Jun 20, 2014
(News Release) VICTORIA – The Manning Centre with support from the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce will provide comprehensive training for prospective local political leaders. The two day session will take place July 19th and 20th to promote good governance through increased accessibility.
“Our community must become more involved in local politics. We hope this session will help to raise awareness of the critical role local government plays in our day-to-day lives,” said Frank Bourree, Chamber Chair. “We hope to stimulate debate, inspire candidates and develop tomorrow’s leaders.”
The Manning Centre’s Municipal Government Project seeks to improve local government by providing both research and training. Anyone is welcome to the sessions—Chamber member or not.
"To become a barista at Starbucks you must take twenty to thirty hours of training. But you can become a lawmaker in our parliament or legislatures or municipal councils without one hour of training in law making. This situation is not in the public interest," says former Member of Parliament Preston Manning, who is the Founder and President of the Manning Centre.
The Chamber is subsidizing over half of the costs of campaign training as part of its Our Vibrant Community Committee’s mandate to promote good governance in the region in view of the upcoming municipal elections.