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Ideas For Better Government


When it comes to government funding the money IS there!

Taxpayers finance the programs and services that government provides, but are not really getting the quality service we deserve in return. The biggest issue facing my riding, and every provincial riding, is the government's mismanagement of tax dollars.

Most major issues that come up during elections such as health care, education, housing, and transit usually relate to the lack of government funding. The government often insists "the money just isn't there", but most taxpayers know that the money is there, because they work hard to earn income and contribute to the provincial economy through taxation.

Citizens of our province provide many billions of tax dollars to the government every year. The problem isn't lack of funds; it's the mismanagement of tax dollars. Additionally, we are often told that the only options to improve essential government services are either more taxation, or reduced programs and services. However, with complete government honesty and accountability, we can discover and deal with bureaucratic excesses and waste, re-prioritize program funding, cut bloated expenses, and get taxpayers the best service possible for the lowest price without having to raise taxes or cut essential services.

If the voters of BC choose to elect BC Green Party candidates to the Legislature, we would be able to begin "looking at the books", as BC Green Party leader Jane Sterk said during the televised party leaders' debate. Having the BC Green Party in the Legislature would ensure a higher standard of accountability, and a push for re-prioritized spending to ensure that the government provides the best possible service to the taxpayers for the lowest possible price.

If elected, I would campaign for complete financial transparency and honesty from the provincial government. We need a completely open and transparent government that will always be honest and accountable to the taxpayers that is the only way to begin getting taxpayers the services they need deserve for the high price that we pay.


Justice, Peace & Honest Government

Justice means fairness, and that applies to how citizens are taxed, regulated, and treated by the government. Justice also applies to criminal law, the environment, businesses, and bureaucracy. If everyone treats their fellow citizens with fairness and compassion, it creates stability and trust.

Peace is non-violence, which is of utmost importance when dealing with both fellow citizens and government. The use of force should always be discouraged, and violence condemned. Peaceful cooperation and interaction between taxpayers and government always results in a better democracy.

Honest government is essential for a true democracy, but is sorely lacking provincially and federally. Taxpayers fund everything that government does, and are expected to be honest in their financial reporting to government, but government itself is secretive and even obstructionist when it comes to fiscal accountability and transparency. Citizens deserve the honest government they pay for.


BC Green Book 2013


The BC Green Party has a lot of specific, smart plans to deal with every issue in our province.

Our party platform and policies are outlined in detail in the Green Book 2013.

Are you interested in education? Health care? Resource industries? Small businesses? Environmental protection? The BC Green Book covers these and many other topics and provincial concerns, offering specific solutions to current problems - not simplistic vague statements like what we hear from the government and opposition parties.

Please take time to check out the BC Green Party policies, and see if you agree with our plans to improve our province!

BC GREEN PARTY BOOK 2013


10 Core Principles

Sustainability
This is really the heart of British Columbia's Green Party thinking. We must consider the welfare of our descendants, for at least seven generations, if we are to be wise stewards of the earth.

Social Justice
The worldwide increase in poverty and inequity is unacceptable. All must be able to fulfill their potential regardless of gender, race, citizenship, or sexual identity.

Grass Roots Democracy
Every human being deserves a say in the decisions that affect their lives and not be subject to the will of another. We will work to increase public participation at every level by directly including citizens in decision-making processes.

Non-Violence
We all know in this complicated world there are times when we may be called to arms, but we will maintain that violence is almost always self-defeating, and always the very, very last choice. We must work to end war, and eliminate the root causes of crime.

Community Based Economy
Rather than people being subservient to the economy, the economy should provide for human needs within the natural limits of the earth. Local self-reliance to the greatest practical extent is the best way to achieve this goal.

Gender Equality
The ethics of cooperation and understanding must replace the values of domination and control.

Diversity
We celebrate the biological diversity of the earth and the cultural, sexual, and spiritual diversity of the human race.

Decentralization
The people most affected by a problem must have the authority to solve it. Distant administrations cannot be responsive. Power must be returned to local communities.

Personal and Global Responsibility
Global sustainability and international justice can only be achieved when responsibility is shared at all levels of society.

Ecological Wisdom
The earth sustains all life forms. Whatever we do to the earth we do to ourselves.

10 CORE PRINCIPLES (PDF)