Andrea Goldsmith 

Green candidate Goldsmith finds support in Squamish

On what was a picture perfect day in Squamish Andrea Goldsmith was a busy woman.

Look twice and she was gone, only to reappear again before you could say, "what does the Green Party stand for?"

Goldsmith, who is the Green Party’s candidate in the West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast riding, spent this day pounding the streets of Squamish listening to residents and spreading the Greens’ message.

She appeared just before midday but by that time Goldsmith had already driven for a few hours and had interviews with a local paper and a cable television provider.

A CBC television crew had also just arrived to follow her around.

The CBC guys said she was "credible" because she had already been elected to the Gibsons council.

Goldsmith is credible for a variety of other reasons as well.

At 36 she has worked in corporate services, planning, parks and infrastructure.

Before moving to Gibsons she was a professional for KPMG Peat Marwick Consulting and earned a Bachelor of Arts and Masters degrees in Environmental Studies.

But in politics it doesn’t matter how good you might be, it’s about convincing the people that you can help them, so with the camera rolling the first thing Goldsmith did was meet with some "friends".

It was an awkward start because it was quite obviously a set up and one of her "friends" wasn’t old enough to vote.

But Goldsmith was just warming up.

By the end of the day she would have people approaching her and thanking her for coming.

The second person Goldsmith approached had escaped from a "communist country" by "jumping the wall". Because of this upbringing he was not especially enamoured with politics or politicians.

But Goldsmith persisted in a subtle way, listening, letting the burly gentlemen with a strong accent do the talking and while he probably won’t vote come June 28, he was impressed.

Eric Ringrose, 20, who was working at the Cartunes Sound & Cellular, was Goldsmith’s next target.

Ringrose represents an elusive vote pursued by all parties; only 20 per cent of people under 30 vote.

Ringrose admitted he had just started getting into politics.

"It’s good that she visited because I always saw the Green Party as the Marijuana Party," said Ringrose.

"I don’t know too much but my friend was saying that the Liberals and Conservatives are the two biggest parties and one wants to lower taxes and have less benefits while the other one wants to have higher taxes but better benefits."

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