Candidate profile: Sandra Stoddart-Hansen

Liberal candidate Sandra Stoddart-Hansen is a consultant with a long history in the public and private sectors. She also recently completed a term on the BC Ferry Authority board of directors and has been active as a community volunteer.

The 70-year-old and her husband bought a home in Halfmoon Bay and were part- time Coast residents from 1996 to 2011 when they moved to the area permanently.

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When asked by Coast Reporter about the biggest change she’s noticed or biggest adjustment she’s made to campaigning because of the pandemic, she said, “With a fixed election date, I would have been out talking to people months before an election. The pandemic has made me take the tough decision not to campaign in a way that puts anyone at risk – therefore, no campaign office, no door knocking and no rallies or public meetings.”

She also said she’s been making a lot more phone calls than a candidate in a typical campaign and has “found it refreshing and encouraging to talk to voters one-on-one over the phone.”

When asked to pick a key issue she’s been hearing on the virtual doorsteps and talk about how she’d tackle it, Stoddart Hansen responded:

“The issue I have heard about most frequently is the inadequacy of our highway.  6,500 people signed a petition in support of a bypass route from the ferry to Sechelt. The NDP said it was not warranted. If elected in a B.C. Liberal government, I have a commitment from our leader that we will begin a first phase of construction of the bypass with a $50-million investment.”

The Liberal platform says if elected they would “review ferry schedules with a goal of hourly service on high-frequency routes.”

Stoddart-Hansen has also said she would push to use the government’s contract with BC Ferries as a mechanism to guarantee improved service.

Website: www.bcliberals.com/team/sandra-stoddart-hansen

Facebook: www.facebook.com/sandraSH4BC

Twitter: @SandraSH4BC

Stoddart-Hansen was our guest on Coast Reporter Radio Oct. 13

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