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Nanaimo By-Election on January 30, 2019
Vote strategically! Don’t waste your vote on the same old parties!
With Dr. Robin Richardson as your VIP MLA for Nanaimo, he would hold the balance of power in the BC Legislature for the next 3 years.
Think of things that Robin could get for Nanaimo!
There would be instant gains for Nanaimo if you vote for Dr. Robin Richardson as your next MLA.
Nanaimo News Now
January 28, 2019
Question 1: What is your top priority specific to Nanaimo, which you would work to address if elected to the legislature?
“If elected VIP MLA for Nanaimo to the BC Legislature, I would hold the balance of power for the next 3 years.
My top priority would be to demand that the NDP Government make the City of Nanaimo a 3-year pilot project in its February budget for a Guaranteed Annual Income (GAI) of $1,800 per person per month for all of Nanaimo’s citizens for the next 3 years.
I have studied the GAI worldwide since my doctoral days in economics at Harvard University in the late 1960’s.
Here are some of the things you can expect from a GAI of $1,800 per person per month:
1. The elimination of poverty for seniors, children, single moms, students, First Nations and others.
2. Reduced levels of depression.
3. A possible reduction in suicides.
4. Less crime. Lower police, detention and court costs.
5. More start-ups or expansion of small businesses.
6. Longer stays in school. Fewer dropouts.
7. More use of adult education.
8. More stay-at- home parents.
A GAI is quite affordable. We need to look at the net cost to taxpayers, not the gross cost. There would be SAVINGS in many government departments.”
Question 2: The current approach to Nanaimo’s homelessness issue is causing much angst in the community. What made-in-Nanaimo solutions would you lobby for to address the crisis?
“ A recent survey about the number of homeless in BC showed that Vancouver Island has a disproportionate number of homeless in BC. The VanIsle homeless (1,884) represents 24.6% of the BC homeless (7,655) whereas Vancouver Island’s population (about 800,000) is nearly 17% of the population of BC.
The Nanaimo homeless is the highest on a per capita basis than anywhere else on Vancouver Island.
The temporary housing solution to DisContent City was not well thought out by the NDP Government and previous Nanaimo City Council. It is destroying good will and property values in two neighbourhoods.
The VANISLE PROVINCE Party is a positive populist centrist provincial political party. We believe in consulting the grassroots neighbourhood associations before any decisions are made that could affect their properties and livelihoods.
One of the outcomes of my studies as an economist of various Guaranteed Annual Income (GAI) projects worldwide is that a GAI, set at the right level – say, $1,800 per person per month – as I am proposing for the City of Nanaimo, would stimulate builders to build affordable housing.
When the very poor are only getting social assistance, there is no incentive for builders to build affordable rental housing for them.”
Question 3: The current NDP government is taking steps to “cool” Nanaimo’s real estate market, lowering home values in the interim. Do you support this approach? Why or why not?
“I do not support the NDP speculation tax and, if elected your VIP MLA for Nanaimo, I would demand that it be removed in the NDP February budget or sooner from the Regional District of Nanaimo.
The NDP speculation tax is:
1. A blatant attempt by the NDP Government to take property rights away from homeowners with vacant properties and give these rights to the government.
2. A measure to force homeowners to become landlords and risk tenants destroying their property.
The speculation tax is designed to make homeowners prove that they are not speculators. It is bureaucracy at its worst! Some consultants in the BC Ministry of Finance should be fired!
The NDP Government did not have to go to this extreme to find out who has vacant property. Homeowners are viewed as “guilty until proven innocent.” This is not our legal system. It is unjust, anti-democratic and totalitarian in the extreme.
It is time that homeowners took back what belongs to us – our homes!”
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Robin will demand that the February NDP budget include:
(1) A pilot project for a Guaranteed Annual Income (GAI) for the City of Nanaimo. This will end poverty for low income seniors, children and others.
(2) A pilot project for free tuition for students at the Vancouver Island University (VIU) with 4 years VanIsle residency and from families with no more than $90,000 family income
(3) An end to the NDP speculation tax on all properties in the Regional District of Nanaimo.
(4) Provincial funding for a passenger- only ferry service from downtown Nanaimo to downtown Vancouver.
(5) A full comprehensive cancer treatment centre in Nanaimo so that people do not have to drive to Victoria for radiation treatment.
(6) A comprehensive cardiac care service in Nanaimo, again to avoid forcing patients to travel to Victoria.
(7) Easing housing costs and building more affordable units for renters and families.
(8) Provincial funding for tourism development on Newcastle Island for the Snuneymuxw First Nation and its Petroglyph Development Corp.
(9) Full funding of legal aid and the removal of the $5,500 cap on soft tissue injuries from ICBC.
(10) Funding for the E& N Railway to get it up and running again as soon as possible, providing safe, fast and clean commuter and cargo service from Nanaimo to Victoria, and viceversa.
Dirk Heydemann interviews with by-election candidate Robin Richardson of the Vancouver Island Party
Dr. Richardson’s campaign goals for the citizens of Nanaimo are:
1. A world class diversified job strategy for more high paying jobs in Nanaimo in high tech, green and clean manufacturing, value added resource industries, clean coal, construction, cannabis, tourism and service businesses, including government.
2. The support of employee ownership plans which are proven to improve employee income, productivity and morale.
3. The prohibition of “Right to-Work (RTW) legislation in order to protect both unionized and non-unionized workers against downward wage and benefit pressure from powerful employers.
4. The removal of the NDP speculation tax on all properties in the Regional District of Nanaimo.
5. The removal of the $5,500 cap on soft tissue injuries from ICBC.
6. Full funding of Legal Aid by giving 100% of the monies raised by the tax on legal services to fund legal aid.
7. Dental care to be included in provincial health services.
8. A passenger-only ferry service from Nanaimo to downtown Vancouver.
9. The elimination of BC Ferries’ fares for individuals – walk-on, drivers and passengers; reduced fares for cars and trailers; and substantially reduced fares for trucks with 2,000 or more tonnes of cargo.
10. For Vancouver Island University (VIU), free tuition for its students with at least 4 years residency in middle and high school in the Regional District of Nanaimo and from families with $90,000 or less family income. The Government of New Brunswick established such a policy in 2016, with a family cut-off of $60,000.
Adult students of any age may also qualify for this student aid benefit with 4 years of VanIsle residency, provided they are from families with $90,000 or less family income.
All student loans will be interest-free provided they are paid off within 10 years.
There would be preferential hiring programs for VIU graduates to stay in Nanaimo to pursue their professions and trades.
11. A guaranteed annual income (GAI) for the City of Nanaimo residents with at least 12 months residency geared to the living wage in Nanaimo, and indexed annually to the cost of living. This GAI would be a key income support to reduce poverty in Nanaimo.
If the NDP Government chooses to implement a 3-city 3- year pilot project, as recommended by The Vancouver Island Party (VIP), in its 2019 provincial budget, Nanaimo should be one of the cities or towns included in this project.
A GAI is proven not to discourage work. With an income safety net, recipients often get better jobs and many start new businesses.
A GAI provides higher income support than social assistance and would provide an incentive to developers to build affordable rental housing in Nanaimo.
A GAI will replace the current social assistance and other income support programs. Its net cost to taxpayers is substantially reduced.
12. As an additional strategy to reduce child poverty, encourage school breakfasts programs in all schools in the Nanaimo – Ladysmith School District and engage private organizations, such as churches, to administer these programs. BC has the highest child poverty rate in Canada (1 out of 5 children). The child poverty rate in Victoria is even higher than the provincial average (1 out of 4 children). Nanaimo may be even worse.
13. Tent cities and panhandling will not be allowed anywhere near commercial business districts.
14. For the Snuneymuxw First Nation and its Petroglyph Development Group, provincial funding for its tourism development project for Newcastle Island. Also, working with the new Nanaimo-Ladysmith MP, work for the release of National Defence lands for much needed First Nation housing.
15. For the Regional District of Nanaimo, provincial support for water conservation, sewerage projects and dykes and seawalls.
16. Earthquake protection for all public buildings.
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