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The Hope $1.10 (HST incl.) Serving Hope, Yale, Boston Bar and neighbouring communities for more than 50 years Office: 604.869.2421 Thursday, March. 24, 2011 Classifieds: 604.869.2421 Hope This Week Charged RCMP have charged a suspect in the string of vehicle break-ins that have plagued Hope Page 3 Justice A Black Press investigation into the current state of B.C. courts Page 5 Spring Cleaning Members of the Vancouver Japanese Gardener’s Association were in Hope on Sunday to help get the community’s traditional Japanese Friendship Garden ready for spring. It’s something the group does every year. To find out why, see the story on page 4. Mark Strahl wins Tory nomination Black Press Rock On The Rockers know how to have some serious fun Page 15 Mark Strahl was elected Conservative Party candidate for the Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon riding at a nomination meeting held in Chilliwack Monday night. Some party members bristled at the shortened nomination period, but most seemed to accept the need to elect a candidate in anticipation of an election call, possibly this week. Strahl said in his nomination speech that there was some “urgency” to select a candidate who can carry the party’s banner in an election campaign that could start “in a matter of days.” “I believe I am that candidate, and I hope to earn your trust here tonight,” he said. In contrast, his rival for the nomination, Ernie Charlton, highlighted his “real life experience” in the private sector, which he believed would resonate with voters in the election campaign as the party’s candidate would be “grilled on what qualifies him to deserve their vote.” “Yes, filling Chuck Strahl’s shoes will be difficult, but we can’t forget these were once the cork boots of a logger,” he said. “It’s these experiences that Chuck Strahl brought to the table when first elected.” Former MP Grant McNally introduced Strahl to the packed meeting room at the Coast Hotel, saying the 32-year-old son of Chuck Strahl had worked for him for six years in his constituency office. But he said the candidate had “proved to me he was much more” than Strahl’s son. “Mark is his own man with strong and deep roots,” he said. Strahl promised in his speech, QUALITY PRODUCTS - AWARD WINNING SERVICE WHY SHOP ANYWHERE ELSE? College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of B.C. A+ RATING Better Business Bureau Accredited Business Readers Choice A-List Award Winning Business if elected, he would “get tough on crime” and “put victims’ rights first, every time.” He also promised to work to get rid of the long gun registry, reduce taxes and make democratic reforms. “If elected, I will take these ideals to Ottawa,” he said. But some party members openly questioned the nine-day nomination period, imposed on the riding by national party officials. The usual nomination period is six to eight weeks. Continued page 2 1/11H CV13 By Robert Freeman ge e Geor *Some restrictions apply, see store for details. Stev a Leon y mil s Fa Wien e h T FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED. LEONA WIENS AND SONS GEORGE AND STEVE. FRIENDLY, PROFESSIONAL SERVICE TOLL FREE: 1-866-799-9728 • CHILLIWACK - SOUTHGATE SHOPPING MALL #34-45905 YALE RD •ABBOTSFORD • LANGLEY • MAPLE RIDGE • NORTH VANCOUVER • WHITE ROCK

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