Friday, June 15, 2012


Local Politics

The Great White Hope 

O'Mahony gives her constituents reason to celebrate  



ike boxer Jack Johnson, NDP MLA Gwen O’Mahony is a fighter. Call her the new Great White Hope, an agent of change.


That's what having an NDP MLA is giving people in Chilliwack — hope for change.


Some people say that it doesn't matter what political party is in power, it's all the same. But not with Gwen O'Mahony in there.


Even before she opened her office to a full house of supporters and well-wishers Sunday, O'Mahony already had a hefty caseload of over 30.


She said so far the fun factor has been way up in the legislature, and despite all the work and long hours involved, she's happy to be back on home turf in her constituency.


“It's a world that's difficult to explain, but people are way more gracious than you can imagine and I've been warmly welcomed from members opposite as well and people are there to help you out so that you do a good job as MLA. I really feel supported and mentored by my other NDP MLA's as well.”


The atmosphere was jubilant at the office. Supporters schmoozed over cake and coffee. There was a ribbon-cutting and speeches and lots of smiling faces, that’s because more than anything else, O'Mahony has given supporters a new hope with someone who's known as a scrapper in the political arenas.


O’Mahony hasn’t been idle during the transition, and in fact, has been very busy in Victoria.


“There was something like sixteen bills in a twelve day period,” O’Mahony said. “We went to a three house system with extended hours.”


Now that the fledgling MLA has been sworn in, her staff hired and settled into a home base, and the euphoria of being elected has worn off, she can buckle down and start tackling her constituent's issues in the Chilliwack-Hope riding.


For the next 10 months or so, until the provincial election in May 2013, O'Mahony is going to continue doing what got her elected in the first place.


If you’re not a believer yet, just wait, she’ll make you one.



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A satellite office will eventually be opening in Hope.


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