See where Aaron stands on many of the most important issues facing British Columbia.
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The government is an inefficient delivery vehicle for services and its growth is cannibalizing private-sector job creation. Wasteful spending should be cut and the savings returned to taxpayers.
It is immoral (and financially hazardous) to continue living beyond our means and leaving our children with the bill. Within 24 months, the budget must be balanced.
Small and medium-sized businesses are the backbone of our economy and the bedrock of our communities. Useless and redundant regulations need to be removed, while larger corporations need to be held accountable if they engage in unfair or anti-competitive practices.
Paying individuals “not to work” may have been a temporary necessity at the outbreak of COVID-19, but it is now contributing to a chronic labour shortage across the province. It’s time to get British Columbians back to work.
The regressive, job-killing carbon tax drives up the cost of living and has no impact on global emissions. It is unfair to rural and northern communities and leads to the offshoring of jobs overseas.
Dramatically expand B.C.’s natural gas production and LNG export facilities and reduce global emissions through the displacement of coal-fired electricity in countries like China.
Pipelines are the safest and most economical means of transporting oil and natural gas and are essential in getting our resources to market. Their construction, including TMX, Coastal GasLink and Northern Gateway, deserve our complete support.
B.C.’s forest industry is the envy of the world. It is 100% sustainable and renewable and supports tens of thousands of high-paying jobs across the province.
Activists who impede the activity of resource development through illegal blockades, harassment and violence must be held legally, and financially, responsible for their actions – as must the groups that support them.
British Columbia is a resource superpower. Encourage and promote the development of these resources in a way that is sustainable, and that delivers maximum value to the taxpayers of our province.
Parents have the right to determine how and where their children will be educated. Government must provide fair and reasonable funding to families for the type of education they choose for their children. This includes public, private or homeschooling.
Political bias and ideology have no place in B.C.’s education curriculum and must be removed immediately. Schools must be places of learning – not tools for activism and indoctrination.
Universities and colleges that do not support and defend freedom of expression on campus will be defunded. Taxpayer money will not be used to support places of censorship and intimidation.
Government funding within post-secondary institutions will be re-allocated to promote and incentivize training in essential fields such as medicine, engineering, and skilled trades.
The performance of British Columbia’s health care system throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has been abysmal. Chronic shortages in physicians, nurses and ICU capacity has become painstakingly clear. It’s time for serious reform.
Allow choice and competition in the delivery of health care services while retaining universal access for all British Columbians. End the government's court case against private clinics and unleash the power of private-sector innovation.
Unless we embrace bold reforms, British Columbians will continue to suffer with unreasonable delays on many medical procedures. Reform hospital funding to incentivize output - just like many European countries (and Australia) have done to improve results.
Incentivize post-secondary institutions to train more RNs, LPNs, and physicians by prioritizing government funding and support for these programs and students.
Re-open and revitalize mental hospitals and facilities to give suffering British Columbians the help that they deserve.
Handing out heroin and other hard drugs to addicts does not solve the problem and instead perpetuates a coercive and destructive addiction.
Taxpayer money should not be used to purchase hotels in residential areas and warehouse those addicted to drugs. These programs don’t work, crater property values and increase crime in the community.
Instead of “destigmatizing” hard drug use, it’s time to acknowledge the serious harm it causes to users, their families and the communities around them. Through mandatory rehabilitation, addicts will be offered an opportunity to get clean and become productive, taxpaying members of society once again.
Instead of defunding the police, our brave men and women in law enforcement should be supported and given the resources they need to successfully do their jobs.
Zero tolerance for violent and repeat offenders. End the revolving door justice system by directing prosecutors to pursue maximum sentencing for those convicted of serious crimes.
Appoint judges that put victims and their families first – not the sob stories of hardened criminals.
Illegal “tent cities” lead to increases in crime, violence and disorder in otherwise peaceful communities. They are unfair to those who work hard, pay their taxes, follow the law and have had their neighborhoods stolen from them.
While medically-approved inoculation should be encouraged, and vaccines offered to all British Columbians, individuals should not be mandated or coerced into receiving any medical treatment (including vaccination) against their will – and common sense exemptions (natural immunity, medical necessity etc.) should be recognized immediately.
British Columbia’s (and Canada’s) history is not perfect – but nothing (or no one) ever is. We should be proud of the province we call home and the generations who came before us. Historical markers of that past legacy, including statues, must be protected and, where needed, restored.
Identity politics is a divisive ideological force that must be rejected. British Columbians should be treated equally regardless of their race, gender, religion or sexual orientation. Programs that discriminate based on these characteristics must be disbanded.
The “BC Liberal” name is confusing, unrepresentative of the party membership and needs to be changed.
Each individual MLA should be encouraged to cultivate their own identity and speak out on issues important to themselves and their constituents. Stronger MLAs will lead to a stronger team, a stronger party and a stronger showing in the next election.
The party should refrain (in any but the most exceptional circumstances) from appointing candidates without first holding a competitive nomination process.