My priorities as your candidate:

Quick, Sustainable, and Just Transition: An Overview

Hundreds of thousands of British Columbians are out of work. People are facing unprecedented stresses, food insecurity, and economic uncertainty. The economic downturn is the key issue in this campaign. 

For better or worse, the pandemic is a turning point for our society and an opportunity to transition to a sustainable and resilient economy. There is no 'normal' to go back to. My goal is to build a low-carbon, localized economy that supports low-impact technologies, social justice and wellbeing, clean technologies, and community resilience. We need more government action, from climate change to mental health and addictions, and a bold vision to restructure B.C.'s economy to support a low carbon and socially just economy.

Health-care, Housing, and Well-being

  • Expand BC’s health-care system to include basic dental coverage

  • Declare housing a human right and ensure that everyone is housed

  • Expand and restructure the Speculation and Vacancy Tax

  • Invest in mental health and addictions coverage

    • Basic mental health services covered by MSP

    • New, public-sector addictions centres to help address opioid crisis and homelessness; a significant number of new beds needed

  • Expand provincial medical care

    • Expand UBC's medical school on Vancouver Island to meet the needs of a growing and aging population  

    • Retain doctors in the province to increase accessibility -- and reduce absurd wait times -- by creating favourable work and rental conditions for physicians 

    • Support complimentary medicine, where appropriate 

  • Continue the process of decriminalizing drugs and treating drugs as a public health matter

    • Expand harm reduction efforts throughout BC

    • Advocate for a safe supply for opioid users, along the lines of policies in Portugal and Switzerland

    • Treat substance use and abuse as a physical and mental health issue, not a criminal issue

    • Create a new public health campaign aimed at targeting the demographic most likely to experience an opioid overdose (per the current research): working-class people in the trades

  • Support the expansion of BC Housing units, densified and sustainable housing connected to public transit, cooperative housing, and mandate minimum thresholds for affordable housing units in key municipalities

  • Design for resilience: We want buildings and neighbourhoods that can cope with a changing climate, support social, mental, and physical wellbeing, and promote an interconnected city 

  • Create light-rail systems to the West Shore and the Saanich Peninsula (Swartz Bay terminus), connecting with a revitalized Island rail service

 

Green New Deal and Climate Resilience

  • Expand and strengthen CleanBC to make it more ambitious

    • Create a "carbon budget" that decreases every year until 2050 targets are reached

    • Begin tracking consumption-based emissions (i.e. the emissions that we "import" and "export")

  • Create a new provincial position called the Chief Climate Officer (CCO), a non-political role similar to that of the Provincial Health Officer. The CCO would have ultimate say on climate-related guidance, protocols, and policies, and would work closely with the Provincial Health Officer

  • Immediately begin to phase out support for LNG and other fossil fuels

    • End all subsidies, incentives, tax breaks, and handouts to fossil fuel interests and instead support BC-based sustainable industries 

    • Reverse the egregious Bill 10, the Income Tax Amendment Act, which gave $6b+ of taxpayer money to foreign-owned natural gas companies.

    • Cancel all LNG contracts and LNG ports and wind down all fossil fuel extraction activities, including metallurgical coal, over the next ten years

    • Develop new Crown corps to drive the transition and mobilize out-of-work oil, gas, and coal workers via direct financial supports and retraining programs to transition workers into sustainable economic activities

    • Create a Just Transition Fund to support worker transitions

    • Reform the royalty regime so that extractive industries pay more taxes

    • Place a moratorium on new fracking and extraction leases, due to health and environmental concerns 

  • Treat fossil fuels as asbestos -- they need to be removed from our homes

    • Change the BC Building Code and Energy Efficiency Standards Regulation to phase out natural gas from residential and commercial properties by 2025 (heating and water)

    • Support expanded use of heat pumps as a replacement for gas

    • Move up the requirement for net-zero energy ready buildings to 2027

  •  Legislate sustainable forestry

    • Create a permanent, phased-in moratorium on the logging of old growth

    • Transition BC’s mills away from old-growth and towards second- and third-growth milling

    • End the export of raw logs and shift to high-value products

    • Drastically expand the acreage of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) in BC

  • Put young people, unemployed, and under-employed people to work on resilient infrastructure projects to meet the needs of the 21st century

    • Sea walls, retaining walls, and water works to anticipate sea-level rise; wild fire and flooding preparation

    • Sell provincial green bonds to finance needed shovel-worthy infrastructure projects

    • Shift away from highway expansion and support public transit

    • Light rail and inter-city rail line creation or expansion (including the E&N) using “value capture” mechanisms

    • Expedite the transition to electrified ferry transport, phase out diesel and then natural gas ferries, and create new cycling and pedestrian infrastructure

    • Food security infrastructure is badly needed – warehouses, cold storage, and distribution channels to meet local consumption needs

    • Create a young farm workers program to help farmers get access to land and install necessary infrastructure and systems to support “climate farming” 

    • Create a comprehensive stimulus plan for workers, and especially the demographic group most disproportionately affected by the economic downturn: women 

  • Work with the Federal government to transition pandemic relief programs into a Universal Basic Income (UBI) and expand the social safety net during and beyond the pandemic 

  • Create a comprehensive plan to address daycare and childcare needs for everyone in BC

  • Move up the phase-out date for the sale of internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles in BC from 2040 to 2030

  • Partner with the Western states to build a high-speed train from Vancouver to California

  • Ensure that housing is climate-resilient, low-energy and decarbonized, affordable, walkable, accessible, transit-connected, and densified

 

Address Systemic Injustice and Support Indigenous Rights and Reconciliation

  • Rewrite the BC Police Act to reimagine the role and scope of the police

  • Support divestment of police in favour of non-lethal social and public support systems

  • Ensure that the RCMP stay out of Wet’suwet’en Territory; and cease using the police to force fossil fuel pipelines on hereditary chiefs and the people more generally 

  • Foster reconciliation by supporting Indigenous communities in their approach to resource development

  • Decolonize society

    • Complete long-stalled treaties with First Nations

    • Remove racist statues and street names from BC

    • Partner with Indigenous communities that seek food sovereignty 

    • Expand education of Indigenous language and culture in public schools

 

Food Security and Resilience

  • Create a comprehensive food security plan for the province that prioritizes local consumption and establish in-province food production targets of at least 70%.

  • End childhood poverty and food insecurity, especially in the demographic areas of highest need -- single-parent households and Indigenous communities

  • Establish new ecological farm schools to train a new generation of farmers

  • Follow Quebec in creating programs to help transition farmers from conventional to ecological farming practices

  • End marine-based fish farming and support Indigenous salmon management practices

  • Expand food-related infrastructure via public supports