Dr. Bruce Banman
for Abbotsford South

I am here, now, proudly putting my name forward as the contestant for the BC Liberal Nomination for the Riding of Abbotsford South.

I want to be your voice in Victoria.

Everyone knows that I love this region. I also have the experience to understand many of the problems we are faced with are provincial responsibilities. I am here, now, proudly putting my name forward as the contestant for the BC Liberal Nomination for the Riding of Abbotsford South.

What does that mean? I want to be your voice in Victoria. I’m the person for the job. I have the experience and the passion but I can’t do this alone. How can you get involved? Click below to find out how.

Bruce’s Core Messaging

Bruce brings the experience and expertise needed to be a strong voice in the provincial legislature for the residents in the region of Abbotsford South.

Who is Bruce?

With a broad personal, professional, and political background, Mr. Banman brings the experience and expertise needed to be a strong voice in the provincial legislature for the residents of Abbotsford. As a business owner, city councillor, and former mayor, Mr. Banman is well-qualified and well-prepared to be a leader for our community in Victoria.

Mr. Banman has been a proud resident of Abbotsford since 1982, and first entered politics in 2011 out of a desire to better serve his community. As mayor, he sought to build a prosperous, diverse, and inclusive community, and remained focus on being a voice for every resident through his tenure.

In 2018, Mr. Banman again entered municipal politics, with a decisive election to City Council. However, it is abundantly apparent that many of the largest issues facing the city today cannot be solved at a municipal level; Abbotsford needs a strong voice in Victoria. Mr. Banman seeks to bring his strategic vision to Victoria to be an advocate for Abbotsford, fighting for agricultural issue, highway expansion, affordable housing, and other important needs.

Experience

We live in a beautiful city – a beautiful setting. I have been a resident of Abbotsford since 1982, and am passionate about this region and the people that reside within it. As an MLA, I can take my passion for this city to Victoria, and be the voice that we need. After being the Mayor, and now with a seat on Council, it’s become clear to me that the issues this region faces – such as Homelessness, Affordability of Homes, the Agriculture, our #1 Freeway, and the University of the Fraser Valley – are all beyond the city’s control. These are provincial responsibilities. I have extensive experience in the political field, and I’ve run my own business for years and understand the needs of the small business owner.

I have dedicated a significant amount of my life to serving and improving our great region, and am the person for the job when it comes to being our voice in Victoria.

Community Focus

It’s no secret that farming takes a lot of hard work. Now, it takes a lot of specialized knowledge and equipment. It’s important to understand that we are some of the most expensive farmland – we have to be far more effective, with the cost of land adding to the bottom line of farming. Even in spite of that disadvantage, we have some of the most sucessful agriculture in Canada. We have the highest farm gate, and the highest sales per acre of any other region in Canada… by 3 times!

That’s not to say that the other regions are important, but it’s clear that Abbotsford knows a thing or two about farming. We need to take those voices to Victoria, and in some cases the federal government as well. This region goes from the Vedder Canal, all the way to 248th St, including much of the Township of Langley.

Our agriculture is imperative to this region. We need someone that not only understands the culture, but will listen to the farmers and relay that information to Victoria – for you.

Strategic Vision

We have to face the painful reality that we live in one of the most expensive regions in North America. There’s an affordability problem in the entire Fraser Valley due to increased demand for housing and has a direct correlation to the vacancy rates. As we watch the prices go up, we’re forcing people from their homes. We need to streamline ways to cut development time for projects coming into this city and avoid the increased costs being passed onto the consumer.

Many of those in our homeless population have mental illness and drug addictions, and there is no one single answer for this – but what we’re doing now isn’t working. In spite of the efforts that have been made, the number of those becoming homeless is contintuing to rise disproportionately to the population. We need to look at this in a totally different way.

Bruce’s Core Messaging

Bruce brings the experience and expertise needed to be a strong voice in the provincial legislature for the residents in the region of Abbotsford South.

Who is Bruce?

With a broad personal, professional, and political background, Mr. Banman brings the experience and expertise needed to be a strong voice in the provincial legislature for the residents of Abbotsford. As a business owner, city councillor, and former mayor, Mr. Banman is well-qualified and well-prepared to be a leader for our community in Victoria.

Mr. Banman has been a proud resident of Abbotsford since 1982, and first entered politics in 2011 out of a desire to better serve his community. As mayor, he sought to build a prosperous, diverse, and inclusive community, and remained focus on being a voice for every resident through his tenure.

In 2018, Mr. Banman again entered municipal politics, with a decisive election to City Council. However, it is abundantly apparent that many of the largest issues facing the city today cannot be solved at a municipal level; Abbotsford needs a strong voice in Victoria. Mr. Banman seeks to bring his strategic vision to Victoria to be an advocate for Abbotsford, fighting for agricultural issue, highway expansion, affordable housing, and other important needs.

Experience

We live in a beautiful city – a beautiful setting. I have been a resident of Abbotsford since 1982, and am passionate about this region and the people that reside within it. As an MLA, I can take my passion for this city to Victoria, and be the voice that we need. After being the Mayor, and now with a seat on Council, it’s become clear to me that the issues this region faces – such as Homelessness, Affordability of Homes, the Agriculture, our #1 Freeway, and the University of the Fraser Valley – are all beyond the city’s control. These are provincial responsibilities. I have extensive experience in the political field, and I’ve run my own business for years and understand the needs of the small business owner.

I have dedicated a significant amount of my life to serving and improving our great region, and am the person for the job when it comes to being our voice in Victoria.

Community Focus

It’s no secret that farming takes a lot of hard work. Now, it takes a lot of specialized knowledge and equipment. It’s important to understand that we are some of the most expensive farmland – we have to be far more effective, with the cost of land adding to the bottom line of farming. Even in spite of that disadvantage, we have some of the most sucessful agriculture in Canada. We have the highest farm gate, and the highest sales per acre of any other region in Canada… by 3 times!

That’s not to say that the other regions are important, but it’s clear that Abbotsford knows a thing or two about farming. We need to take those voices to Victoria, and in some cases the federal government as well. This region goes from the Vedder Canal, all the way to 248th St, including much of the Township of Langley.

Our agriculture is imperative to this region. We need someone that not only understands the culture, but will listen to the farmers and relay that information to Victoria – for you.

Strategic Vision

We have to face the painful reality that we live in one of the most expensive regions in North America. There’s an affordability problem in the entire Fraser Valley due to increased demand for housing and has a direct correlation to the vacancy rates. As we watch the prices go up, we’re forcing people from their homes. We need to streamline ways to cut development time for projects coming into this city and avoid the increased costs being passed onto the consumer.

Many of those in our homeless population have mental illness and drug addictions, and there is no one single answer for this – but what we’re doing now isn’t working. In spite of the efforts that have been made, the number of those becoming homeless is contintuing to rise disproportionately to the population. We need to look at this in a totally different way.

Cast a Vote for You

Well, having been your mayor I know as well as anyone it is more than a full time job. I’m reminded of a saying my Grandfather taught me; “Any job worth doing, is worth doing right”. I would like to continue to contribute my experience and leadership within the Region of Abbotsford South.