There are three themes that I am campaigning for in the upcoming Chilliwack-Hope by-election:
1. Making life more affordable: We pay the highest gas taxes in Canada and on top of this, we pay a carbon tax that is scheduled to increase on July 1. The carbon tax is punitive to all economic activity and increases the cost of everything in the province. A vote for the B.C. Conservatives is a vote to scrap the carbon tax.
2. Protecting air quality: The Liberal government opened the door to burning garbage by approving a Metro Vancouver plan that will allow garbage incineration. The science says that this will put many noxious chemicals, including mercury, into the air we breathe. The mercury emissions will be like building a coal-burning power plant in the region and this will especially affect air quality in the Fraser Valley. A vote for the B.C. Conservatives is a vote to shut the door on the Liberal garbage incinerator.
3. Keeping your community safe: Over the past decade, the Liberal government has created a “catch and release” justice system. Courts have been shut down, retiring judges have not been replaced, and criminal case backlogs have grown so high that prosecutions are being dropped due to the lack of a timely trial. The courts need to be restored where we can prosecute accused criminals in a timely manner and keep convicted criminals off our streets. A vote for the B.C. Conservatives is a vote to restore funding to the justice system.
The Liberal government has failed the people of British Columbia and has squandered trust with the public on issues such as paying $6 million in legal fees for two convicted criminals (Basi and Virk) and the introduction of the HST shortly after the last election when they said it was not on the table. We also cannot go to the NDP, who turned B.C. into a “have-not” province in the 1990s.
The best way to hold Christy Clark and this Liberal government accountable is by voting for myself, John Martin, and the B.C. Conservatives. I look forward to your support on April 19.
John Martin is the B.C. Conservative candidate for the Chilliwack-Hope by-election on April 19.