The next provincial general election in British Columbia is scheduled for May 9, 2017 and to help our community get to know the candidates who are running in our riding we’re sharing profiles of each candidate. All candidates have been invited to share a profile with the Salt Spring Exchange and we’ll be featuring profiles on each candidate as they become available. This profile is for Jordan Templeman, who is running to be a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Saanich North and the Islands as an independent.
Here’s a little background on Jordan:
Jordan Templeman has lived on the Saanich Peninsula all his life. His parents own and operate a local Victoria business that has been running for over 25 years, at the same time his mother managed to homeschool him and his three siblings. He grew up playing in the peninsula soccer and baseball associations and went through the 1st Tsartlip scouts here in Sidney.
Since high school Jordan has been attending Camosun College in the university transfer program for political science. As many students do he has taken some semesters off to work to pay for his education. He has worked in construction, a boat yard and for BC liquor stores.
In the spring of 2016 Jordan joined the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve as a Naval Communicator. He spent that summer at CFB Valcartier in Quebec for his Basic Military Qualifications course. Currently he attends training during nights and occasional weekends at HMCS Malahat in James Bay Victoria.
Jordan intends to spend the foreseeable future working with the people and communities on the Saanich Peninsula to make it even better than it already is.
What brought you to the area?
I was born on the Saanich Peninsula and intend to spend the rest of my life here. Its home and there is no other way of putting it.
What one thing about Salt Spring would you tell someone who has never visited the island?
One thing that always comes to mind when asked about Salt Spring Island is Ruckle Provincial park. As a scout, and as an adult I have camped at Ruckle park countless times, and each time I do I am taken back by the beautiful view of our ocean and islands from the view of the camp ground.
If you had a magic Salt Spring wand, what island thing would you change?
I would eliminate BC Ferries costs so that on my tight budget I could still afford to make it to Salt Spring more often than I currently do.
Which well known person, living or dead, do you think would be a good addition to the island?
Michael Bublé, hopefully he'd do some cheap shows in his new home town.
Which elected position are you seeking?
I am seeking election to the office of MLA for Saanich North and the Islands.
Why should Salt Springers vote for you?
I have chosen to run as an independent because I believe it is more important to put the voice of the constituent’s and the people I represent, before the voice of any particular party.
Having a representative who thinks this way could be more impotent in this this election than in those of the past. This is because there is a strong likelihood of a minority government. And with a minority government the members of party’s must follow their party line very closely and many times when this happens the voice of the people gets drowned out by party politics. If I am your representative there is no party line for me to tow. I vote in line with what I hear from you and the other constituents of our area.
I ask you to consider voting independent, and the reason is this, in most representative’s career there will come a time when he/she has to make a decision between voting in the best interest of those who voted them in, and the party they serve. I don’t have that conflict. I don’t have a party that I can work up the latter by voting along party lines, when it comes to close choices, where I am forced to choose between what will effect BC as a whole or our district, where we live, my priority will always be here.
Right now we see an increase in tanker traffic transporting heavy oil that sinks when it spills in water. We see our two main party’s taking massive donations from unions and corporations instead of directly from the voter begging the question who is truly being represented in our government. Does this seem like you are being represented? If you vote for me, as an independent, it is a vote for you. You know who represents you and you never have to ask that question. So on May 9th I ask you to stop leaving your influence in the hands of those being influenced by others. Please vote independent.
Is there a really good interview question we should have asked you?
How can we get youth more interested in politics?
How would you have answered your question?
I believe to get youth more involved in politics we need to place our trust in their hands. That is why I support lowering the voting age to 16. This gives young people a chance to choose who will represent them and I know that if we give them this responsibility they will rise to the challenge.