Q&A with the candidates: Part 5

What do you feel is the most important issue in B.C. that is not getting enough coverage?

  • May. 9, 2013 6:00 p.m.

Question 5:

What do you feel is the most important issue in B.C. that is not getting enough coverage?

Michael Henshall:

The most pressing issue currently facing B.C. are the inefficiencies and bloated bureaucracy in provincial government that is hindering our tax dollars from getting to where we want them in Health Care, Education, and Justice. The Auditor General of BC has addressed these inefficiencies but no provincial party has a plan to deal with them except the BC Conservatives.

Ryan McKinnon:

First and foremost the dysfunction of our current Ministry of Children and Families.

Gwen O’Mahony:

Two absolute priorities for me, stemming from my work in Opposition and my work prior to being elected, are ensuring that today’s youth have the skills they need for tomorrow’s jobs and making sure that supports are available for those with developmental disabilities. I am proud to be running with a party that has made these issues a priority too.

The BC NDP will strengthen Community Living BC by conducting an independent review and providing more funding for direct services. And we have made skills training the cornerstone of out platform. We will make key investments in skills training, student grants and apprenticeship. These steps to make post-secondary education more affordable will help British Columbians obtain the skills needed to succeed in today’s economy.

Over the next three years, a BC NDP government will invest an additional $350 million to make post-secondary education more affordable and improve our skills training and apprenticeship programs.

Laurie Throness:

My personal priority is to provide more long-term treatment for those addicted to drugs.  We do a great deal to combat the supply of drugs through police action, and this must continue, but providing more long-term treatment would help to reduce the demand for drugs, thus alleviating poverty, homelessness and general human misery, in addition to reducing property crime, violence, and criminal networks.

Just Posted

Kent-Harrison Foundation celebrates 25 years

The foundation started in 1994 on the promise of a two-for-one donation deal

Bucket-list flight for Chilliwack grandmother

Hampton House resident treated to a beautiful plane ride in Moments that Matter

Lagoon improvements, but no safety audit recommendations, coming to Harrison

The lagoon will see electrical upgrades, a new flag pole and fencing, but no life jackets or signs

UFV introduces first mindfulness graduate program in Canada

Most of the University of the Fraser Valley program is offered online

Chilliwack churns out new generation of wildfire fighters

School district partners with B.C. Wildfire Service to prep Grade 12s for careers

Harrison Hot Springs students bring ‘Twelfth Night’ to life

The adaption of Shakespeare’s classic comedy include songs and phrases from Canada’s east coast

‘Families torn apart:’ Truck driver in fatal Broncos crash gets 8-year sentence

Judge Inez Cardinal told court in Melfort, Sask., that Sidhu’s remorse and guilty plea were mitigating factors

Boy who went missing from park remains largest probe in Victoria police history

The four-year old Victoria boy went missing without a trace on March 24, 1991

Six ‘distraction thefts’ in two days spark warning to seniors by Vancouver police

Distraction thefts are used to steal jewelry off the necks of unsuspecting women

WestJet sticking with Boeing 737 Max once planes certified to fly

WestJet had expected to add two more of the planes this year to increase its fleet to 13

Motorcyclist dies after three-vehicle crash on old Island Highway

Accident happened at 12:15 p.m. Friday near Country Club Centre in Nanaimo

B.C. driver caught going 207 km/h on motorcycle along Okanagan Highway

A motorcyclist was caught by Kelowna RCMP going 207 km/h on Highway 97C

Protective human chain forms around B.C. mosque for Friday prayer

Vancouver Islanders stand arm-in-arm to show support in aftermath of New Zealand shootings

WATCH: Popular Glow festival faces cancellation in dispute over farm land

Langley’s Darvonda Nurseries received a compliance assessment notice from the ALC on March 5.

Most Read