Recently, during an online forum, a young member of the party asked me a particularly important question: how do I define common sense Government and what are the impacts of a common sense Government on the citizens of this Province?
I come from a free-enterprise career where you cannot survive unless you make smart, common sense decisions.
Below are some examples of critical issues that can easily be resolved with common sense decisions and action:
- The Massey Tunnel replacement is still not built. How long has this been discussed?
- Taylor Bridge, the gateway to the North, needs to be replaced, yet nothing is being done. Within the first year of being elected Premier, I will start work on the Massey Tunnel and Taylor Bridge replacements with on the ground results.
- Common sense is not taking nine months or longer to approve a building permit for a simple garage in Vancouver, or over three years to determine a development approval outcome.
- Common sense is providing affordable on-campus housing to all university students regardless of semester. The land is there, yet nothing happens year after year.
- Why is there not mass transit to UBC yet? Why does Vancouver and the lower mainland still not have a comprehensive high speed mass transit system?
- Why are Gyms closed because of the pandemic, but sporting arenas, movie theatres and malls are allowed to remain open? This is not common sense.
- We are experiencing extreme shortages of nurses and doctors? However, the available seats at Universities have not increased materially, despite everyone knowing that we need more healthcare providers. Why are non-union companies prohibited from bidding on Government jobs? Common sense is equal opportunity for all British Columbians.
- Schools, bridges, roads, and hospitals are being built to barely handle maximum capacity on day one. We need to be planning 50 years ahead for large-scale projects, allowing them to accommodate our growth and expansion without needing upgrades.
- Common sense solutions backed by a broad spectrum of BC residents mean term limits at all political levels.
These are just some examples of what common sense Government means to me. Interestingly, tangible examples of policy and action are hard to come by in these elections, another point to why I am different from the rest of the candidates running. We need a bold, innovative approach, and a new style of leadership to defeat John Horgan and the NDP in the next election.
We do not need to be sitting in studies and red tape for years on end without any progress. Collaborating efficiently, finding the best course of action, then getting it done is common sense Government.
BC Liberal Leadership Candidate
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