Wednesday, Sept 6, 2017
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Office of Laurie
Throness, MLA for Chilliwack-Kent, today released a list of ideas for
leadership candidates, designed to spur debate and a ‘campaign of ideals’
for leadership candidates.
Party officials have called the vote for February 1-3, and
candidates will soon be declaring their aspirations publicly.
not running for Premier myself," said Throness, "but I do want to
have an impact on the leadership and the direction of the Party.
Beside the overall qualifications of good character, experience,
intelligence, leadership style and other intangibles, I'm concerned
about the Party's future policy direction, first in terms of the
good of all British Columbians, and second, in terms of Party
There are 65 ideas; most additional to the Party platform, though
Throness pointed out that a new leader needs the space to refashion
the policy agenda. He’ll be looking for a candidate of like mind to
support in the race.
Finally, Throness voiced his thanks to all prospective leadership
candidates. "The job of Party Leader is a very difficult and often
thankless task," said Throness. "I appreciate and applaud every
prospective leader who throws his or her hat in the ring."
For more information:
Laurie Throness 604-302-3066
65 policy ideas
Public sector - general
Continue to balance the provincial budget, and pay down
Complete the Site C dam.
Build a bridge to replace the Massey Tunnel.
Support and see the completion of the twinning of the
Stand up to public sector unions in order to control the cost of
Pursue other resource development opportunities in areas such as
mining and agriculture.
Oppose proportional representation and MLAs designated by
backroom Party officials, and support stable government with
accountable, local MLAs.
Commission an expert study, to report within six months, on a
phased reduction/abolition of the corporate tax, replacing that
revenue with increased economic and job growth.
Commission an expert study, to report within six months, on ways
to increase investment and productivity in BC's economy, such as
incentives to import equipment to automate production and
alleviate future labour shortages.
Revisit the 2012 and 2016 reports on Business Tax
Competitiveness, and take action in particular to address the
administrative flaws of the PST.
Affirm the rule of law with regard to environmental assessment
and review the assessment process to ensure both environmental
protection and economic development.
Continue to pursue the promise of LNG by restructuring the
business to compete directly with the U.S.
93% of BC is crown land. Sell 1% of BC’s crown land (878,604
hectares) to British Columbians using a public process that
ensures broadest-possible ownership and economic development.
Use the proceeds to pay down provincial debt.
Find more industrial land in the Lower Mainland by negotiating
arrangements with willing Indigenous peoples, and commit to
transportation networks to access it.
Freeze the carbon tax for the foreseeable future, and preserve
Crime and addictions
Hire at least one hundred new police officers to attack gangs
and drug traffickers.
Legislate the goal of the Ministry of Health, and all provincial
health authorities, to 'cure addictions to drugs and alcohol'
rather than ‘helping addicts live positive lives.’
While continuing to save lives, emphasize and fund detox and
long-term residential treatment programs (6-12 months,
repeatable) leading to freedom from drugs/alcohol, rather than
the long-term maintenance of habits at grave threat to human
life and enormous public expense. Set a goal to treat 5,000
people at any one time.
Empower NGOs presently offering long-term treatment for
addiction under the Assisted Living Act by providing more daily
funding, creating a professional association to set standards,
and following up with rigorous inspections to push out bad
Under the Mental Health Act, commit prolific offenders addicted
to drugs or alcohol to approved long-term recovery-based
residential drug/alcohol treatment programs, where naltrexone
can be administered daily to block cravings. Do the same for
prolific offenders already in provincial custodial facilities.
Task a commission to examine the best health care systems in the
world and make recommendations to emulate the best of the best -
with everything on the table.
Pursue opportunities to contract out more health services to
private entities at public expense, while increasing regulatory
oversight and reporting requirements for them.
To reduce wait lists, develop regional centers of excellence
that concentrate on specific procedures, like the Shouldice
Hospital in Ontario, which only performs hernia operations.
Enact a Patient Guarantee through a website showing the
availability of operating rooms. Allow doctors to book their
patients for surgery anywhere in BC, help where needed with
travel and accommodation costs, and reconcile accounts between
health authorities annually.
Upon the allocation of a publicly-funded bed in a seniors
residence, allow the senior to choose the institution, thus
giving all institutions the incentive to compete for the
senior’s choice through upgrades to living spaces and services.
To alleviate physician shortages, announce with several years'
prior notice that future billing numbers will be given only to
doctors who wish to work full-time (in 2015/16, a third of
11,000 doctors' MSP billings were less than half the average
billing of $260K).
Keep MAiD (Medical Assistance in Dying) out of palliative care,
as per World Health Organization policy.
BC’s climate is changing. We can’t stop that, so emphasize
adaptation to climate change and pollution reduction in BC over
attempts to change global climate.
Manage recreational motorized traffic in our back country more
aggressively in order to limit environmental damage and minimize
noise and disturbance for local residents.
Create a program to help volunteer groups who wish to clean up
garbage on crown land.
Ensure the long-term viability of wildlife in BC by increasing
conservation efforts, and the number of conservation officers to
Focus on flood control by acting on Fraser Basin Council's Lower
Mainland Flood Management Strategy, ensuring that the Eastern
Fraser Valley will not take the brunt of a future flood.
To help adapt to climate change, study desalination technologies
using renewable energy sources, dispersing the brine over wide
While continuing to fully fund K-12 education, increase support
for independent schools to provide more choice for parents, and
greater competition for our public system.
Build modular K-12 schools with units that can be dismantled and
moved to respond more quickly to demographic change, and
multistory schools needing less land.
Require the creation of co-op education programs in every BC
college and university, so that students can work their way
through school without student debt.
Fund the continuum of emergency aid, shelter beds, residential
addictions treatment, and affordable housing.
Take a province-wide approach to homelessness, including
re-institutionalization of homeless with severe mental health
conditions, and the creation of a province-wide registry for
homeless people in order to locate and offer services and
housing to them while not duplicating efforts between cities and
regions. Make this information available to police.
Provide more affordable housing in lower-cost areas of BC rather
than in the GVRD, to maximize the number of low-income people
who can receive assistance.
Empower Indigenous peoples to represent themselves in treaty
negotiations, rather than incurring millions in legal costs that
are later deducted from their treaty settlement, and streamline
those processes to enable quicker resolution.
Offer incentives for Indigenous youth on reserves to engage in
urban communities while retaining their identity, thus enabling
them to receive more education, enter the workforce and enjoy
all the benefits of BC’s economy.
Enact provincial legislation to protect home buyers, and to
empower municipalities to protect rural communities, landlords,
and urban neighbourhoods from problems associated with marijuana
Keep our supply-management system strong, while seeking out
export opportunities to non-WTO/GATT countries.
Provide support for farmers who must vacate or manage land due
to species at risk.
Farming is always more efficient and productive than hunting.
Apply this model to the logging industry, providing incentives
to adopt a model of farming trees instead of hunting for them.
Ensure that financial options exist for parents who prefer
private childcare arrangements over licensed childcare.
Commission an expert group to create a policy that would
counteract societal aging by providing stable two-parent
families with the assistance they need to have the number of
children they would like.
Continue the policy of a free vote, on prior notice, for caucus
members on any issue other than a confidence motion.
Teach children to accept and cherish their body shape and
biological characteristics just as they are, no matter their
Commit to pluralism and tolerance in BC, including the human
rights, tolerance and full participation in society of people of
good conscience who may disagree with changing sexual mores and
concepts of gender.
Provide more managed recreational camping sites, and full
service sites for large RVs, to attract more tourists to BC.
Shape a mountain to create a globally-significant sculpture
funded by the sale of stone removed, and use some of it to build
public structures across BC that will last for 500 years.
Transition to low-carbon economy
Stop subsidizing electric cars directly, but continue to fund
the infrastructure needed to recharge them, thus providing the
market with the incentive to develop the technology necessary to
compete with fossil fuels.
Using BC technology, build a CNG fast-fill compressor network
across BC with government support, thus providing further
incentive for CNG conversion, using our abundant natural gas
Negotiate standing offers with suppliers of low-cost CNG
passenger vehicle conversions, and have BC Lotteries run a
weekly CNG conversion lottery for them.
Widen the TransCanada highway to six lanes as far as Whatcom
Road near Abbotsford, preserving space in between for future
Build the ‘Five Nations’ or 'Sasquatch' highway from Pemberton
to Deroche, on the west side of Harrison Lake
Employ more noise reduction technology along transportation
Run competitions to introduce greater artistic design into
transportation structures such as overpasses.
Provide more help for those who want to represent themselves in
court, rather than spending ever-increasing amounts on legal
aid. Educate judges to become more helpful in this regard.
Limit the number of independent offices created by government,
instead giving MLAs and public servants more responsibility, and
requiring more transparency in return.
Ensure that all art purchased at public expense 'demonstrates
unusual skill', as judged by a broad-based committee of
Beautify our towns and cities, and increase public safety, by
funding an infrastructure program to place overhead wires
Enhance government transparency by creating more 'default public
disclosure' policies with respect to government documents.
Limit the amount spent on government advertising in an election
year to the average, by month, of the previous four years.
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