Monday, December 11, 2023
DUNCAN, B.C. – BC United is thrilled to announce Jon Coleman as the Cowichan Valley candidate in preparation for the provincial election, slated for October 2024. As a proud member of the Cowichan Tribes and owner of Jon-Co Contracting, Jon has emerged as a formidable leader dedicated to challenging systemic barriers affecting his community and workers at large.
In response to his nomination, BC United Leader Kevin Falcon stated, “Jon Coleman’s unwavering commitment to breaking down barriers and advocating for his community makes him the ideal candidate for the Cowichan Valley. His experience, particularly in challenging the exclusionary impacts of CBAs, aligns perfectly with BC United’s mission to address critical issues facing everyday British Columbians. I know Jon will be a strong voice, fighting to fix our province for this generation, and the next.”
With deep roots in Duncan, Jon is not just a business owner but a family man deeply ingrained in his community. As a father and grandfather, himself, Jon understands the many challenges faced by local families in the Cowichan Valley, and across the province, under the current government.
In early 2023, Jon garnered widespread media attention for exposing the gross unfairness of the NDP’s Community Benefit Agreements (CBAs), particularly in the construction of the local Cowichan Hospital. These CBAs not only restrict 85% of the construction workforce in the province from working on these “NDP-favoured unions only” sites but have also led to the skyrocketing cost of the Cowichan Hospital from $800 million to $1.4 billion and counting. Moreover, local First Nation contractors, such as Jon, have been unjustly excluded from participating in a project taking place on their traditional territories.
Jon Coleman expressed his gratitude for the nomination, stating, “I am honoured to represent BC United in the Cowichan Valley. United, under the leadership of Kevin Falcon, I know we can fix the critical issues facing our community, like the rising cost-of-living, lack of affordable housing, a healthcare system in crisis, and rising crime. I’m determined, under the BC United banner, to fight for a better British Columbia for all.”