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Elections

 

WHAT THEY SAYING

'Election campaigns in full swing Sept 24-25 All-Candidates meetings

 

 

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PUBLISHED SATURDAY—SEPTEMBER—289

 

 

he Chilliwack Healthier Community network hosted an all-candidates meeting Tuesday, Sept. 24 at the Neighbourhood Learning Centre. The following is some of what each candidate said. See the Q&A here.

 

Better Health Care
 

Bogdunovic
Too much money at the federal level. Wants to rethink finance model.
Get rid of the GST, keep the PST
Healthy eating

Green
Access to education
Support Indigenous health
Support and sustain health
More needs to be done on investment
Guaranteed living income to help the working poor
Live healthier, healthy food too expensive
Need more exercise
Too much toxicity, petro chemicals exposure
Make the city more livable

Strahl
The PCs did a $55 billion health and social transfer
Quality health
Reduced the MRI waiting list across the country

Party brought in more MRIs across the county

Velonis
She said she was an expert in bringing people together through her work with FHA
Wants change in education and healthcare habits
Liberals spent $25 million for vaccinations across Canada
Promote drug addiction through prevention programs


McQuillan
Better access to long-term care
Better access to healthy food
Wants to deal with the opioid crisis
Wants decriminalization

 

• Homeless, addiction and how it affects business

Green
Big issue. 400 homelelss in Chilliwack.
Need better skills
Guarenteed income

Bogunovic
RCMP need additional funding
Need more housing

Strahl
Not enough detox
Need treatment beds, so when people want to detox they can
Task Force on Homeless downtown core

Velonis
Living more affordable
BC has thelowest unemployment in Canada
Invest in small business
connect addicted to services

McGuillan
Want to build 500,000 affordable housing
Spend $95 million
Cap cell phone charges
Make child care less expensive
Create 300,000 new jobs
Contract workers better coverage on health and benefit


• Affordability and Seniors Care

Strahl
His Party reduced home heating bills
Spent $1.5 billion in diagnostic care
Established the New Horizons - end of life care
Better Palliative care

Velonis
Wants to change CPP from 67 to 65
Ability to choose end of life options
Wants OAS increased by 10% to people over 75

Green
Need national seniors plan
Increase wages of seniors who work overtime by 25% to 50%
Wants seniors to stay at home as long as possible
Need a national dementia strategy. Wants to spend $1 million on people living in BC with dementia
Choice of dying with dignity - living wills

Bogdunovic
Paul Martin gov't blew it and created an insecure health budget
Wait times for health care have gone up
Wants to transfer healthcare debt to provinces
Liberal Red Book healthcare promises broken

McQquillan
Mother had Parkinson's and had difficulty getting access to treatment
Expand Pension plan - better services

• Truth and Reconciliation

Mark Strahl
More needs to be done to help families
Ask Indigenous people what more can be done
Dark chapter in Canadian history
Chilliwack consolidation
Make improvements to education

Bogdunovic
Call to action
Child welfare
Education
Missing and murdered Aboriginal women but include missing men
Repeal Criminal Code
Restore funding

Velonis
Reduce fear
Ask indigenous people which calls of action are important
218,000 Canadian Indigenous people need better healthcare, education, mental health care

McQuillan
Consistent access to medical care, dental
more sustainability in healthcare
Better infant care, diabetic treatment, TB

• Housing Options

McQuillan
Affordable housing
Mental health
Minimum wage increases
Housing prices rising, wants wages to raise to meet the increases in prices

Strahl
Create a homelessness task force
The system is either too small or too big to be effective
Homeless community-based assistance
Housing First Program
Help first time buyers and reduce money laundering in real estate

Velonis
Spent $70 million on affordable housing
Cited Ruth and Naomi's apartments
Spent $7 million on 67 rental units on Alexander Ave
Created home buyers stress test

Mcquillan
Getting rid of student loan interest

Bogdunovic
How to fund more training
How to raise minimum wage without costing jobs
Reduce poverty and crime

• Canada Health Act - Investment in health

Green
Treatment for addition
Very hard to find treatment when people need it
Decriminalize drugs
Mandatory treatment or jail

Strahl
Increase to funding for healthcare
PCs spent $240 million
Spent $5.2 million on depression

McQuillan
Solution came into the game too late
Too much stress on families with both parents working
Early investment before mental health issue arise

Bogdunovic
More treatment options
Opioid epidemic
Pill pushing doesn't work
Find employment or lose assistance
System is failing

• Drug Addiction

Bogdunovic
Need programs that work
Provincial programs shouldn't involve the federal government

Velonis
Safe injection site
Expand services, housing, background services
No to legalization of drugs

McQuillan
Decriminalization of drugs

Green
Decriminalization of drugs, 10,000 deaths in the last year across Canada
Better medical support
Illegal drugs are a national health crisis

Strahl
Drug use is a municipal issue
Service should be spread around the community, not in one place
Pathway to Recovery Program
Deal with mental health issues

 

• Pipeline

 

Bogunovic
Make Strong environmental regulations
It's a national unity issue to ?include Alberta abd Saskatewan

Green
The "Great Soaker Hose".
Enviromental disaster waiting to happen
Tanker traffic is at 7/mo now but will be 30/mo when it's complete
Would replace the old line at thesame capacity

McGuillan
sees people and jobs affected
Doesn't want it going over Chilliwack
Need clean energy

 

• Carbon Emissions

Green
Mission Possible.
Ban Fracking
More Biodiesel
Plant more trees

O'Donnell
Wishful thinking
Oil cartel controls everything
Non-organized sectarian cartel

Bogunovic
China is the biggest contributor to climagate chance
a need for reasonle plans that won't kill jobs
It's BC's problem

 

• Transportation to Vancouver

Strahl
PC invested in it, Liberals cancelled it
Drivers are mired
Want to look at the Trans Canda

McGuillan
Expand bus service from Chilliwack to the interior
Reduce fares
Accessibility

 

Velonis
A new highway needs to be built

 

• Extra Spending

Bogunovic
Get rid of the GST raise the PST amounts
Capitol Gains Tax produces economic benefits
Rreform immigration
Want to balance the books

O'Donnel
Moratorium on debt
Anti-war - Canada was always peaemakers but that ended and is now seen as aggressive
Threat of a big war

Less procurement
Get out of NORAD
No conception of getting elected
Website mlpc.ca

• Vaping

McQuillan
Need more information

Bogdunovic
"Please remove the toilet from our vaping room" sign in school washroom
Unsure about regulation

Green
Must be 19
Bigger penalties for sellers who don't adhere to the law instead of fines as the cost of doing business
More studies need to be done

Velonis
Age restrictions
Reduce advertising online
Stop online sales
Education

Strahl
How vaping and smoking cigarettes equate with A view to attaining zero smoking including marijuana
Safer alternatives
Raising prices to stop smoking


Polls Going in - Sept 25
62% yes they know who they're voting for
20% Maybe
8% unsure

Polls going out - Sept 25
71% no change of mind after the debate
29% Changed after the debate

 

 

 


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