Provincial Politics: Terry Becker Considers Running For MLA In Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge

By on August 13, 2011

By David Murray: Terry Becker met with the Pitt Meadows Today and told me she was considering putting her name forward for the Liberal nomination in the provincial riding of Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge. This is what she had to say!

Terry Becker- Future Liberal Candidate In Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge ?


David Murray: I wanted to say thanks for taking the time to do this interview with the Pitt Meadows Today Terry?
Terry Becker: David , it’s my pleasure. It is great to see that Pitt Meadows has it’s own community online newspaper.
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DM: Terry, I know your husband John is running for Mayor in Pitt Meadows, Why are you and John so interested in getting involved in politics at the next level?
TB: We get that question quite a bit, We believe that there are lots of issues important to us personally and to the community that make us want to get involved.
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DM: You have helped John with his business for many years. Pitt Meadows has a 26 million dollar a year budget that will need strong stewardship. What makes you feel John has the “right stuff” for the job?
TB: John has run his Law business for 31 years. I have been married to John since 1993 and have helped him with his Law firm since that time.
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DM: Enough about John. I had some questions for you Terry?
DM: What community did you grow up in?
TB: I grew up just north of Kamloops in the town of Clearwater B.C. I moved to Maple Ridge in 1983.
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DM: So you have been a long-time resident of the community?
TB: Yes, John and I moved to Pitt Meadows in 1993 and we have lived here since .
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DM: You and John have a daughter?
TB: Yes , Ashley is her name, she is nineteen years old.
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DM: I know you work with John at the law firm in Pitt Meadows. Did you have to go to school for the position you have currently with the company?
TB: I attended Capilano College and then went to B.C.I.T to get my Legal Assistant Diploma .
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DM: You tried to get the nomination for the B.C. Liberal party in this riding in 2009, but it went to Ken Stewart?
TB: That is correct. Ken lost to Michael Sather of the NDP by just a little over 200 votes I believe.
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DM: With Michael Sather retiring, do you feel if you get the nomination you will have a good chance to win?
TB: You never know, I was disappointed when I didn’t get the nod for the nomination last time.
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DM: You are a fighter Terry. I heard you had a battle with cancer ?
TB: Yes, that is correct, I am a survivor for over four years now.
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DM: Sandy Wakeling worked on Christy Clark’s provincial leadership campaign, what role did you have in her campaign?
TB: I was in charge of the local Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge campaign for Christy.
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DM: How do you feel , being a woman that the NDP has a lot more women candidates at the provincial level than the B.C. Liberals.
TB: I don’t know, We have a women leader, a women president. The NDP has Adrian and Moe.
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DM: There is going to be a new candidate coming forward from the NDP in this riding, how do you feel about that?
TB: To tell you the truth, no matter who comes out as their candidate , I have the utmost respect for anyone who puts their name forward to make a difference.
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DM: If you are nominated and win this riding , what are some of the things you would like to see happen in the Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge riding?
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I would like to see more business come to our riding. Businesses that would provide family-sustaining jobs which could allow people to afford to live and work in our own community. I would make sure that this would not come at any risk to the ALR and would ensure we would have a sustainable community without comprising what makes Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge a great place to live!

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DM: So I guess that means you do not want a Walmart in our community?
TB: Personally, I do not shop at Walmart. I believe that this kind of business does not help our community.
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I want to try and do everything I can to help promote and protect the existing businesses in our community.
DM: Terry, I wish you and John the best in both of your political ventures! It is not too often you get a husband and wife team that cares enough about the community to roll up their sleeves and really get involved!
TB: Thanks David. It is going to be an interesting few months coming up , that’s for sure.

Terry Becker- Future Liberal Candidate In Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge ?

My name is Terry Becker and my husband John and myself are proud to live in the City of Pitt Meadows! We want to hear from you, and on what you would like to see improved in our community!

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