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MAPLE RIDGE, B.C. — A proposed bridge spanning the Fraser River has turned into a hot election topic among local candidates.

“The Number one issue identified for transportation in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows is a bridge,” said Ken Stewart, the Liberal Party candidate for Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows. At a candidates’ meeting with the Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows Chamber of Commerce, Stewart claimed he would work to get one built as soon as possible, if elected.

“If I’m elected, we’ll see that bridge by 2006,” retorted Bill Hartley, the incumbent NDP MLA for Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows.

Dave Hensman, the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Unity candidate, chimed in, promising that if elected, he’d resign if a bridge hasn’t been built by 2006.

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