Liberal Party Releases “Made in BC Agenda for Change”
VANCOUVER – The Liberal Party of Canada in British Columbia today released its BC-specific “Made in BC Agenda for Change”, setting forth the priorities and commitments shared by Liberal candidates across the province, and giving voters the information they need to make a full and informed choice on May 2nd. Read it here.
“This election has been characterized by some as being about “nothing”, but in fact nothing is further from the truth. The outcome of this election will have profound implications both for our province, and for Canada, and it is more than likely that voters in British Columbia will have a critical impact on the outcome of that vote,” said Ujjal Dosanjh, Liberal candidate for Vancouver South. “We intend to ensure that British Columbians have all the facts and priorities at their disposal, to allow them to make a full and informed decision.”
The Agenda for Change is built on the core foundation of the National Liberal Party platform of stronger universally-accessible health care; a more secure Canada Pension Plan; assistance to families caring for sick and aging loved ones; college and university tuition assistance to ensure more affordable access; new tax credits promoting home renovations that improve energy efficiency; and investment in quality child care for every family that needs it.
Among the many commitments specific to British Columbia are seismic upgrading of at-risk BC hospitals and schools; a multi-cultural health centre with a strong BC presence specializing in cancer, heart disease and diabetes prevention, along with recognition of foreign-trained health professionals; provincial implementation of a new national housing and homelessness strategy; reducing inter-provincial barriers to food and beverage transportation to bolster BC’s economy; and specific measures to improve regional public transit in the Lower Mainland and south Island, conservation of Pacific wild salmon, oil spill liability protection for taxpayers, strategic reduction of gang violence, and overdue recognition of the wrongs endured by those subject to the Chinese Head Tax and on board the Kamagata Maru.
“As Liberal candidates in British Columbia, we are proud to stand together with Michael Ignatieff and share our vision for the future of this province. While the Harper Conservatives have muzzled their candidates, and the NDP has made impossible and deeply irresponsible commitments, we believe we have an obligation to provide the people of BC with every opportunity to inform themselves, and make the best possible choice on May 2nd,” said Dosanjh. “We humbly believe that we are that choice, and that with all the facts before them, British Columbians will reach the same conclusion.”
Brad Zubyk, Director of Communications
Liberal Party of Canada in British Columbia
Made in BC Agenda for Change – Spring 2011