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TC Votes 2022: Meet Darrell Penner, Port Coquitlam city council candidate

He's hoping to win one of six seats at PoCo city hall for the next four years.
Incumbent Darrell Penner is a council candidate for Port Coquitlam in the 2022 civic election.

The Tri-City News sent questionnaires to each candidate in the 2022 civic election to learn more about who they are, why they are campaigning and what are the issues that matter most to them.

Candidates are being published to our website in alphabetical order.

Darrell Penner (incumbent)

  • Age: Did not answer 
  • Years as a Port Coquitlam resident: 52 
  • Occupation: Retired
  • Most recent civic/volunteer work? 23 years as a city councillor. I believe I am the longest continuously serving councillor in Port Coquitlam history.
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  • Phone: 604-916-0459 

Why are you running? 

"I have been a long-time resident of our wonderful community. Growing up here, went to school, got married, raised our family and started our family business Meridian Meats and Seafood in Port Coquitlam. So I not only have a real sense of what our community is about but also what we need. Therefore ensuring that our policies, projects and developments will be in the best interest of Port Coquitlam. Controlling taxes is paramount. We are the third lowest taxed community in all of Metro Vancouver — this is not by luck."

What’s your No. 1 issue and why? 

"I think it’s a little simplistic to say just a number one. Depending on who you are, your demographic residents have varied perspectives on this. Affordable housing, homelessness are very much at the forefront. But the downloading of services and costs from the federal and provincial governments have profound effects on our municipal taxes. Reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and protecting our environment so that we can ensure our future generations have a planet to live on. These are just — I believe — some or the number one issues."

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