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Alan Forseth was born in Vancouver, raised in the Cariboo community of Williams Lake, and has now made Kamloops his home for the past 20+ years.
In a work career spanning over 40 years Alan has been involved in the broadcast industry … worked as an independent contractor … in the mining industry … been an advertising and marketing representative … and the mobile phone industry.

He ran as a candidate for the BC Reform Party in 1996, is a former member of the Reform Party of Canada, and currently a member of the BC Conservative Party, and the Conservative Party of Canada.

Over the past 25+ years Alan has been part of constituency association boards, volunteered on provincial and federal campaigns, managed local and provincial campaigns, and contributed to social media efforts.

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John Feldsted ... grew up in a conservative family with a deep interest in arts, history, law, and where reading was a requisite to education.

I have actively participated in politics at the civic, provincial and federal levels in several provinces.  I was a founding member of the Reform Party, and transitioned from Reform, Alliance to the CPC. I have attended many conventions, and spent over 35 years on various riding association boards, and worked on and run several election campaigns.

I am steadfastly conservative although various conservative parties are not. I strongly believe that the best defense for democracy is an informed electorate. I speak my piece, as I see it, and let the chips fall where they may. Many readers disagree with some of my commentary, which is good, as they are more aware of issues.

Frank Leonard … after serving as a Councillor from 1986, Frank Leonard was Mayor of Saanich and Chair of the Police Board from 1996-2014 after. He chaired the Municipal Finance Authority of BC, and was President of the Union of BC Municipalities.

While in business, Frank served as a Director of the BC Chamber of Commerce, President of the Victoria Chamber of Commerce, and on the boards of local tourism and economic development groups.

Frank Leonard is currently Chair of Parkbridge Lifestyles Communities and a Director of Coast Capital Savings. He is a business instructor at the University of Victoria and has previously served as a Director of the BC Investment Management Corporation, Chair of the Municipal Pension Plan and Chair of the BC Agricultural Land Commission.

Adam Olsen ... is a Green Party Member of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia for Saanich North and the Islands

Born in Victoria, BC in 1976, Adam has lived, worked and played his entire life on the Saanich Peninsula. 

He is a member of Tsartlip First Nation (W̱JOȽEȽP), where he and his wife, Emily, are raising their two children, Silas and Ella.

Dan Albas … is the Conservative Member of Parliament for the riding of Central Okanagan – Similkameen – Nicola.  He is currently the Shadow Minister of Innovation, Science, Economic Development and Internal Trade and sits on the Standing Committee on Industry, Science, and Technology.

MP Dan welcomes comments, questions and concerns from citizens and is often available to speak to groups and organizations on matters of federal concern.

Email or call toll free 1-800-665-8711.


I’m Mel Rothenburger … the Armchair Mayor.  Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and newspaper editor. He publishes the Armchair Mayor opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at

John Rustad ... prior to his election as the MLA for Nechako Lakes, John Rustad worked in the forest industry in logging and forest management. He started and operated Western Geographic Information Systems Inc. from 1995 to 2002 where he was engaged in forestry consulting. 

John was first elected to the BC Legislature in 2005 and was re-elected in 2009, 2013 and 2017. He served in various capacities including parliamentary secretary for Silviculture, parliamentary secretary for Forests, Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation and Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.  He is currently the critic for the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development

NOTE ... occasionally you will also see the viewpoints of other writers ... if you know of someone we should consider, please be sure to let me know!


  1. Intresting to see that John Twig a former Socialist and NDPer is now involved with the BC Conservative party. I find it amusing that the so called leadership in the BC Conservatives welcome him and appoint him as Director of Policy and Communications, yet a former MP, and provincial President of the Party was denied renewal of his membership. That particular former MP and President of the provincial party was never given a reason why his membership was not renewed. Oh well that is life I guess.


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