Delta Mayor Lois Jackson has stepped onto the Liberal campaign train, endorsing B.C. Liberal leader Christy Clark during a stop in North Delta.
“I’ve been in politics for 40 years … 19 of those have been as mayor. And I have seen a lot of politicians come and go,” Jackson said. “Ladies and gentlemen this is one of the best.”
Jackson spoke briefly about the difficulties of being a woman in politics during her speech.
“The men I don’t think appreciate that,” she said. “You’ve got to be tough, and they don’t like that.”
Clark also commended Jackson for her work in municipal government, calling her a “force of nature.”
“For lots of us women in politics, she has led the way, she has blazed a trail,” Clark said.
Both spoke favourably about the George Massey Tunnel replacement bridge. Clark noted there are critics of the bridge, but said they need to keep investing in infrastructure, and Jackson’s government was a key partner in that.
The mayor also spoke in favour Scott Hamilton and Ian Paton, two B.C. Liberal candidates who served on Delta council. Hamilton was a councillor from 2002 until his election to MLA in 2013. Paton is currently a Delta councillor, and is running provincially for Delta South.