Ask the Can­di­dates

The Daily Courier - - OKANAGAN -

We asked: “Which Cana­dian, Amer­i­can or world po­lit­i­cal fig­ure — liv­ing or dead — has most in­spired you over the years?”

What fol­lows are se­lect an­swers from city coun­cil can­di­dates in Pen­tic­ton and Kelowna. (Some de­clined the op­por­tu­nity to an­swer this ques­tion.)

JOHN ARCHER: Nel­son Man­dela

COLIN BASRAN: Martin Luther King Jr. “Dark­ness can­not drive out dark­ness only light can do that. Hate can­not drive out hate only love can do that.”

LIND­SAY BELL: Nel­son Man­dela, legacy of apartheid by tack­ling in­sti­tu­tion racism and fos­ter­ing racial rec­on­cil­i­a­tion

JULIUS BLOOM­FIELD: Martin Luther King Jr. — his vi­sion and com­mit­ment to a bet­ter fu­ture.

KEVIN BOND: Mel Hur­tig, founder of the Coun­cil of Cana­di­ans.

MARK BOYER: Lester B. Pear­son who tried to make the world and Canada a bet­ter place to live in.

WAYNE CAR­SON: Win­ston Churchill. Re­gard­less of the odds, he never con­sid­ered quit­ting.

GLEN CLARK: No ques­tion about it — Jack Lay­ton.

RYAN DONN: Win­ston Churchill has al­ways in­trigued me.

ISAAC GIL­BERT: Jack Lay­ton — some­one who was com­pas­sion­ate and re­spectable

GAIL GIVEN: An­glea Merkel, chan­cel­lor of Ger­many since 2005

CHAR­LIE HODGE: Barack Obama

CRAIG HOSTLAND: Lester Pear­son for his out-of-the-box fo­cus on world-class so­cial ideas and world beat­ing so­lu­tions.

GRAEME JAMES: Mar­garet Thatcher, she was a tremen­dous leader.

GOR­DON LOVE­GROVE: Ma­hatma Ghandi for his per­sis­tently re­spect­ful ap­proach and peace-lov­ing pol­i­tics.

JAKE KIM­BER­LEY: Pierre E. Trudeau, he put Canada on the world stage.


JESSE MARTIN: Barack Obama — hon­est, kind-hearted and real. The ideal politi­cian.

DOUG MAXWELL: My mother, Bev­er­ley Jones, live sim­ply.

CHRISTO­PHER MILLIN: Barack Obama, in­tel­li­gent, lit­er­ate, hum­ble and hu­mor­ous.

JEFF PIATTELLI: Any­body who has the courage to be them­selves and stand up for what they be­lieve in is a win­ner in my books.

MAX PIC­TON: Na­heed Nen­shi, for his work con­nect­ing youth with pol­i­tics.

MARIE PRIOR: St. Teresa of Cal­cutta, cham­pion of the poor in In­dia.

KEVIN PROTEAU: Martin Luther King Jr., a man who never stop fight­ing for what he be­lieved in.

MO RAJABALLY: Nel­son Man­dela

FRANK REGEHR: Win­ston Churchill, he had flaws but also the abil­ity to lead when needed.

KATIE ROBIN­SON: John McCain, man of un­par­al­leled in­tegrity.


DARYL SAN­DERS: Abra­ham Lin­coln speak your mind and speak the truth.

BOB SCHEWE: Ron­ald Rea­gan who helped col­lapse the Soviet regime/Ber­lin Wall. ,

DUSTIN SAR­GENT: Mar­cus Aure­lius, sim­ply by way of some of the most amaz­ing quotes.

JUDY SENTES: U.S. Sen­a­tor John McCain’s phi­los­o­phy of “Just do what’s right” truly res­onates with me.

BRAD SIEBEN: Barack Obama, bad tim­ing on grandiose (ex­pen­sive) poli­cies, but a global wa­ter­shed pe­riod of pos­i­tiv­ity.

MOHINI SINGH: Ma­hatma Gandhi be­cause he was the most un­selfish per­son.

LUKE STACK: Tommy Dou­glas, worked dili­gently so that ev­ery Cana­dian could have qual­ity health care, re­gard­less of their eco­nomic or so­cial sit­u­a­tion.

LOYAL WOLLDRIDGE: Princess Diana used her po­lit­i­cal in­flu­ence to en­gage young peo­ple to make a dif­fer­ence in the world.

Win­ston Churchill

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