1. Should the province raise personal income tax rates? No
2. Should the province raise business tax rates? Yes
3. Should recall legislation be amended to make it easier to remove MLAs between elections? Yes
4. Should senior provincial bureaucrats receive severance pay when they quit or are fired with cause? No
5. Should MLAs be subject to term limits (e.g. three or four terms)? Yes
6. Should a form of the HST be reinstated to help small businesses reduce costs? No
7. Should the province require TransLink to increase service to rapidly growing areas like Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows? Yes
8. Should all Lower Mainland bridges and tunnels be tolled to fund TransLink? No
9. Do you believe that our public schools are adequately funded to provide full educational opportunities for our children? No
The long-term goal of the Green Party of British Columbia is that public education be universal and free at every level: primary, secondary and post-secondary. I support this up to a point. I personally have some concerns about post-secondary education being provided for free, primarily related to people obtaining their education here and then moving elsewhere and not contributing their skills to a healthy economy in BC. I would suggest that we should could charge a fee for post-secondary education, funded by a combination of bursaries and loans. Once a student graduates, if they then start working in BC, a portion of the provincial income tax they pay should be used to reduce their outstanding student loan amount. If they continue to work in BC, over a period of years their student loan would be paid off for them. Over that period of time they are more likely to set down roots in BC and continue to have a positive economic impact in our province.
10. Should the carbon tax be scrapped? No
11. Do you support balanced budget legislation? Yes
12. Do you support the development of pipelines through B.C.? No
13. Is health care in B.C. adequately funded? No
To ensure the long-term sustainability of our publicly funded health care system, the Green Party of BC would change the management and service provision model to make it patient-and-prevention-focused. Service provision would be based in the community and coordinated with social services and our community-based education. Choice and dignity are driving factors for this new model of health care, which will have as a priority a better addressing of the needs of those made vulnerable by disability, age, poverty, addiction and circumstance. We strive to preserve single-tier health care.
14. Are you in favour of moving the fixed election date to the fall? Yes
15. Should the province do more to protect the Agricultural Land Reserve? Yes
16. Should the province seek to amalgamate Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows? No
17. Should the Lower Mainland have a single regional police force? Dont Know
18. Should corporate and union donations to political parties be banned? Yes
BC Greens support fair elections and will change the voting system from First Past the Post. We would implement electoral finance reform to cap the amount of money that can be donated, to restrict donations to British Columbians and to get rid of corporate and union donations. The Green Party of BC would introduce voters rights legislation that requires political parties to live up to their election platforms. Platforms would be submitted to Elections BC and posted publicly. An audit conducted between elections would report on how well the political parties meet their commitments.
19. Should MLAs pensions be tied to median pensions of their constituents? Dont Know
20. Should there be more referendums, to give citizens more input into government policy? Yes
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