Voters in the upcoming Langford-Juan de Fuca byelection will have a few more chances to meet the candidates at Poncho’s Cafe on Goldstream Avenue in the lead up to voting day.
The coffee shop has been hosting meet and greets with candidates since June 2, and there are five more to be held.
Candidates will be at the cafe on the following days to meet with voters:
- June 14 from 1-2:30 p.m.: Mike Harris, Conservative Party of BC
- June 15 from 1-2:30 p.m.: Tyson Strandlund, Communist Party of BC
- June 16 from 10-11:30 a.m.: Camille Currie, BC Green Party
- June 16 from 1-2:30 p.m.: Ravi Parmar, BC NDP
- June 21 from 10-11:30 a.m.: Elena Lawson, BC United
- June 22 from 10:30-12:00 p.m.: Tyson Strandlund, Communist Party of BC
- June 23 from 10-11:30: Ravi Parmar, BC NDP
Doug Stuart, owner of Poncho’s Café and Catering, says in hosting these meet and greets he hopes to increase the voter turnout in the June 24 byelection.
“This is a key election and all candidates are very eager to win the seat. There is a lot of excitement building,” Stuart said in an email to CHEK News. “Our focus is to give equal time to the candidates and get people talking about the election which hopefully increases the voter turnout.”
In the 2020 general election, John Horgan, the former premier and MLA for Langford-Juan de Fuca, won the seat with 18,073 of 26,620 votes.
The cafe is located at #115, 755 Goldstream Ave.
Advance voting in the byelection runs from June 16-21 with three voting locations. On June 24, byelection day, there will be 12 voting locations throughout the riding. The full list of voting locations can be found here.
Additionally, to learn more about the four candidates running in the byelection, read CHEK’s overview of candidates here.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include Tyson Strandlund, from the Communist Party of BC, will be at Poncho’s Cafe for a meet and greet on Thursday, June 15 and Thursday, June 22.