I am Duane Nickull, a successful technical entrepreneur, fiscal conservative, libertarian, sustainable energy advocate, rock musician, former UCI World Cup cyclist, noted software architect, husband, and father. B.C. is my home. I want to retire here and enjoy the natural beauty of this province. I am dismayed to find this goal is becoming out of reach for many due to a growing debt, spiraling inflation, declining GDP, and lack of high-paying jobs.
Seniors in my riding have told me horror stories of taxes and inflation shattering their retirement dreams. Environmentalists express concerns that the B.C. carbon tax revenues are not reducing GHGs. My own technology sector worries of government legislation that prevents raising capital. Students are concerned about high student debt and a lack of high-paying jobs upon entry into the workforce.
I have listened! We used the same formula that built successful technology companies to create an action plan to put B.C. back on track. Using an Agile methodology in politics, we can solve many of our problems.
Our growing deficit seems an intangible thing that doesn’t affect us. This is simply not true. Our growing deficit hits every one of us daily. It means being forced to cut back on issues like health and education if not checked. When a generation is not educated properly, they do not get high-paying jobs. Retirees have a smaller tax base upon which to retire. An unsustainable economic model can lead to draconian measures such as those experienced in Cyprus where many residents lost a lot of their life’s savings. In the tech industry, we call this a “death spiral”. I support full accountability and transparency in government to start fixing the budget.
I am an environmentalist. I care about our province and the nature we share. Free enterprise and a good environmental policy are not antonyms; they are in fact two pillars of a modern sustainable culture. Enbridge, the company many demonize for the pipelines, now generates over 1,365 megawatts of clean and renewable energy from wind, solar, and geothermal. By contrast our own B.C. carbon tax has produced zero megawatts of renewables. I was told by alternative energy companies that our laws discourage the development of clean and renewable geothermal energy in B.C. Let’s change legislation to build a green energy industry in B.C., accept the private investment to start that wave, and create high-paying jobs. This is one of the most energy wealthy regions in the world in terms of renewables. We can bring in investment to kickstart that industry by changing legislation that is out of date.
When elected, I will focus on fixing our growing deficit. I will prevent reckless spending and systematic short-sighted financial planning and make B.C. accounting transparent to taxpayers. I will use our abundant renewable natural resources to develop a clean, sustainable energy industry boom for British Columbians. This will bring thousands of high-paying jobs and serve as an example for the rest of the world. All British Columbians will prosper.
The Vancouver-Point Grey riding has some of the most dangerous schools in the province. My own children’s school is at extremely high risk of collapse in a seismic event and has asbestos directly exposed. Education is not an “expense”; it is an investment into our future. Those who get high-paying jobs later will be supporting many of us when we retire via the taxes they pay as we support our elderly today. Let’s make sure they are not working at dead-end jobs and give them the education they need.
Why Duane Nickull as an MLA? The future of my own children is at stake. There is simply no more powerful motivation. B.C. Conservatives need a chance to improve our standard of living and create the rising tide that floats all boats. We are entrenched to restore B.C. as an economic and environmental leader. We want fair taxation that everyone can understand. We believe in a strong B.C.