He’s been covering and involved in politics for decades, and now Ian Jessop wants to bring that experience to Saanich council.
Jessop says he wants to bring a collaborative approach to dealing with issues such as housing, transportation and business investment.
“In order to deal with the increase in population, what do we need to do in Saanich? I don’t have the answer, but a collective group of people discussing this issue may come up with some very interesting answers,” said the 71-year-old longtime broadcaster, legislative reporter and former press secretary to Premier Bill Vander Zalm.
Jessop says he’s seeking a seat on council to support Mayor Richard Atwell, who he feels has found himself at odds with the rest of council.
“This term there’s been a divisive tone on council. I think the initiatives that have been brought forward by the mayor have been stymied by opponents on council who still favour the previous regime.”
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Jessop’s radio (etc.) career is documented thusly by Vancouver Broadcasters:
Legislative reporter CKNW Vancouver 1980-88; Press Secretary for Premier Bill Vander Zalm and Rita Johnston 1988-91; director of communications BC Liberal caucus 1992-96; co-founder Seismic Events Victoria 2004; director of communications for Gordon Campbell and BC Liberal Party; talk show host CFAX Victoria until June 2016. Oct 2016 he initiated his ‘Cannabis Health Podcast.’