Provincial All Candidates Listening Session, March 2


You are cordially invited to join candidates running in Greater Victoria in the May 9, 2017 Provincial Election for a discussion about important priorities for our region.

All-Candidates Listening Session

March 2, 2017 | 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Carson Hall in the Victoria Conference Centre

Moderated by Gregor Craigie


In a strong demonstration of collaboration, the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce, City of Victoria, Downtown Victoria Business Association, Tourism Victoria and Greater Victoria Harbour Authority have created key priorities for the next provincial government. These have been shared with the parties in advance.

  1. Increase Affordable Housing
  2. Improve Mental Health and Addictions Services
  3. Complete Sewage Treatment
  4. Create a Regional Transportation Commission
  5. Complete Belleville Terminal Improvements
  6. Develop Ogden Point and Establish Home Port Victoria


An invitation has been extended to all candidates running in Greater Victoria ridings. Confirmed attendees to date*:

  1. Victoria-Beacon Hill - Carole James (NDP)
  2. Victoria-Swan Lake
  3. Oak Bay-Gordon Head - Alex Dutton (Liberal)
  4. Saanich South - Dave Calder (Liberal), Lana Popham (NDP), Andrew McLean (Libertarian)
  5. Saanich North and the Islands - Stephen Roberts (Liberal), Adam Olsen (Green)
  6. Esquimalt-Metchosin - Barb Desjardins (Liberal), Mitzi Dean (NDP)
  7. Langford-Juan de Fuca - Cathy Noel (Liberal)

*Updated 10 a.m. Thursday, March 2


Presented by:

  1. Paul Nursey, President and CEO of Tourism Victoria
  2. Lisa Helps, Mayor of City of Victoria
  3. Ian Robertson, CEO of Greater Victoria Harbour Authority
  4. Catherine Holt, CEO of Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce
  5. Kerri Milton, Executive Director of Downtown Victoria Business Association



  1. 5:00 pm — Doors Open — Each Party is welcome to host an information table in the lobby
  2. 5:30 p.m. — Welcome and Introductions
  3. 5:35 p.m. — Moderator’s remarks, explanation of procedures
  4. 5:45-6:45 p.m. — Each Key Priority presented by a Victoria stakeholder. Ten minutes of discussion on each priority area.
  5. 6:45 p.m. — Wrap up and final comments from moderator
  6. 6:45 p.m. — Moderator thanks the candidates and audience. Adjourns the session and introduces opportunity for networking
  7. 6:45-7:00 p.m. — Networking with audience