The B.C. Conservatives are the party that supports hard-working British Columbians of all ages, in both rural and the urban areas. Fiscal responsibility, stewardship of the environment, transparent decision-making, meaningful community engagement, and a commitment to education relevant to the 21st century are key tenets for us.
Politics in this province reflect a self-serving mentality that disregards the needs and aspirations of much of the electorate. The NDP and Liberal parties have become so focused on reelection, it is little wonder they are unable to achieve anything but debt and dishonesty. It appears that transparent government has become extinct. Big decisions that affect the lives of millions of British Columbians are made behind closed doors. It is this behavior that left all of us in a cloud of discontent and distrust.
The B.C. Conservatives will bring in balanced budgets, and not leave future generations to pay for poorly researched and ill-conceived initiatives.
As a candidate I have listened to many of my constituents, including businesses and community organizations. They have told me of their hopes and concerns for the upcoming election.
The most important issue for British Columbia is the economy. Without a strong economy, B.C. cannot offer the services that British Columbian depend upon without borrowing and incurring more debt.
Hand in hand with the economy is the environment. The economy and the environment must be in balance. Forestry, fishing, mining, and gas extraction are important economic drivers in this province, and if regulated correctly, our province can reap great benefits from these industries without harm to the environment. If they are mismanaged, as they have been, these industries disappear and the environment takes the hit. The B.C. environment is a treasure, and the property of all British Columbians. The B.C. Conservatives will ensure that our natural environment is healthy and protected, and will be good stewards of our endangered species and threatened ecosystems.
Fiscal responsibility is key to a balanced budget, and to earning the trust of British Columbians. The B.C. Conservatives believe in balanced budgets and emphasize that public expenditures must be kept in line with revenues.
The B.C. Conservative government promises to provide transparent information to British Columbians. This will encourage a well- informed electorate be able to provide reasoned and meaningful input into the issues facing them.
Our government will work closely with both educators and industry to ensure that our young people are receiving the skills, training, and experience that will enable them to succeed in the future. With a solid provincial infrastructure and a well educated population in a variety of disciplines, B.C. will attract high-tech research and manufacturing firms to B.C. rather depending on less remunerative industries.
Young British Columbians have not been well served by our governments. Over the last two and a half decades, we have seen stagnant wages, increased competition for jobs from immigration and temporary foreign workers, higher tuition costs, skyrocketing housing costs, and an escalating cost of living. We need to help our young people, our future, get the support they need to succeed.
Young families need help too. I stand firmly behind the initiative to bring $10 per day childcare to British Columbia. Young children participating in affordable, quality childcare will demonstrate much more positive outcomes in the future, and their parents will be in a position to participate more successfully in the workforce: a bonus for all B.C. residents.
We need to look at how and where tax dollars are being spent in health care. Cost and wait times are growing exponentially. It is time for new thinking and new solutions to address these issues.
I believe in honest and transparent government at all levels: a government that serves the people, a government where the elected officials take the issues of their constituency to the government. This is a tall order by today’s standards. However, our present political system is unsustainable and needs change. On May 14, vote for a better future for all British Columbians, vote for David Jones, B.C. Conservative candidate for West Vancouver-Capilano.