Former Radioman Ian Jessop Joins ‘United for Saanich’ Civic Slate

Ian Jessop wants to eliminate the divisive tone that has existed on council over the past term. (Photo submitted)

by Aug. 18, 2018

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.

“There has to be a discussion, and the discussion has to involve developers, it has to involve the community and it has to involve the young people too. Many of them can’t afford a house with a picket fence, and talking to them, many of them don’t want that.”

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.”


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.’ 

Published on September 30, 2018 at 10:56 am by mikedup


October 1, 2018 - 3:21 pm

Bill Vander Zalm

Ian, I wish you great success and happiness, you’ll be a great councillor.
Say hello to Mayor Richard, another of my favorite people.
Bill Vander Zalm

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