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As the next leader of the BC Liberal Party, and next Premier of British Columbia, I will…


Child Care & Early Childhood Development

High-quality, safe, and enriching child care is not just important for working parents and families, but is critical to a child’s long-term development. That is why I will work with the federal government and local community partners to achieve a the largest ever expansion of child care spaces in British Columbia.

To support parents and early childhood development, under my leadership, I would immediately invest $1.2 billion over the next four years – the largest such investment in BC history – to:

a) Create 75,000 new childcare spaces;

b) Provide full or partial childcare subsidies for 150,000 children;

c) Provide increased funding for the training of more child care educators; and

d) Explore partnerships with school districts to co-locate childcare spaces at elementary schools. 

Seniors

British Columbia is facing a long-term care crisis where too many seniors are unable to live with dignity at home or in their communities. This will only get worse as our population ages and as more of us deal with the impacts of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Government needs to do a better job of ensuring the right supports will be there for seniors and families that need them.

Specific measures include:

a) Working with health authorities across the province to see a major expansion of homecare options and supports for a wide range of senior’s health needs.

b) More dedicated beds for Alzheimer’s patients as well as those suffering from other forms of dementia.

c) Initiatives to train and recruit more nurses and other caregivers specialized in caring for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients.

c) Expansion of the First Link program to give more seniors and their families the information and supports needed at the outset of a dementia diagnosis.

d) As recommended by the BC Seniors Advocate, I would increase the SAFER subsidy and make it responsive to where the senior lives to keep the subsidy correlated with rising costs in communities.

e) Develop a policy to allow low to moderate income seniors to use their home equity to defer major or ongoing expenses until such a time when they choose to sell their property.

f) Creation of targeted tax credits to ease some of the financial burden and costs associated with families caring for aging loved ones.

Transitions For Children In Care

Placing a child under the care of the Ministry of Children and Family Development is amongst the most serious duties the Province has. We owe a duty to that child to protect and care for them, as if they were our own. That duty does not end when they turn 18. That’s why I am supportive of a review of the supports available to young adults to ensure they are set up for success in life. This means continuing provincial support beyond their 18th birthday, providing jobs & skills training, including tuition assistance, guidance and counselling. This is also why I support a basic income support for youth aged 18 to 24 transitioning out of care.

Supporting Persons With Disabilities

British Columbia has been a leader in working with the disability community in many ways including creating the Open-Door group to focus on people with disabilities and/or mental illness in both Vancouver and Kamloops. But there are areas where we can and must do better.

Many people with disabilities strive to become better integrated with society, yet too often face barriers that limit their ability to become fully included. It is our job to foster an inclusive and accessible British Columbia for our neighbours with disabilities.

There is also much work to be done to continue to ensure everyone in BC who qualifies gets set up with the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP). We should strive to be number one in the country for registrants.

There is also much work that can be done with employers to encourage the hiring of people with disabilities to ensure that every British Columbian is given a real and fair chance to succeed.

Mental Health And Addiction Support For Families

Another issue facing many British Columbia families today is mental health and addictions. Candidly, we have not done nearly enough in a coordinated way to support BC families struggling in this area. That’s why, under my leadership, BC will take focused action to ensure we are providing the supports needed by children and youth, and their families.

Some of the measures I would implement include:

a) Ensuring better and faster access to mental health care and support for children and youth in their community.

b) Requiring school districts and post-secondary institutions across the province establish more robust protocols and staffing requirements to make sure support programs are there for youth who need them.

c) Ensure clear lines of communication between schools and hospital or community mental health, addiction and recovery services.

d) Expanding the Foundry program to more communities so that young people and families get one-stop access to a range of services.

e) Working with health authorities, law enforcement, the BC Ambulance Service, and family groups to establish best practices for how to better support families in mental health crisis situations.

f) Develop a seamless communication and information sharing system for families and youth receiving mental health and addictions supports that is accessible to caregivers and relevant professionals across all touchpoints of care.