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Free Tuition – A New Approach To Student Aid

Free Tuition – A New Approach To Student Aid

by Robin Richardson
The Vancouver Island Party (VIP) proposes free tuition for college and university students who have four years prior registry as students in Vancouver Island middle and high schools. The family income cut-off for this policy would be $90,000 or less. The VIP notes that one of the first actions of the new NDP provincial government was to introduce this policy for students from foster homes. We applaud this action. The VIP also notes that the Government of New Brunswick introduced this free tuition policy in 2016 for families of $60,000 or less. If NB, why not BC? The Vancouver Island [...]

The Solution To The Oil Trade War

by Robin Richardson
Let's Import More Refined Oil from Washington State and Build New Oil Refineries In British Columbia Re: "Alberta's move to cut energy will hit more than B.C. fuel" Dan Healing, The Canadian Press, April 18, 2018, page B1. Victoria, April 18, 2018. The answer to the current and, perhaps, future continuing impasse between British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan lies in two directions: (1) short-term; import more refined oil from Washington State and, (2) longer-term; build more refinery capacity in Vancouver, the Lower Mainland and, perhaps, elsewhere in British Columbia. Import More Refined Oil From Washington State Right now, there is [...]

A New Voting System For British Columbia

The Vancouver Isand Party recently posted its recommendation for a Mixed Member System (MMS) of voting for the October 2018 referendum on the Government website. Your comments are most apppreciated. Dr. Robin M. Richardson, Ph.D. Leader The Vancouver Island Party “A New Voting System For British Columbia: Let The BC Regions Matter” by Robin Richardson and Alex Greer, The Vancouver Island Party February 10, 2018 The Vancouver Island Party (VIP), in proposing a mixed First Past The Post (FPTP) and Proportional Representative (PR) system of voting called the Mixed Member Seat (MMS) system for the October 2018 referendum, strongly recommends [...]

Guaranteed Annual Income

by Robin Richardson
A Poverty Reduction Strategy For British Columbia: The Guaranteed Annual Income (GAI) Dr. Robin M. Richardson, Ph.D. Leader, The Vancouver Island Party November 27, 2017 On November 27, 2017. VIP Leader Robin Richardson attended the first of a series of poverty reduction workshops sponsored by the NDP government’s Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction. He hand-delivered the following research paper on a Guaranteed Annual Income (GAI) for British Columbia to the Cabinet Minister, the Honourable Shane Simpson. Your comments on this research paper are most welcomed. BC does not need a patchwork of existing and new policies to fight [...]

VIP 2018 Party Council Meetings

Please record the following dates for VIP Party Council monthly meetings for 2018. We have moved to bi-monthly Thursday evening meetings in Victoria and Saturday in Nanaimo for member convenience and in order to increase attendance.. Everyone who supports the VIP is welcome to attend. This year, we will repeat the Agenda in both Victoria and Nanaimo sequential meetings. Victoria supporters need not attend the next Nanaimo meeting unless they wish to. Likewise, UpIsland supporters need not attend the next Victoria meeting unless they wish to. Victoria VIP supporters may have relatives or friends living north of the Malahat that [...]

VIP Highway Signs, Donations & Membership

by Robin Richardson
Membership A VIP annual membership is only $5.00. The maximum annual personal donation is $1,200. Donations of $250.00 or less are anonymous as far as Elections BC reporting requirements are concerned. Businesses and unions can no longer make donations.. You may become VIP Member at our meeting or by signing up on our website ( Email Newsletter If you have friends/family/co-workers who would like more information about VIP, they can subscribe their email address on our website ( to receive weekly messages from our Leader and other VIP members on topical issues of the day. Social Media You can find [...]

The Vancouver Island Party (VIP) and other Small Political Parties Oppose The Proposed NDP Government Taxpayer Subsidy For Election Financing Reform

by Robin Richardson
The Vancouver Island Party endorses the initiative of other smaller provincial political parties in objecting to the proposed taxpayer subsidy which will only benefit the larger parties. It is discriminatory, anti-democratic and a complete waste of taxpayer money. This NDP subsidy should be dropped from the proposed electoral financing legislation. Print the whole letter, including endorsements and copies to party leaders. Word Document PDF Document Thank you Robin Dr. Robin M. Richardson, Ph.D. Leader The Vancouver Island Party Toll-free: 1-844-933-4VIP

VIP Advocates Free Tuition for College and University Students

by Robin Richardson
The Vancouver Island Party (VIP) commends the new NDP BC Government for waiving BC college and university fees for former foster children. This new program will waive tuition at all 25 post-secondary schools for any young person from BC who has spent at least two years in provincial foster care. The Vancouver Island Party wants this free tuition policy to be extended to all students with at least 4 year residency ( middle and high school), decent marks and from families with $90,000 or less annual family income. The policy would not apply for foreign students or students from out [...]

VIP Party Council Plus 2017 Meetings

by Robin Richardson
SPECIAL INVITATION! As a VIP supporter, you are invited to attend any or all of the monthly meetings of our VIP Party Council. We welcome your participation as we build a winning team for the next election. We alternate between Victoria and Nanaimo locations. In 2018, we will hold monthly meetings in both Victoria and Nanaimo. These will be in the second and fourth weeks, and may be on Wednesday evenings instead of Saturdays. If anyone wishes to be a VIP candidate or knows of someone who would like to be one, please get in touch with me as soon [...]

The VIP Planning & Upcoming Goals

Hello VIP Supporters Here is some up-to-date content on where we are as The Vancouver Island Party and where we are planning, with your help, want to go in the weeks and months ahead. 1. VIP Goals The immediate goal of The Vancouver Island Party (VIP) is to have 14 candidates for a full Vancouver Island slate of candidates for the next election. We want to achieve this goal sooner rather than later in view of the minority NDP government situation in BC. The minority federal government of the Right Honourable Joe Clark, PC, MP, lasted only 9 months. I [...]