City of Victoria Debate:
Although the event itself was a debate only between the NDP and Green candidate, all other candidates were given 1 min to speak at the end. Below is what I said in that minute.
James Bay Neighbourhood Association Debate:
Fairfield Gonzales Community Association (FGCA) and The Rockland Neighbourhood Association Debate:
Thank you to the Fairfield Gonzales Community Association (FGCA) and The Rockland Neighbourhood Association for inviting me to participate in their debate. It was great to be speaking in the community where I went to school and lived much of my life. There is no better omen that an animal advocate candidate could ask for than to have a cat walk into the debate several times for pets. I wore my bronze bear trophy pin to the debate and will at every subsequent debate to represent my opposition to the grizzly bear trophy hunt. The animals had representation last night and people listened.
What I will do for the people of British Columbia:
– Fight for provincial legislation that ends the exploitation of animals for profit and entertainment.
– Demand a new proportional representation electoral system that will give power to the votes of all British Columbians. This should include guaranteed seats for representatives of First Nations communities in the Legislature.
– Advocate for a lower voting age of 16 in the province.
– Put a real end to the grizzly bear trophy hunt. No exception for packing out the “meat” as per the Green Party, allowing opportunities to continue as per the NDP, or moving it to other areas as per the Liberals.
– Oppose corporate influence in B.C. politics and call for an end to pay-for-access practices with fixed donation limits.
– End the “greening” of capitalism promoted by the Greens and NDP to deal with climate change. I will focus on system change.
– Advocate for mandatory non-lethal alternatives to the killing or “culling” of wildlife and urban wildlife such as deer, wolves, cougars, coyotes and other animals. Furthermore, develop a regional rehabilitation program for wildlife and marine life. No more zoos or aquariums keeping rescued animals in captivity for life.
– Work on comprehensive changes to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal Act to decrease the overwhelming population of un-homed cats and dogs in our region and grant additional powers to Animal Protection Officers to serve and protect the interests of animals.
– Fund rehabilitation centres for wildlife across the province.
– Promote a district based health care service with GP’s and Nurse Practitioners.
– Work to amend the Residential Tenancy Act, and similar acts, to make void “no pets” clauses and to promote the rights of tenants to not be discriminated against for having a companion animal in their care. While at the same time properly funding and empowering the Residential Tenancy Board to be able to handle disputes in a more timely and efficient manner.
– Promote a housing first provincial strategy to address homelessness in Victoria in conjunction with mental health and addiction support services.
– Advocate for the implementation of a basic income in British Columbia to improve the conditions and participation in society of all individuals.
– Advocate for safe consumption services across BC.
– Invest in education at all levels and work to lower or eliminate tuition fees while working to give power back to educators to make decisions on the issues that effect their students and classrooms.
– Promote solidarity with indigenous peoples on their own terms and efforts to protect and assert claims to their land, culture, and livelihoods.
– Address the development and protection of green corridors to mitigate the destruction of wildlife habitat currently taking place.
– Promote a steady-state, rather than our currently unsustainable constant growth, economic model that is based on a real-world economic-ecological framework to address the climate crisis.
– Work with communities locally that are being polluted by industry, to protect the interests of the public first before private profit.
– Advocate for an end to the current Medical Service Plan fees.
– Promote the health of all persons and the environment by educating and encouraging a plant-based diet and lifestyle.
– Create business and agricultural incentives for owners and producers who transition to plant-based practices and production from animal based.
– Promote the development of further urban garden plots and citizen education of urban food production.
– Advocate for free public transit and the implementation of more bicycle infrastructure including a one-time new bicycle rebate to all British Columbians.
– Oppose the Site C dam, LNG and Kinder Morgan pipeline development which undermine the environmental integrity of communities and the lives of animals.
– Oppose the creation of a new Wildlife Management Agency that would be funded and directed by hunting licenses and hunters which is a conflict of interest for wildlife.
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