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November 25, 2014

Are you on TEAM BC 2017?

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Are you a member of Today’s BC Liberals? If you’re not, it’s time to sign up – and draft a friend while you’re at it. (Or renew if you’re a current member!)

Being on our team means you’re on board to keep taxes low, grow the economy, and continue making BC the very best place to live, work, and raise a family. It also gives you the benefits of choosing elections candidates and impacting party policy, while getting to know others who share your core values (and who like to have a little fun – I mean, just look at Convention 2014).

Sounds pretty awesome, right?

Well, if that’s not enough incentive to join, let me remind you that every passing day brings us to another election when, once again, BC’s future will be at stake. That’s where you come in – we need you on our roster to help us bring home yet another big win in 2017 – a win that will protect BC’s economy for this generation, and for generations to come.

That’s why we’re offering up a special prize for those who join TEAM BC 2017 early. We’re offering our new and returning teammates a chance to meet with the coach, Premier Christy Clark, over lunch in beautiful downtown Vancouver. We’ll pay the way for one BC resident (and their guest of choice) who signs up between now and April 30, 2015 – all you have to do is register.

 
Oh – and if you renewed or joined at any point this year, you’re also entered – we appreciate your pre-season spirit!

We’ll announce the winner in May. Until then, stay in touch by subscribing to our emails, volunteering, or by attending local events to meet BC MLAs and the Premier’s Cabinet.

Join TEAM BC Now!

By Jillian Stead
November 8, 2014

Five Minutes of Your Time

    “Each of us has a job to do to educate our children, our family and our friends about how important it is that municipal politicians stand up for economic growth.  I believe that municipal politicians that have the courage to stand up for that should be rewarded. And they will be if every single one of you decides that you want to get involved and you want to elect the right kind of leaders in communities where you live.”

– Premier Christy Clark, October 2, 2104, Vancouver Board of Trade

The message is simple, but vital: a strong BC needs a strong economy.

Right now, we have an opportunity to get to a debt-free British Columbia with the support of our natural resources sectors and by expanding international trade. But, in order to fully seize these opportunities for growth, as our Premier so aptly points out, we have to do our part and help elect those who support our vision for a strong BC on November 15th.

And so, with only days remaining in the municipal campaign, I’m taking the time to get in touch with my family, friends, and neighbours to let them know how much their vote matters.  That’s why I’m sharing with you this important message from our Executive Director Laura Miller, and I hope that if you agree, you’ll share it too:

It’s easy in politics to oppose, to appeal to the lowest common denominator, to say no. It’s much harder to be principled, to take a stand. Now I don’t know about you but I want to elect candidates who actually stand for something, who understand and appreciate reality – particularly when it comes to jobs and the economy.

Our economy is resource-based. Forestry, mining, natural gas generate the wealth that keep our taxes low and pay for important services like education and health care. ‎These industries create and sustain hundreds of thousands of direct and indirect jobs in our community (if you live in an urban community, know that these industries support your local engineering, legal, financial, environmental, and supply companies). These industries keep BC strong.

‎We need BC to become even stronger. Responsible resource development is how we keep and create the jobs we need for future generations. Our children and grandchildren deserve to have the same, if not better, opportunities here at home.

(All the while, of course, protecting our province’s natural beauty and pristine environment. We’ve done a pretty good job of it so far. And with increased awareness and new technological innovations, we‎ can and will do better. Don’t let anyone ever tell you otherwise).

‎These are indisputable truths about our economy. But not everyone believes it. There are some candidates who refuse to support responsible resource development. These naysayers would slow our economy to a crawl through red tape, which would result in higher taxes, fewer jobs, and more debt. And these candidates will succeed at this if their supporters show up at the polls.

Because, with voter turnout predicted to reach an all-time low, every ballot cast will carry more weight.

And that’s why I’m taking the time to write all of you today, to let you know that this election does matter and your vote counts for more than ever before.

So if you’re like me and believe in taking a stand, in a growing economy, in creating more jobs, in generating more opportunity for our province to keep taxes low and pay for hospitals and schools, ‎we need to be active in these elections. Here’s how:

  1. Identify the local candidates who support economic growth and demonstrate respect for the one taxpayer, to manage down rising costs of municipal governments.
  2. Make a plan to vote so you can support these candidates. Find your local polling station. Set a time on November 15th you’ll go cast your ballot. Arrange to go with a friend or family member (or better yet 5 of them)
  3. Take 5 minutes right now to reach out to your friends, family, and neighbours. ‎Forward this message. Or write your own. Post it on Facebook or your office bulletin board. Share the contents over coffee, in your driveway, or at the arena.

Whatever you do, however you choose to do it, let’s dig deep over the next few days and work to elect municipal candidates who stand for something: a strong BC.

By Jillian Stead
October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween from all of us at the BC Liberals Headquarters in Vancouver!

 

By Jillian Stead
October 29, 2014

Surprised?

In 2013, British Columbians voted for our plan to grow the economy and get to a debt-free BC. That included a comprehensive strategy to develop a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) industry that could generate 100,000 jobs and $1 trillion in economic activity. Landing this new industry is a path to paying down our provincial debt and contributing to a cleaner, greener planet.

Last month, Environment Minister Mary Polak and Finance Minister Mike de Jong introduced two new pieces of legislation that are the cornerstones of this plan. The first will ensure that BC will have the world’s cleanest LNG facilities, while the second will create an LNG Income Tax that gives certainty to businesses with a competitive tax structure, while ensuring British Columbia receives a fair share of the revenue.

Unfortunately, the NDP continue to stand in the way of this generational opportunity, and continue to oppose our efforts to contribute to a cleaner planet.

Two weeks ago, John Horgan’s NDP voted to delay a critical part of our LNG plan, and this past week, they opposed the legislation that would ensure BC has the world’s cleanest LNG facilities. That’s not leadership – that’s the same old NDP, standing in the way of economic development and progress on combating climate change.

This legislation will further British Columbia’s leadership on combating climate change, and ensure we lead the world with the cleanest LNG facilities.

Here’s what Minister Polak said in the Legislature: “This piece of legislation might be the piece of legislation that, in the future, I look back upon as being one of the most impactful on the future of British Columbia and, in fact, the world.”

But, John Horgan and the same old NDP dismissed the actions taken by the BC Liberals, accusing the party of “doing stupid things” by introducing this GHG-combatting bill. In typical fashion, he didn’t offer any alternatives.

Are you surprised?

We’re not. We went to our Executive Director, Laura Miller to try and make sense of all of this. Here’s what subscribers to her Executive Director’s Update received late last week, detailing just what the NDP had to say about the BC Liberal Party’s plan to move on our LNG opportunity:

Just like their mentor Adrian Dix, Horgan and the NDP continue to make things up on the fly:

• They say they support exporting LNG, but they won’t rule out a moratorium on extracting natural gas.
• They say they want an LNG industry, but they also call it a “pipedream”.
• They say we need to move quickly to land LNG, but they voted to stall LNG for six months while they study it further.
• They say they stand for more services, but they fight against the very economic development that would pay for it.

Once again, raise your hand if you’re surprised.

All this twisting in the wind would be laughable but for the impact on BC’s future.

LNG is a once-in-a-generation opportunity. It has the potential to create 100,000 jobs and $1 trillion in economic activity, which will put us on the path to a debt-free BC.

To seize this opportunity, government needs to provide certainty to the LNG companies. That’s why Premier Christy Clark convened a fall session of the legislature ‎focused on passing a comprehensive, made-in-BC LNG plan. We want to provide clarity, encourage investment, and secure this industry now.‎

Premier Christy Clark and Today’s BC Liberals will continue to fight for family-supporting jobs by growing BC’s economy and we’ll let you know if we ever find out just what the NDP are doing.
Until then, we encourage you to share this with your friends and family.

Laura Miller
Executive Director, Today’s BC Liberals

PS – Did you know you can get these monthly updates right to your inbox? Be sure to sign up here to get on our mailing list, then click “subscribe to our Executive Director’s Update” in your confirmation email. It’s the best way to get an insider’s glimpse at government and party issues, straight from our party’s Executive Director.

By Jillian Stead