A 4-Day

Work Week

 

The 5 day work week was established 100 years ago.

A lot has changed since then, and it’s time that BC adapt to the current realities of work. 

Other politicians are either opposed to the idea, or think we need to wait ten years to implement it.

Sonia disagrees. She believes we shouldn’t wait to build a better world. 

Click HERE to keep this issue moving forward in BC.

 

My platform is being developed in consultation with experts, volunteers and community organizations. It is a set of high-level, evidence-based policies that give a clear sense of my vision while allowing for further consultation and costing ahead of the next provincial election.

 

Strategy for a Resilient Economy

The goal: To have the healthiest, most innovative and resilient economy in Canada by investing in the infrastructure and the wellbeing of the people who are the foundation of the economy.

 

The economic conditions for entrepreneurship and innovation are directly tied to the social conditions in which people thrive in their communities. Employers in turn thrive when they are able to harness the energy of that healthy and creative workforce. To compete with other innovative economies, we need to recognize that social policy is economic policy and invest in the people of B.C.

 

  1. Adopt health and wellbeing budgets with genuine progress indicators focused on economic, health, social and environmental factors, and require Ministries to justify spending in accordance with measurable progress on these indicators.
  2. Scale up social program funding to improve indicators in #1. Priority programs will include:
    1. universal early childhood education and child care;
    2. public and post-secondary education;
    3. programs to achieve universal livable wages, such as a guaranteed livable income;
    4. demand and supply-side affordable housing measures; and
    5. mental health care
  3. In consultation with business, labour and other stakeholders, explore policies to improve work-life balance and health and wellbeing for workers, such as a shorter work week for full-time workers and modernized labour laws for independent contract workers.
  4. Fund innovation clusters based on the proposal from the Innovation Commissioner’s report, including:
    1. regional/community clusters that focus on rural and First Nations ecosystems;
    2. emerging technology clusters that bring together talent and resources from business and academia; and
    3. scale up, market-driven clusters that support firms to thrive, connect to global opportunities and raise growth capital.
  5. Review the Employer Health Tax and reconsider the suggestions proposed by the MSP Task Force as a means of replacing revenue.
  6. Increase funding and spaces for innovation-related post-secondary spots, co-ops and apprenticeships.

Strategy for Renewal

The goal: to facilitate an equitable, sustainable economic renewal that distributes prosperity throughout B.C. and improves quality of life for British Columbians

 

We have a huge opportunity to reimagine what we want our communities to look like. For me, that means making them safer, healthier, and more connected for everyone. These changes are entirely within our grasp, and they have the ability to unite our province behind a common vision for our future.

 

  1. Consult with local governments and other stakeholders to explore how the province can support improved livability such as walkable neighbourhoods, complete communities, connected communities, and healthy community design. Policies may include:
    • Expanding provincial funding for projects such as bike lanes, parks, community spaces, and pedestrian-only streets;
    • Creating incentives for electric bikes, such as removing PST, and options for charging stations;
    • Exploring incentives to encourage fuel-switching by revising the carbon tax from non-GHG emitting fuels (biofuels) to reflect the actual net lifecycle emissions.
  2. Develop a green industrial strategy that engages industry, labour, and other stakeholders to create plans to fairly and efficiently manage carbon budgets while maximising our green industrial potential.
  3. Engage with industry, labour, and other stakeholders to develop green industries and direct provincial and leverage federal funding for a just, green economic renewal. Priority projects will include:
    • Affordable rental and co-op housing;
    • Rapid transit expansion, including new projects, service expansion, and fleet electrification;
    • Smaller scale distributed renewable energy projects;
    • Materials management (recycling/zero-waste) facilities;
    • Workforce and small business retraining, re-tooling, and upskilling.
  4. Work with local and regional governments to establish an equitable, stable long-term funding model for transit.

Strategy for Climate and Resource Resilience

The goal: establish a resilient province where all people are safe, secure, and healthy in times of crisis, and can thrive once we’re out of them.

 

We have so many challenges – income insecurity, the affordability crisis, and climate change – that require long-term planning. Resilience will not only serve as a defensive mechanism in times of crisis, but it will also enable us to achieve greater levels of success in the good times.

 

  1. Create a Resilient BC Strategy to:
    • Protect communities from wildfires and flooding through landscape level, ecologically-centred, forest management and fuel treatment projects.
    • Build capacity in communities at risk of extreme weather events and natural disasters and to support effective disaster response and recovery
    • Diversify fuel sources in rural communities to assist with transition off of diesel generators to clean tech through transition programs
    • Create jobs throughout the province by investing in ecological and biodiversity protection programs.
  2. Recognize that access to clean water is a human right and ensure B.C. communities have long-term, reliable, and equitable access to clean water by:
    • Creating a dedicated Watershed Security Fund.
    • Including watersheds as part of an ecosystem-based management approach to development.
    • Working with local governments, school districts and other stakeholders to upgrade municipal infrastructure and replace household pipes through grants and incentives.
    • Exploring science-based solutions to reduce water acidity.
  3. Create a Food Secure B.C. strategy to make B.C. agriculture more climate resilient, improve local food security and support agricultural producers.
  4. Consult with industry, labour and stakeholders to ensure the benefits of B.C. resources flow to local communities by directly sharing more resource revenues with local First Nations, municipalities, and regional districts.
  5. Involve First Nations, municipalities, and regional districts as partners in a broader area-based land use planning process.
  6. Further our investment in value-added wood-based industries through research funding and access to fibre.
  7. Explore policies to increase community forests.
  8. Immediately halt logging of old-growth forests that are very high risk from a biodiversity perspective.
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