Port Coquitlam voters will go to the polls on Oct. 15 to elect a new city council in the 2022 municipal election.
Voters who turn out to cast a ballot will be electing six councillors as Mayor Brad West, Trustee Christine Pollock and Trustee Michael Thomas were acclaimed at the nomination deadline on Sept. 9.
As a result, 18 people are now hoping to earn enough votes to claim a spot around the PoCo horseshoe.
For many, civic politics doesn't have the excitement and the drama of provincial and federal politics, but those who pay attention to local news will see that municipal politicians shape the way the city looks and feels.
From the type of housing, to recreation facilities, policing, traffic, garbage pick up — even dog parks — and more, elected councillors hold a lot of sway.
You can vote on your top issue in our poll below.
The last four years have been busy in PoCo, despite the global pandemic that shut facilities and turned meetings into virtual live stream events.
There was the grand opening of the $132-million Port Coquitlam Community Centre and the upgraded McAllister Avenue project, which celebrated its official reopening last Saturday (Sept. 10).
As for upcoming projects, the city will be working on the following:
- A climate change plan
- A Gates Park soccer hub
- Upgrades to Leigh Square, Veterans Park and Donald Pathway
- Replacing the Coquitlam River Bridge and improving the Mary Hill Bypass
- A plan to see if SkyTrain to the city is feasible
However, the last four years also haven't been easy for Port Coquitlam residents.
Some recent issues include:
- High housing and food costs
- Ongoing traffic concerns
- Pedestrian worries
- Problems with off leash dogs
- Bears accessing garbage
- Homelessness and shootings
While we don't know what this year's civic election will bring, we know there are likely many issues on voters' minds.
The following is a poll that will assist us in our coverage in the coming weeks: