If elected, will your party be willing to strike an ad-hoc Committee comprising members of Cabinet and elected officials from Metro Vancouver that would meet regularly to discuss issues of common concern?
We have observed that the relationship between Metro Vancouver and the province has been dysfunctional, particularly on issues such as transportation. A BC Green government would work very hard to improve the working relationship. A BC Green government would be prepared to discuss such a committee or perhaps assigning a designated Parliamentary Secretary to liaise with Metro Vancouver.
If elected, how will your party commit to providing long-term, sustainable funding to Metro Vancouver for large capital projects such as upgrades to the Lions Gate and Iona Island Wastewater Treatment Plants, which under federal regulation must be completed by 2020 and 2030 respectively and that combined will cost in excess of $1.7 billion?
A BC Green government would provide at least 33% funding for infrastructure projects shared with the federal and local governments. We would give special consideration on a case by case basis for projects of special importance to the province.
If elected, will your party commit to supporting changes to the Home Owner Grant program that provide a fairer and more equitable property taxation system in BC, and if so, how?
BC Greens believe the home owner grant program needs to be examined in the context of broader reform of the tax system. It was introduced in a different age and has to be constantly patched up to address changes in the market. In the short term, a BC Green government would adjust the program to make it more fair. In the longer term we would undertake a major review of the property tax system, collaboratively with local and regional governments and with the public, to develop a modern, streamlined and equitable system for funding regional and municipal governments.