Equal pay for women

According to Statistics Canada, women on average make just 87 cents for every dollar earned by their male counterparts. This translates into 47 full days of work in a year that women go unpaid for the same amount of work. And BC is one of the worst-performing provinces in Canada when it comes to pay equity.

This needs to change.

That’s why the BC Liberals have put forward legislation to ensure transparency in pay scales for both women and men – and put an end to unequal pay.

The NDP have refused to bring the bill to a vote, and John Horgan even dismissed it as a “political stunt”.

BC can do so much better.

A BC Liberal government led by Andrew Wilkinson will fight to make sure that women and men get equal pay for equal work.

That’s what Opportunity for all of BC is all about.

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Get Trans Mountain built

According to one opinion survey after another, a huge majority of British Columbians support the Trans-Mountain Expansion Project – yet the NDP-Green coalition is determined to stop it.

They’ve already spent millions of taxpayer dollars fighting the project in court, and they’ve been laughed out of court every time.

British Columbians pay the highest gas prices anywhere in North America – and one of the biggest reasons is low pipeline capacity on the West Coast. This also means that more oil travels through BC by rail – putting communities at risk every single day.

While the federal government and courts are backing the Trans Mountain project, radical activists have made clear they’re not giving up their fight – even if they have to break the law.

The NDP mayor of Vancouver, Kennedy Stewart, and Green Party leader Elizabeth May have already been arrested for blocking construction work in violation of a court order.

BC can do so much better.

A BC Liberal government led by Andrew Wilkinson will support building the TMX pipeline to provide you with a secure, affordable, and reliable fuel supply.

That’s what Opportunity for all of BC is all about.

And if John Horgan wants to fight this pipeline all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada – then the NDP, not BC taxpayers, should foot the bill.

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Standing up for BC resource industries

The NDP-Green coalition has totally failed the resource industries that are the bedrock of our economy, leaving Interior and Northern communities adrift in the face of serious threats to our way of life.

Look no further than their botched mountain caribou plan, a string of devastating mill closures, and obstruction of safe, much-needed pipelines.

The crisis in forestry is especially urgent:

  • 135 weeks of mill closures to date
  • 36 communities affected and many more indirectly impacted
  • 1.5 billion board feet of production lost and counting
  • 125 thousand tonnes of pulp production lost and counting
  • 8 mills closed or shutdown indefinitely (3 closed, 5 indefinite)
  • 4064 direct jobs impacted by curtailments/closures/shift reductions
  • 51 individual plant locations affected

Concrete solutions put forward by the BC Liberals have been ignored or delayed by an NDP government that just doesn’t seem to care.

BC can do so much better.

A BC Liberal government led by Andrew Wilkinson will stand up proudly for BC’s resource industries. We are the only party standing up for rural BC, and the way of life that the NDP have written off and walked away from.

That’s what Opportunity for all of BC is all about.

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Real, practical action to protect our environment

The NDP-Green coalition’s approach to the environment is simple: talk a big game, raise taxes as much as possible, and shut down every industry they can.

The result is anything but positive for the environment we all care about protecting:

  • Only 15% of carbon tax revenue is going towards clean energy programs – turning this tax into just another government cash grab.
  • Taxes and red tape are threatening BC’s ability to develop innovative, high-tech solutions to the climate change challenge.
  • Our forest industry is threatened with a total shutdown in huge parts of the province, thanks to the NDP’s deeply flawed approach to caribou protection.
  • Thanks to NDP mismanagement, BC is falling behind on its goals to transition to hybrid and electric vehicles.

We’re not going to solve climate change and other environmental challenges by wrecking our standard of living, or keeping the rest of the world in poverty.

Our natural resources like LNG are part of the solution – not the problem. That’s what the NDP and Greens don’t understand.

BC can do so much better.

A BC Liberal government led by Andrew Wilkinson will focus on clean air and water, get serious about protecting wildlife like our wild salmon, and position BC to lead the global charge on clean energy.

That’s what Opportunity for all of BC is all about.

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Affordability and choice in auto insurance

Under the NDP-Green coalition government, auto insurance is becoming dramatically less affordable for hard-working British Columbians.

They’re slapping band-aids on ICBC, the state-run monopoly set up by the NDP in the 1970s – but the problem is getting worse.

The average BC driver paid $1,585 for auto insurance in 2017/18.

In 2019/20, the average will be $1,832 – an increase of $247 per year thanks to the NDP’s mismanagement.

For 2018/19, the NDP government underestimated ICBC’s annual loss by over 40%, proving they can’t be trusted to solve the problem.

There’s no good reason why British Columbians should pay more for auto insurance than their neighbours. According to accounting firm MNP:

  • A small business owner who drives a Ford truck for work would pay $2,058 a year for insurance in Surrey, compared to $1,399 in Calgary. That’s an annual difference of $659.
  • A family of three that drives a 2012 Honda Accord with no at-fault crashes would pay $1,688 to ensure their care in Kelowna. In Red Deer, they would pay $1,125 – a difference of $563 per year.
  • A 26-year old who has no at-fault crashes and drives a 2014 Honda Civic would pay $2,897 for insurance in Vancouver, compared to $2,209 in Calgary, a difference of nearly $700.

BC can do so much better.

A BC Liberal government led by Andrew Wilkinson will finally give BC drivers the choice they deserve – and stop John Horgan from cranking up your auto insurance bill every year.

That’s what Opportunity for all of BC is all about.

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Mental health & addictions: Providing a pathway to recovery

Mental health and addictions are at a crisis point in BC, and the response from the NDP-Green coalition just isn’t cutting it:

  • 68,000 BC youth have a substance use disorder – yet there are only 24 publicly-funded treatment beds designated to treat youth.
  • According to the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) BC, 84,000 children have been diagnosed with a mental health disorder – and two-thirds aren’t getting the treatment they need.
  • While mental health challenge cost BC $6.6 billion every year in lost human potential, the NDP is only spending $10 million on their Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions.

In communities like Maple Ridge, Nanaimo, and Kelowna, modular housing projects have been built without local community input and with inadequate support for residents.

The NDP’s solution is to put vulnerable people in temporary housing, then walk away. That’s not good enough.

People dealing with addiction and mental health challenges need true, wrap-around support services – and a pathway to recovery.

BC can do so much better.

A BC Liberal government led by Andrew Wilkinson will give people suffering from mental health and addictions challenges more than just a roof over their heads – with a full spectrum of care and real opportunities to get off drugs and lead healthy, productive lives.

Andrew is the only leader who has actually treated mental health and addictions on the front lines.

That’s what Opportunity for all of BC is all about.

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