been an uneventful election campaign in West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to
Sky Country finally got interesting Wednesday with NDP candidate Dana Larsen
announcing his resignation.
resigned after word got out that he used to work for a company that sold
Peruvian coca seedlings. There are also videos of Larsen smoking marijuana and dropping acid on YouTube.
has not worked for the company since 2007, responded: “Stephen Harper is
advancing another failed drug war in this country, and I do not want these
harmless coca seedlings to become an issue for Harper’s campaign to sping
against the NDP.”
from Larsen, the founder of the B.C. Marijuana Party, states that coca plants
have been used for thousands of years in South America as a mild stimulant,
similar to coffee. The release further states that “it is virtually impossible
to produce cocaine from coca unless the coca is grown on a very large scale.”
in the benefits of medicinal plants like coca,” Larsen said in the release.
“But I didn’t want this to distract from the campaign to elect Jack Layton as
“I do not
want anything to distract from the important work of your New Democrats.”
It is not
known if the NDP will nominate another candidate for the riding. Candidates
must be nominated by Sept. 23 to run in the Oct. 14 election.
Meanwhile, John Weston, who has been the Conservative Party’s
candidate for three and a half years, took advantage of his early start to get
signs up and meet with constituency groups.
For some of those meetings he
was accompanied by Diane Ablonczy, a Calgary MP and the Secretary of State for
Small Business and Tourism, who was promoting the creation of a BizPal network
for West Vancouver to streamline applications and certifications for
entrepreneurs. For others he was accompanied by Coquitlam MP James Moore, who
is the minister responsible for the Olympics and Pacific Gateway project.
message, says Weston, is that the riding needs to have representation in
“In my meetings the issue of
leadership comes up again and again,” he said. “We are contrasting the decisive
leadership of Stephen Harper and the fact that he’s done so much for Canadians
in the past two and a half years, versus the riskier and more indecisive option
of Stephane Dion.