various issues will be more important in the next federal election, while winning the Conservative Party nomination in January is more a matter of talking to people, signing up new party members and then ensuring those members make it out to vote. By that yardstick, Thomas says he has been working hard the last few months.

He admits that he is probably somewhat of an unknown in the Sea to Sky and Sunshine Coast regions of the riding, where Weston is already known from the federal election last January. However, in the most populated part of the riding, West Vancouver, Thomas is a prominent member of the community. Among a long list of positions, Thomas has been a director of the West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, president of the Canada-Korea Business Association, a trustee and warden for St. Francis-in-the-Woods Anglican Church, a founding director for Western Residents Association of West Vancouver, a member of the various municipal committees and task forces. He is also active with Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver, a boy scout leader and a youth basketball coach. Thomas put himself through school on basketball scholarships, and played for schools in Europe and Toronto.

Thomas also has a musical background, and played drums for a high school band that included a founding member of 54-40. Actor Nicholas Lea from the CTV series Whistler was also a member of that band. Although he chose a different road, Thomas continues to play music at charity gigs, like the annual Variety Club dance at the Commodore Ballroom, with a band he created called The Surf Lawyers From Mars.