The April 9 “B.C. Views” by Tom Fletcher validated the outdated image of the Greens; it also spurred my curiosity about other policies not mentioned in the commentary.
Wow. The hour I spent reading the Green Book 2013 online has completely changed my perception of the B.C. Green party. Greens are not a bunch of hippies and tree-huggers. They are a serious political party. Their policies are practical and resonate strongly with B.C. voters like me.
Obviously, Mr. Fletcher concluded otherwise. You be the judge.
Examples on “Reforming Government:”
• Allow Green MLAs to vote freely in the legislature to truly represent the will of their constituents.
• Implement a $2,000 annual political donation limit to take away influence from big-money unions and corporations.
Examples on “Economy:”
• Create thousands of new jobs by transforming B.C. to a new economy through investing in new infrastructure, green technology, retrofits of houses and buildings, advanced education, clean industries and technologies, sustainable forestry, fisheries and agriculture, ecotourism, and value-added manufacturing.
• Maintain a business climate to allow small businesses to be started and prosper.
• Create vibrant and sustainable arts and culture communities throughout B.C.
• Return to balanced budgets, end corporate welfare, eliminate subsidies to polluting industries, and develop fair taxation policies.
Examples on “Transportation:”
• Encourage walkable neighbourhoods; consider light rail and trams for major urban centres.
• Adopt road pricing and pay-as-you-drive insurance.
Examples on “Health Care:”
• Promote healthy living, preventive care; integrate community, home, and primary care services for seniors.
• Reform the governance of provincially funded health services to create more effective and responsive provincial health services.
They have many practical policies covering other areas as well. I encourage readers to check out the Green Book 2013 firsthand.
Get informed In the May 14 election, you do have a choice other than the Liberals and NDP.
Jannie Kwan, Surrey