My priorities as your candidate:

Quick, Sustainable, and Just Transition

  • The pandemic is a turning point and opportunity to transition to a sustainable and resilient economy

  • This is our moment to transition to a low-carbon, localized economy that supports low-impact technologies, renewables, clean technologies, and community resilience

  • There is no going back to ‘normal.’ The pandemic is an opportunity take stock of who we are, what we want, and where we’re going

  • More than ever, the people of British Columbia are looking to the government for support -- support for workers and the unemployed, renters, households, small businesses, and more. We need public-sector leadership to get us through the pandemic and onto a new, more sustainable pathway. 

 

Green New Deal and Climate Resilience

  • Rewrite CleanBC to make it exponentially more ambitious

  • Wind down 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

    • Place a moratorium on new fracking and extraction leases

  • 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 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 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” mechanism

    • 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 CERB 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

 

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 has housing

  • 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; we need a significant number of new beds 

  • Expand provincial medical care

    • Create a new 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 

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

 

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

  • Remove the RCMP from Wet’suwet’en Territory and stop using the police to force fossil fuel pipelines on the people

  • 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 who 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