Your Guide to the BC Election: Who’s Promising What?

Your Guide to the BC Election: Who’s Promising What?


With our provincial election coming up, we
realized we had no idea who we wanted to vote for. So we did something that very few people do
– we actually read all three major party platforms. That’s a 129 pages from the liberals, 118
from the NDP and everything the Green Party has put out so far – they’re doing it piece
by piece. And after we finished, we were far more confused,
then when we started. The
issue is the three platforms are very difficult to compare Things are out of context Misleading numbers Incoherent Confusing Full of jargon Vague So after all our research, we boiled everything
down to each party’s key attitudes on 7 big topics. Apartments are hard to get and the cost of
a home is crazy in BC, especially in Vancouver and Victoria. The NDP are focusing on protecting and improving
the rental market by giving all renters $400 per year and closing a loophole that allowed
landlords to bypass the rental increase limit. They’re also building affordable homes and
taxing vacant investment properties. The Liberals want to make it easier to buy
your first home by strongly supporting two existing programs, one of which reduces the
tax, and the other helps your out with your down payment. They’re also helping people renovate their
home to add a second suite. The Greens are focusing on cooling the overall
real estate market to make things more affordable they’re doing this by increasing the tax on the sale of homes over 1 million dollars, especially for foreign buyers and for people trying to flip houses for profit. The parties have diverse goals for education,
but we’re going to focus on two – childcare and student loans. The Greens will provide free childcare for
kids under 3 and free preschool for 3 and 4 year olds. The NDP will provide $10 a day childcare,
starting with children under 2 and gradually expanding. Instead of focusing on the high cost of childcare,
the Liberals want to create more childcare spaces to reduce waitlists. Interest rates on student loans are currently
the prime rate*, plus between 2 and 5%. The Liberals plan to only charge the prime
rate, while the NDP are committing to completely eliminate interest from student loans, and
give students a $1000 grant when they graduate. The Greens will allow you to divert part of
your income tax to pay off your student loans for 5 years after graduating. BC currently has a goal to reduce carbon emissions
by 2050. Both the NDP and Greens want to add an additional
check-in by 2030 to make sure we’re halfway there. There is a federal mandate to increase the
carbon tax by 2022. The NDP will meet this, the Greens plan to
exceed it. The Liberals would freeze the tax until 2021. The Greens oppose the Site C dam, the expansion
of the Kinder Morgan Pipeline, and will not provide government support to Liquid Natural
Gas projects. The NDP opposes the pipeline, and plans to
put specific conditions on Liquid Natural Gas development but they’re not taking a
position on the Site C dam. The Liberals fully support all of these projects. It’s difficult to compare the economic platforms
of all three parties since it’s such a broad issue, but here’s the general overview The Liberals want to grow the economy by cutting
taxes to business and industry, including eliminating PST on electricity for businesses,
and exempting certain industries from the carbon tax. The NDP wants to focus on infrastructure investment
to create construction jobs, the Greens are supporting sustainable natural resource industries,
and the development of new technologies. All three parties want to increase the minimum
wage, but the NDP is the only one to give a firm number $15 an hour by 2021. Both the NDP and the Liberals want to cut
small business taxes to the same amount and all three parties also have a big focus on
training for jobs in the technology sector. MSP payments have received a lot of attention
lately – and all three parties want to eliminate them one way or another. The Greens want to roll them into taxes, the
NDP want to form a panel to find the best way to pay for it, and the Liberals want to
eliminate it if they can pay for it through economic growth. Other than that, there’s a lot going on
in each party’s healthcare platform. They all cover such a wide range of specific
issues that we can’t do them all justice in one video. So if there is something in particular that
you care about then you should go take a look to see if the money is going where you think
it should be. This year, the Green Party introduced a bill
to legalize ridesharing, which was shortly followed by a Liberal promise to do the same. The NDP don’t approve of this plan and say
they will study the issue. In terms of BC ferries, the liberals want
to introduce a loyalty program and improve onboard wifi. The NDP will cut fares on the small routes
and freeze them on the major ones as well as let seniors sail for free on weekdays. The Green Party wants to bring BC ferries
back under government control as a public service. The NDP want to stop the ICBC rate increases,
as well as get rid of bridge tolls, which the Liberals would cap at $500. They’d also introduce a tax credit for carsharing
services. On the other hand, the Greens will continue
to use bridge tolls to pay for infrastructure and incentivize alternative forms of transportation. All parties support the existing 10-year transit
vision for Metro Vancouver, which includes the Surrey LRT and a Broadway skytrain line. However, the NDP are putting more money into
Metro Vancouver transit overall. The New York Times called BC the “Wild West
of Canadian Political Cash”, largely due to the lack of regulation on campaign contributions. Both the NDP and the Greens have made this
a major part of their platform, promising to ban corporate and union donations, all
donations from out of province, as well as put a limit on individual contributions. The liberals have not made any electoral reform
commitments but plan to form a commission to weigh in on the issue. The Greens and the NDP also both favour a
change to a proportional representation system, with the NDP promising to hold a referendum
and the Greens promising to implement it immediately. This is just a snapshot of a few of the many,
complex issues in this election. If there’s something you really care about,
dig deeper, contact your candidate and talk with them. To all three parties. This took us WAY too long. And not just to compare everything – Just
trying to figure out what you mean about a LOT of issues was too difficult and totally
inaccessible for most people. We should NOT have to do this. If you want citizens to be engaged and come
out to vote, stop playing politics and show us your vision for BC. Thanks for watching, we hope you enjoyed this
video and if you did please subscribe and share it we’ve got many more on the way
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62 thoughts on “Your Guide to the BC Election: Who’s Promising What?

  1. Thanks for making this video! 7 minutes ago I wasn't comfortable making a decision… Why aren't videos like this a requirement for the parties?

  2. TL;DR Version: Are you rich and don't care at all about other people? Vote liberal. Otherwise, vote either NDP or green

  3. Awesome…Thank you for making this video, clears alot up for me. Luv the end (wink) Lol

  4. You guys have actually provided an amazing service to a lot of people by creating this video and including the message to the 3 parties at the end of the video. Thank you!

  5. Excellent! Thanks for doing all the reading for us. I did like the balanced approach used, and totally appreciate you breaking this down over the key topic areas.

  6. Great video, guys! Understanding things as best we can is so important.

    If it's not douchey of me to do this, I'm an economist who spent the entire last week researching and summarizing the performance of the economy under the BC NDP governments of 1991-2001, and the BC Liberals since. I leave it for anyone interested to look at:

    https://wetcoasteconomics.wordpress.com/

  7. hahahahahahahahahah 400 a year …LOL 400 a year is nothing when youre paying 10k-20k a year in rent

    GG $15 an hour min wage …have fun watching inflation fuck everything up

  8. thanks guys! we need more videos with breaking things down for easier understanding of voting options… at least some info here, it was helpful! 🙂

  9. Will Youth Voter Turnout Decide the B.C. Election?
    https://www.desmog.ca/2017/04/25/will-youth-voter-turnout-decide-b-c-election

    117 BC Liberal Falsehoods, Boondoggles and Scandals: The Complete List
    https://thetyee.ca/News/2017/04/18/Tyee_LiberalList.pdf

    It’s all a game to Christy Clark
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l98jJrRR0ZY

    Level 2: Christy Clark’s Game
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jH-8mybdMg

    Hydro Bill Madness
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCGiyL-vOCc

    http://sierraclub.bc.ca/hydro-bill-madness/

    BC Parties and Proportional Representation
    http://www.fairvote.ca/bc-parties-pr/

    Site C land should go back to farming
    http://www.kelownadailycourier.ca/opinion/letters_to_editor/article_f85d7e66-2944-11e7-bbfa-0341d8a3f79f.html

    Will Site C help bring down Christy Clark?
    http://www.kelownadailycourier.ca/opinion/letters_to_editor/article_8995b0de-2944-11e7-be0c-37ab40d3cf90.html

    Video: Wendy Holm on the Site C Dam (5:05)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJZuyUJzBKY

    http://holmonfood.blogspot.ca/search?q=site+C

    http://www.theholmteam.ca/WDF.Stake.in.the.Peace.pdf

    Site C dam project should be suspended: UBC study [includes 3 videos]
    http://globalnews.ca/news/3390946/site-c-dam-project-should-be-suspended-ubc-study/

    Going to Candidate Forums? Here’s some help! (April 22, 2017)
    https://keepingthepeace.wordpress.com/2017/04/22/going-to-candidate-forums-heres-some-help/

    Audio: Site C economics (April 19, 2017)
    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/programs/bcalmanac/april-19-2017-site-c-economics-children-in-nature-1.4076349

    Mulch on this: Bear Flat destruction becoming more visible
    By Ken and Arlene Boon
    http://www.alaskahighwaynews.ca/opinion/letters/mulch-on-this-bear-flat-destruction-becoming-more-visible-1.12552447

    "Yes, people need jobs but these are the jobs Christy Clark is so proud of creating jobs destroying a river valley. ….We have two simple requests, we encourage people to speak out against Site C and to get out and vote this government out of power." —Ken and Arlene Boon

    Ken and Arlene Boon 2:40 mark
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPvoN0FTty0

    http://www.stopsitec.org/

    https://www.justthedamfacts.ca

    https://www.justthedamfacts.ca/updates-list/

    http://watergovernance.ca/projects/sitec/

    https://www.facebook.com/PeaceValleyEnvironmentAssociation/

  10. This was great, there is a lot more in each platform but many of the main concerns are covered here. You can vote today:)

  11. Awesome job Jesse!! 6000 views very impressive. Hope you still remember me now that you're famous 😛

  12. Thank you for preparing this informative video. It made it much easier for our Gr. 4 – 7 students to understand the key issues and promises made by each party leader.

  13. Nice job. The NDP have a really comprehensive plan to invest in sustainable energy and grow green tech – I think it's worth mentioning as it wasn't in the video.

    Also important to note that platforms are non-binding documents.
    You also have to consider a politician's voting record and trustworthiness.

    For instance, the Greens claim to support public education in their platform, but their leader and sole MLA Andrew Weaver voted in favour of the BCLiberals budgets that slashed public education funding and led to the closure of 250 schools.

    So you have to balance promises with past actions and then decide who to trust.

  14. I would love a channel that was dedicated to making Canadian politics like this more accessible to all citizens. This video was wonderfully informative. Thank you.

  15. Thanks so much for the video!! I moved here too recently to vote but I appreciate this resource a lot

  16. I do hope people realize that the BC Liberals are independent, and completely different party from the Canadian Liberals. Please do not associate Trudeau's failures with the BC Liberals.

  17. You guys did a lot of work here, I really appreciate it. You've earned a sub. Here's my take on these positions.

    Housing: Liberals and Greens have the best platform. NDP's is impractical and causes more problems in the long term than it solves. The only real way to lower house prices in Vancouver and Victoria is to make them worse places to live so people move away, haha!

    Education: Liberals are better on daycare, as others are too expensive for the province, and do little to really help parents. Student loan repayment shouldn't be as important compared to investment into technology and sciences. Good jobs out of school means that student loan payments are payable already. Stop wasting money on non-competitive areas of study.

    Environment: Support NDP to comply with federal carbon tax mandate, but agree with Liberals on all 3 energy programs (dam, pipeline, LNG).

    Economy/Jobs: Greens are living in a dreamworld (or 2080) when green technologies even become close to comparable to regular ones for real economic growth. Liberals are a bit better than NDP here as less tax is always better, and "infrastructure" never means "fixing the potholes", it means "frivolous decorations in downtown and local art installments".

    Healthcare: None of the parties address my biggest healthcare issue: expand healthcare. Cover dental, eyecare, and prescriptions provincially and raise tax to cover it. And better mental health programs. This is one of the only places where bigger government is preferred for me.

    Transportation: All parties don't appeal to me here. Eliminate ICBC, and lessen driving regulations. As a non-Vancouver or Victoria citizen, I don't give a crap about ferries or skytrains. Vancouver and Island residents should pay for that, not all BCers.

    Electoral reform: NDP and Greens are fully correct here, but NDP will renege on this if they get elected guaranteed.

    Overall: I still don't know between the NDP and Liberals, but I'm leaning Liberals. NDPs seem to be over-focused on non-issues for me, and Liberals just want to do less crap that wastes our money. Greens are totally out for me. They're living in a fantasy land.

  18. Where the Parties Stand on Six Hot Issues
    https://thetyee.ca/News/2017/05/04/Party-Platform-Comparisons/

  19. 117 BC Liberal Falsehoods, Boondoggles and Scandals: The Complete List
    https://thetyee.ca/News/2017/04/18/Tyee_LiberalList.pdf

  20. Wow, this is an amazing video I used for a school project!Thanks for sharing, I look forward to more! 😀

  21. Movies, TV programs and Music make major contributions to BC's economy. Bob D'Eith has contributed to these industries for many years. If elected he will increase the value of these industries. A vote for Bob is a vote for yourself and your family.

  22. Land strategy was devised to create property barons. The astronomical price of shelter comes from robbing present and future generations of their earnings.

    Over the past several decades a variety of spurious pretexts were employed to place a halt on the further use of land. The price of homes in Vancouver, for example, rose from $12,000 to $3,000,000 from $27,000 to $4,000,000 and from $59,000 to $10,000,000. (A three-bedroom home in Detroit costs $15,000). A home in Vancouver that should cost $230,000 based on earnings level combined with inflation is offered for $5,000,000. Average sales price in Vancouver: 1960: $13,105. 1969: $23,939.

    Citizens are taking the bait.

    If it sounds too good to be true, it likely is.

    While we have abundant land it has been placed off limits for use in housing. Agricultural land on which no crops can grow. Forest that you can follow for 1000 miles northward and 3000 miles eastward. A mile at the forest edge would eliminate the housing issue permanently. Organized opposition puts a stop to each attempted use of land. Local regulations with unattainable requirements serve as a barrier to prevent new home construction. These have caused home prices to escalate beyond reach. Their true objective is to consolidate ownership and concentrate wealth into fewer hands.

    The property needs of a growing population were ignored and a disproportionate amount was declared parkland and forestland. Those most affected unwittingly tighten the snare on their own demise. A generation that had everything was determined that those that followed afterwards should have nothing. Don’t touch that tree.

    Homeowners are multi-millionaires, but cash broke. They must slave to retain their homes. If they sell, their heirs become slaves. To realize cash they may borrow on their equity, which means their property must be sold to repay loans and deferred property taxes upon winding-up of their estates. Ownership by individuals is ending.

    Rhetorical question: Where and how is the property tax money from what are now multi-million dollar properties that were formerly in the tens of thousands range, or 170 times their former value, being invested? Civic maintenance costs might have doubled or even tripled during that time, but are not 170 times their former level. Is this excess money being siphoned/gifted out of the country on the pretext of “investment” turning Canadians into vassals for a foreign state?

    A deliberately created artificial shortage has resulted in a multi-million dollar gulf to home ownership. Foreign purchases, a convenient scapegoat, is a symptom that exacerbates the issue, but is not the source. With no prospect of ever becoming established couples have stopped having children. The sense of fulfillment gained from home improvement and the legacy they will pass on to their heirs is absent when living in an apartment. Consumerism fails to fill this purposeless void so they seek escape in Islam. They serve the corporation, die in debt and building their home is relegated to the afterlife.

    Immigrants unaware of the impossibility of achieving the Canadian dream arrive to fill this gap.

    A few large corporations will end up owning all homes. Astronomical home prices justify corresponding rents. Rent absorbs as much as eighty percent of employment income and now exceeds pension income, serving as an abject reminder that citizens are victims of their own misguided policies formulated without vision.

    Homelessness and drugs decimate the underclass and middle class. (Homeless count in Vancouver: 3605). While the numbers are still low at about 100 deaths per month in Vancouver, for example, they are accelerating. The post-industrial, post-national era is neo-feudalism in which all property is owned by a few wealthy landowners. Rent is their source of income. Government will pay rent for new arrivals, at least for a while. When their benefits expire they are easily replaced from a global pool. Boundaries are redundant.

    Sharia Law is essential in a neo-feudal society comprised of two classes, wealthy landowners that grow richer daily without effort and the remainder that exist to serve their landlords and are separated from them by a multi-million dollar gulf, in order to protect the assets of the former and to keep in check the latter.

    All of the property on this planet belongs to the chosen few, together with the increase that it yields.

    It is being redeemed.

    In 1969 I earned $7284 per annum that was raised to $9180 eighteen months later. A home in Point Grey was on the market for $29,000. An offer of $27,500 was finally accepted. An equivalent home in Winnipeg cost $11,000. Vancouver was an expensive city. Prior to 1972 it was difficult to sell a home and might take two or more years. Then legislation that placed a stop to the use of land turned homes into a commodity and created a virtually monopoly market with monopoly prices.

    (Average sales price of houses in Vancouver: 1960: $13,105. 1969: $23,939.)*

    $27,500/$7284 = 3.8. In 1969 a home cost the equivalent of 3.8 years earnings.
    Today that home is worth $5,000,000 while an equivalent salary is about $60,000.

    Wage rise due to inflation: $60,000/$7284 = 8.2 times.

    Cost of home in terms of equivalent earnings: $5,000,000/$60,000 = 83.3 times or the equivalent of 83.3 years earnings.

    A price comparison yields: $5,000,000/$27,500 = 181.8 times its former cost.

    The home should cost $60,000 x 3.8 = $228,000.

    With both earnings and inflation taken into consideration $5,000,000/$228,000 = 21.9 times its normal value.

    The market for homes used to be a free market like that for cars and persons at each income level could afford to buy one as homeowners whose income increased moved on to newer, more expensive homes leaving their old homes to be purchased by new entrants.

    * I know prices from having lived through that era. I researched data for the average price. These can be verified from actual transactions for those years at the library. My example is for Point Grey. A home in East Vancouver cost about $12,000 or less at that time.

  23. My teacher showed this to us and it really cleared up a lot of my questions keep up the great work can't wait to see more

  24. Thanks for this…a great conversation starter for my grade eights before participating in the Student Vote.

  25. Thank you for great job. We look forward for more, Especially if you could team with local volunteers to put sub titles or even better voice over on some videos of yours if relevant to any of our various projects in our website. http://colombiran.ca/canadian-politics-complicated-politique-canadienne-complique-politica-canadiense-complicado-%D8%B3%DB%8C%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%AA-%DA%A9%D8%A7%D9%86%D8%A7%D8%AF%D8%A7/

  26. Thanks for putting this together! You guy's rock. This should be stage two of putting their platform together, distilling it into something digestible.

  27. How do these guys only have 279 (when i last checked) SUBSCRIBERS!?!?!?!?!?

    btw thanks, this really helped with my homework! 😀

  28. FABIAN SOCIALIST, wolves in sheep's clothing,,,,, Looks nice and GREEN from afar ,,,,, BUT ,,,,,,, FAR FROM NICE THEY ARE!!!!!GREEN DECEPTION,,,,,, antihuman depopulation spirit cooking ultra fascists that hide their true agenda behind a GREEN DOOR!!!!! DON'T VOTERS for this deception,,,,,, INVESTIGATE FABIAN SOCIALISM and you will see the blaring TRUTH OF WHAT THEY ARE!!!

  29. OH SHIT, WERE FUCKED! If the Greenies go with the liberials in exchange for one trader going over to the Greenies that they have the required four sitting members in order to be an official party. There is be some changes concerning spending and what the government will allow, tax and not tax. But for the most part, it should be near enough the same as now.
    BUT! is the Greenies back up the NDP in exchange for a trader… WE'RE ALL FUCKED!
    Not only will there be no oil pipe line, cutting down of trees, fishing, coal mining and shipping, natural gas shipping, basically anything that seems MKNEY for tax payers to pay for their combined PIE IN THE SKY ideas.
    FREE THIS AND THAT…her there and everywhere…cheaper this and that. but taxes and fees will jump to a point beyond what most people can pay.
    You need the money comming in from the resources to pay for our first class life style.
    How many more ECONOMIC REFUGEES will we need to support? Those that have ten kids and no jlabalities to work at anhthing.
    How many immagrants will expect their culture to recieve funding to keep them separate from Canadian culture. More and More immagrant circling their wagons against any thing Canadian.
    Dear god.. please bring along this province a great flood that we may start all over again .

  30. What about the CHP of Canada PARTY? They have been a party since the 1980’s…I’d really appreciate a full view of the political spectrum🙏🏼🙂

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