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.

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