Monday December 5, 2011


UFV Prof Throws Hat Into The Ring 

Martin declares provincial Conservative nomination bid in upcoming by-election

Released by John Martin, Chilliwack BC


fter much consideration and consultation, I am announcing that I will be seeking the BC Conservative nomination in the upcoming by-election in Chilliwack-Hope.


British Columbia needs a common sense, mainstream choice and that means a BC Conservative government led by John Cummins; a man that long-time broadcaster Rafe Mair believes is probably "the most trusted politician in B.C."

The Liberals are a tired, spent government that is falling apart and has done nothing to earn another term in power.

But a return to the lost decade of the nineties when the NDP drove jobs, investment and citizens from BC is not the answer.

Only a BC Conservative government will get spending under control, reduce taxes and put the interests of British Columbians first. I am very much looking forward to being part of this team and bringing some common sense to Victoria.

For too long this province has been controlled by special interests and big money. The Liberals and NDP have become indistinguishable from one another. The only difference is one is beholden to the corporations and the other to the powerful unions. They are both addicted to spending and debt. It has to stop.

British Columbians deserve a real choice. And now they finally have one.

A new era begins with the election of a BC Conservative candidate in Chilliwack-Hope.

It will be an honour to pursue the nomination and earn the trust and confidence of the people to be that candidate.




John Martin is a criminologist and has been teaching in the School of Criminology at the University of the Fraser Valley for more than two decades.  He has also taught criminal justice to students at Douglas College, the Native Education Centre in Vancouver and Lethbridge College. Additionally, he has run courses for RCMP members at the Pacific Regional Training Centre and recruits at the Correctional Service of Canada’s Staff College.


John specializes in the fields of crime prevention, criminal justice reform, victims’ rights and public safety.  He is regularly invited to speak to groups on all matters related to crime and justice and is a frequent guest on talk radio and other media.


John Martin has a long running opinion column that has appeared in numerous newspapers including Chilliwack Times, the Province Newspaper and Abbotsford Times.  He has testified before the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights in Ottawa and spent a semester teaching Canadian Studies at Takushoku University in Japan as a visiting scholar.


Raised in the lower mainland, he has lived in various parts of British Columbia including the Cariboo and Similkameen and resides in Chilliwack with his wife of twenty years, Margaret, and their two Shetland Sheepdogs.


He holds a Certificate of Technology in Broadcast Communications from BCIT and two degrees in Criminology from SFU.  A long time martial artist and musician, he is a member of the Royal Canadian Legion in Chilliwack and a devotee of low and slow southern barbecue.



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