DEMOCRACY – Breaking public trust
How can we trust a leader who seems to have strayed from some of the basic tenets of democracy?
Minority governments are collaborative and the minority government of the past 3-1/2 years with the support of the BC Greens, has been a stable and effective government.
Majority governments give too much power to one party. If we had proportional representation, we would rarely be in this position. Horgan wants a majority government so he can do as he pleases. We need strong opposition to keep the government accountable.
Horgan broke his own democratic safeguard against snap elections – fixed-term elections. He was determined to seize power in a pandemic rather than work with whole parliament to address the situation, as has been happening since COVID-19 appeared on the scene in early 2020.
The disruption of governance by this election is making BC less effective in meeting the financial needs of struggling communities during the pandemic.
CLIMATE AND ECOLOGICAL CRISES – Creating a Green safety net
The climate crisis isn’t just about protecting the environment. It’s about protecting our health, safety and economic stability. The province is not doing enough about the climate emergency.
The government’s CleanBC Plan, which the BC Greens helped establish, is nowhere near ambitious enough to meet BC’s greenhouse gas (GHG) targets to address climate change, let alone what the science from the IPCC tells us.
We need to declare a climate and ecological emergency with serious targets, aggressive approaches and full accountability to ensure we are carbon neutral by 2045.
BC must value and protect its vast forests as a life-preserving carbon sink, and its ecosystems for the climate services they provide (natural assets). BC must create a “Green Safety Net” to:
- Increase carbon sinks by ending wetland destruction, and protecting green spaces
- Stop clear cuts, ban raw log exports, reinstate regional log markets, and ecologically harvest second growth
- Incentivize small-scale regional regenerative agriculture
BC must change legislation to support climate action at the municipal and citizen level
- Electrify public transit and improve the electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure
- Support local, distributed energy production
- Create comprehensive building and transportation conservation programs
- Ensure that all buildings are heated using renewable energy and have the latest in energy conservation approaches
BC must change to low-carbon management of resource extractive industries
- Stop investing in and subsidizing fracking and related industries
- Stop extracting, refining and exporting LNG
- Invest in renewables, especially those that are regionally and community-based
- Cancel Site C because it is a huge ecological, Indigenous rights and financial sacrifice to provide power for LNG
- Stop investing in hydrogen, which requires fossil fuels and Site C to produce
- Improve and enhance the carbon tax
- Provide new skills training for workers transferring out of resource extraction
COMMUNITY RESILIENCE - Preparing for a future of rapid changes
We have become stronger because of the COVID emergency, but we must rise up to meet the challenges of the climate crisis head on, because it is here now.
BC must change its “jobs” economy
- Move to local, circular economy
- Reduce necessity to commute
- Establish a four-day work week
- Enable better work-life balance by supporting flexible approaches to staying at home to raise children or work virtually
- Integrate early childhood education system into the education system
BC must address current health crises- youth and seniors
- Improve treatment of mental health and addictions
- Remove police from mental health and addictions front line
- Provide support for loneliness in seniors
- Close for-profit long-term care residences and replace with public, not-for profit, community based, or co-op models
BC must address the Affordability Gap
- Provide rental support when rent is more than 30% of a family’s income
- Provide free childcare
- Develop non-market, affordable housing, including subsidized housing and co-ops for low- and no-income citizens
BC must re-invent its education delivery model
- Support stay-at-home parents for pre-school and homeschooled children
- Provide free online technology, including early childhood education
BC must support small business
- Establish a six-month rent subsidy program
- Work with small tourism operators through a revamped grant program