My top priorities
1. Action on the climate and environment
The climate is in crisis, and it’s not just an environmental issue. If left unchecked, climate change could seriously harm the economy and financial system—in Canada and abroad. Bridget will fight for environmental policies that accelerate the use of renewable energy sources, reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, and invest in green jobs and technology. That means ending subsidies to LNG (Fracking), halting the construction of Site C Dam and protecting BC’s old-growth forests.
2. More affordable housing
Anyone who lives in Vancouver knows that housing is not affordable, and homelessness is all too common. Young people are told they just need to work a bit harder and drink less coffee and things will work out. But that’s just not true. Wages have stagnated and the cost of homes has skyrocketed. Bridget believes that safe and affordable housing is a right. She’ll help implement a Provincial Housing Strategy to improve access to affordable housing for East Van and all of BC.
3. Safe supply and decriminalization of opioids
The opioid epidemic has hit our community hard, and chronic drug addiction has long been an issue in East Vancouver. The Green Party has always said that drug addiction should be treated as a health issue, not a criminal one. Bridget will get to work immediately to tackle this issue, including actions like increased funding for safe injection sites, treatment facilities and addict rehabilitation programs. She trusts the recommendations of Provincial Health Officer Dr.Bonnie Henry on this issue whole-heartedly.
4. Improve food safety and nutrition
Our health relies on environmentally sustainable production of healthy, safe and wholesome food. Unfortunately, global multinational businesses and other large-scale operations control our food supply. Bridget supports family farmers as efficient producers of nutritious food and stewards of our environment. Our provincial agricultural policies must be designed to keep family farms economically viable. She also will be a leader in supporting education of BC consumers about the value of wholesome, locally grown food.
5. A Healthy Recovery for BC
Now, more than ever, we need to put systems in place to ensure a healthy recovery for BC. That means protecting our health care professionals and essential service workers, who have been on the front-lines during this pandemic. That means protecting teachers by listening and enacting their requests for a safe school operation plan for them and their students. That means instead of subsidizing large corporations who are destroying BC, let’s invest in people, small businesses and communities to see a healthy and prosperous recovery for British Columbians.