Platform & Policy
Covid-19: A Return to Normal
The current crisis management is disproportionate to the harms of the virus and causes more damage than it helps cure.
Free Speech in the age of “Cancel Culture”
Freedom of speech and thought is the foundation of all freedoms. It has inherent value; every individual experiences life in a unique way and should be free to share that experience with others.
End ICBC's Monopoly
ICBC is consistently rated as the worst insurance provider in the country, yet consumers are powerless to choose a competing insurer for their basic auto insurance needs.
Modernize Liquor Laws
The BC Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) takes $1.4 Billion annually from consumers by artificially raising the prices of beer, wine and spirits by up to 170% of their original price before distributing it to retailers.
Cut Spending, Cut Taxes
Any sensible fiscal policy needs to look at both sides of the ledger. The BC Libertarian Party will cut government spending significantly, and return the savings to taxpayers as well as paying down the $88 billion provincial debt.
Restore Patient Choice in Healthcare
The BC Supreme Court’s recent decision to disallow private surgery clinics is very disappointing. Patients have to right to take care of their health, and while public healthcare is important, wait times are too long. Other options must remain legal so that British Columbians can access timely care.
Get BC Moving!
The BC Libertarian Party would repeal the Passenger Transportation Act and dissolve the Passenger Transportation Board that fixes prices for the taxi industry, shuttle buses, limousines and for inter-city bus services.
The only true way to ensure taxpayer money is not wasted, is to reduce the size and scope of government. We will identify programs and ministries that are not consistent with a free society, and scale them back so that civil society organizations can expand.
The GreeNDP’s radical “CleanBC” program is an elaborate scheme that, while doing little to help the environment or address the effects of climate change, will drive up energy costs, limit poverty-reducing opportunities in rural and First Nations communities, and generally make life miserable for individuals and businesses across the entire province – hitting our world-class resource industries particularly hard.
Our plan is to move as much decision-making as possible away from the Ministry of Education and toward local school districts, where parents can have more input. We will consult with educational providers on how to introduce a system whereby education funding follows the student, and can be used at parents’ discretion within an expanded menu of educational options.
Modernizing the Province’s Wrongful Death Laws
Only in BC is it still perversely “free” to kill anyone who does not meet the discriminatory criteria of being a breadwinner with dependents. We need new legislation that favours the victims and not the wrongdoers.
Legalize Unpasteurized Milk
The current law in British Columbia forbids distribution of a product – unpasteurized milk – which is legal in 43 US states plus England, Ireland, New Zealand, and all European nations.
The BCLP would like to make it easier for the builder of a high rise to compensate nearby residents who feel a loss of pleasure from having a high-rise in their neighbourhood. Under current rules, you get no compensation and this just creates lots of destructive NIMBYism.
Employer Health Tax (EHT) Elimination
On January 1, 2020, the NDP put a halt to individuals’ Medical Services Plan fees, and put the burden on businesses instead, calling it the Employer Health Tax. British Columbia is the only province that has an extra levy for medical services.
Addressing the Fentanyl Crisis
Despite increased efforts and funding being directed toward reducing fentanyl deaths, the numbers in 2020 have risen. This is likely due, at least partially, to the COVID lockdown during which “deaths of despair” have risen in general.
The Smart Meters also have a secondary HAN ZIGBEE chip that is designed to connect to the Internet of Things (IoT) and collect usage data from smart appliances in the home. The scope of what data is being collected and how it’s being used has not been disclosed, or consented to by the consumer.
Reforming Social Assistance
Government should support British Columbians in genuine hardship who cannot otherwise support themselves. It should play a limited, but important, role in protecting the vulnerable. However, social assistance can become a trap, preventing people from living independent, productive lives.