Platform

There are many different parts of the platform for the 2012 general election in BC. Here are some links to the various parts of the platform.

Party Platform Quick Links:

Full Plaform – The BC Conservative Party Policy Document – PDF

Economic – The BC Conservative Party fiscal policies – PDF

Spending Smarter – A very focused document outlining how to reduce government spending – PDF

Political Platform

This page briefly outlines some of the more important views on politics. First and foremost, I am a libertarian. I believe we should be free from un-necessary regulations and legislation. At the same time, there is a requirement in a free society to have some laws for the common good of the people. Those who’s responsibility it is too enforce those laws must be properly compensated and equipped to do so and our justice system must be unbiased and fair. I see many of these issues at risk, even though they are enshrined in our charter of rights and freedoms.

I am also an environmentalist. As a former UCI World Cup mountain biker, I represented this country at the highest levels of the sport. Our province has some of the most spectacular mountain biking, skiing, golfing, fishing, hiking and natural surroundings of any place I have been. I am committed to protecting it.

I am also a capitalist. I beleive in a free market system and conservative fiscal policies. I believe in a prosperous economy, all individuals are given opportunities and no one person or group should receive special privileges or prefferential treatment.

Last, I am a person. I am setting out on a quest to represent the constituents of the Vancouver – Point Grey riding as a duly elected member of the legislative assembly.

If elected, I will do my best to uphold the values on this page and meet the changing needs of the constituents.

1.I believe in clearly defined public policies and programs that are affordable, effective and accountable to the people. Transparency in government is something that I stand for. Any politician must be accountable to the public. The Government’s responsibility is to collet and hold funds in trust for the public, to be spent on programs that benefit the public, not private interests.

2. I believe in serving my constituents with the highest standards of integrity and transparency. Again, an extension of the first principle, integrity in government must be absolute. When you enter politics, you must accept from day one that you will make choices that offend some. To be guided by an attempt to please everyone is ill-founded. As soon as pandering begins, integrity ends. How do I know anything about integrity? It started when I was very young and a family friend who was a politician influenced my parents. He influenced the lives of my great Uncle Olaf Turnbull, who himself was an MLA in Saskatchewan for the Canadian Commonwealth Federation or CCF. This family friend became the Saskatchewan CCF’s leader and then the seventh Premier of Saskatchewan from 1944 to 1961. His government was the first democratic socialist government in North America, and it introduced the continent’s first single payer, universal health care program. He did this with integrity and conviction. This was done before I was born but we heard stories of the man who had a dream, a vision and would not let public influence sway him from that dream. That man was named Tommy Douglas. He later was named The greatest Canadian by a CBC television program in 2004. Here he is with my mother around 1970 (left), a photo of himself he gave to my late grandfather and a letter on the right he wrote to my grandmother expressing his grief that Russ had passed. He also spoke very highly of my late grandfather, another man, like my father, of integrity beyond reproach.

It may sound as if I should have run for the NDP or Liberal party with this background but the reality is that our political parties shift over time and I now find that I strangely am viewing the BC Conservative Party as the best party for this province.

3. British Columbians are entitled to full knowledge of services rendered. Again, full transparency in government is a right of those who pay for it (you and I).

 4. I believe in the rights and responsibilities of all British Columbians and that governments at all levels are in place to serve and respect all individuals and their families, including freedom from unnecessary laws and regulations. A belief that government is fundamentally in existence to serve the people is paramount to the parties mandate. Part of that mandate is to respect the rights of the individual.

 5. Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) should be empowered to best represent the interests of their Constituents. 

 6. A belief in restructuring the taxation system to maximize benefits for the greatest number of BC citizens. 

 7. A belief in a competitive free enterprise system as the basis for prosperity and growth.   Protection and management of our environment and natural resources to optimize benefits now and into the future.

Local Issues Platform

1. The Seismic upgrading and removal of Asbestos from our pubic schools in the Vancouver – Point Grey riding must be made a priority. We have 11 of the most at risk schools in the greater Vancouver area at risk of seismic collapse.

2. Investment into infrastructure is likely the best way to reduce our Green House Gas emissions and improve our lives at the same time. The Broadway SkyTrain extension is vital to our ridings economy and prosperity.

3. The Kitsilano Coast Guard closure must be reconsidered. The waterway is one of the busiest in North America.

4. Repeal the Carbon Tax as written. I was shocked to find out that the Carbon Tax neithers reduces carbon nor does it use tax revenue to invest in renewable and alternative energy development. More on the blog.

5. I am against the removal of the NI 31-103 expemtion (called the “Northwest Exemption”), by the BC Securities Commission. I believe this hurts our local economy by making it more difficult for small companies to gain access to venture capital.

6. I am against an unbalanced budget. We, the hard working people of BC are expected, or more accurately, have no choice but to balance our budgets every month. Why can we not expect the same from our government?

7 I support the development of a renewable and alternative energy industry in BC. We owe it to everyone to invest in our future.

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