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Terry Beech: The perpetual door-knocker

The 2018 winner for Best Civic Outreach says he’s visited every house in his riding three times—and adds to the tally every weekend he’s home


minister of transport, Terry Beech is in the House every Friday, ad home Thursday. He catches a flight to B.C. that night, spending the next morning with his wife before taking care

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Many of Beech’s ideas come from these conversations with constituents, whether it’s oceans and salmon protection or working toward making B.C.’s Indian Arm a marine protected area. “Without their active engagement, there’s no way these ideas come to Ottawa,” he says. His riding was also home to fierce protests against Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline.

Beech knows his community. He knows the street names and even remembers what some of his supporters’ houses look like. This knowledge has given him some ideas about his life after politics. “If I ever get out of this line of work,” he says, “I could easily be a taxi driver in my riding.”

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