The perennials are blooming

It is oft said in political circles that Young New Democrats go to convention to make policy, Young Conservatives go to convention to make contacts and Young Liberals go to convention to get laid. Certainly, based on documents leaked to Public Eye, the New Democrats (both young and old) are living up to that reputation. At next month's party convention, members could be debating at least 132 resolutions, submitted by committees, affiliates and constituency associations from across the province. In addition to perennial favourites calling on the New Democrats to reverse the government's privatization initiatives, put a moratorium on aquaculture expansion and introduce a guaranteed annual income for all British Columbians (among other delights), a number of newsworthy proposals could also be making their way to the convention floor.

The party's good governance committee is proposing that some regional health board members should be elected. The Vancouver-Point Grey consttituency association and the Salt Spring Island NDP club are calling on the party to support a declaration on the principles of parks - reaffirming the "sanctity" of those protected areas. And another resolutions demands the party support a ban on video lottery terminals.

The New Democrat's gender parity pushers also have a number of resolutions up for convention debate: one proposing the establishment an affirmative action committee "charged with recruiting affirmative action candidates for nomination" prior to the 2009 provincial election. And the women's rights committee is calling for changes that would ensure at least 50 percent of constituency association convention delegates and constituency association executive members are women. The following is a complete copy of those resolutions.

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2005 BC NDP CONVENTION RESOLUTIONS

ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS

A2005-01 First Nations Outreach
WHEREAS the BC NDP as a political body no longer has an active Aboriginal advisory committee; and

WHEREAS the BC NDP as a whole (MLAs, executive, council members, organizers) needs to be fully informed of the new evolving relationship between First Nations and the Crown and would benefit from up-to-date information on Aboriginal issues in BC; and

WHEREAS Aboriginal peoples’ issues legal climate in British Columbia is constantly evolving and the recent court decisions have placed more of the onus of consultation and accommodation on government; and

WHEREAS BC's First Nations leadership recently signed a historical Leadership Accord that commits them to work together on areas of common interest such as advancing the interests of First Nations in British Columbia; and

WHEREAS the main agenda for the November 2005 First Ministers meeting that will be held in Vancouver is Aboriginal issues; and

WHEREAS the pre-election, short, conference call training session on "Working more effectively with Aboriginal peoples" for BC NDP MLA candidates was very well received and many of the candidates commented that they could use far more in-depth training;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the BC NPD head office immediately resource and offer the NDP as a whole (MLAs, executive, council members, organizers) the opportunity to attend training/workshops to obtain a better understanding of Aboriginal issues in British Columbia and to learn to work effectively with the Aboriginal peoples.

Vancouver Mount Pleasant

A2005-02 First Nations Treaties
WHEREAS the BC Government has been dragging its heels in resolving treaties with our First Nations communities;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the BC NDP urge the BC Government to continue the Treaty Process negotiations with renewed vigor to ensure a speedy conclusion.

Cowichan Ladysmith

ADVANCED EDUCATION

B2005-01 Access to Post-Secondary Education and Tuition Fees
WHEREAS tuition fees for the average BC student pursuing a post-secondary education have more than doubled since the BC Liberal government lifted the former NDP government's tuition fee freeze in 2002; and

WHEREAS regressive fees are now being charged for Adult Basic Education denying thousands of British Columbians the ability to upgrade their high school education and earn a high school diploma; and

WHEREAS the recent Layton/Martin Federal Budget includes an investment of $1.5 billion to be used to increase access to post-secondary education, specifically mentioning reduction of tuition fees; and

WHEREAS the allocation of $1.5 billion in federal funding to reduce tuition fees and improve access is unprecedented in the history of Canada;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the BC NDP call for federal dollars for post-secondary education being spent on enhancing access by reducing tuition fees; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the BC NDP call on the BC Liberal government to pass legislation ensuring Adult Basic Education is free for all British Columbians.

Vancouver Mount Pleasant
Advanced Education Policy Review Committee

B2005-02 Skills Shortages, Trades Training and Apprenticeships
WHEREAS the province is in the midst of a growing skills shortage in the trades due in part to an aging population; and

WHEREAS the government appointed Economic Advisory Council has cited a skills shortage as a major risk to BC's economy; and

WHEREAS many trades face a potential decline in quality and standards through the employment of unqualified workers; and

WHEREAS young people eligible for trades training remain on waiting lists for trade and apprenticeship programs while significant numbers of women have little choice but to work in low paying, minimum skilled jobs;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the BC New Democrats demand that the BC Liberal government take immediate action including increased funding, to expand accessibility for training and apprenticeship programs to all British Columbians and that the government increase financial supports to students of trades and apprenticeships programs.

Powell River Sunshine Coast
Victoria Hillside

B2005-03 Education Cost Relief Act
WHEREAS the costs of tuition, residence costs, books and debt levels for post secondary students is rising and low and middle income students cannot earn sufficient income to pay the higher costs: and

WHEREAS the Provincial NDP formerly called for freezes on tuition at lower levels and then roll backs on the tuition increases from 2001-2004:and

WHEREAS the impact of increased costs falls on those less able to finance their education, preventing lower and middle socio-economic groupings in post secondary educational institutions to attend full time; and

WHEREAS the impact of increased costs directly has increased the individual debt loads that students at graduation are carrying and often prolonging completion of education programs;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the New Democratic Caucus propose the following Bill in the forthcoming sessions (Fall 2005 - Spring 2006):

Post-Secondary Student Education Costs Relief Act
1. That each student attending post secondary certified and ministry approved college, technical institute and university in BC shall be eligible to receive a direct BC provincial government cheque of $ 1000 plus an index inflationary increase for the year 2005 in January 2006.
2. That such cheque shall be mailed to each eligible student who has successfully completed their first semester (fall -2005) and is continuing their studies in the January -May 2006 semester.
3. That part-time students would receive a proportional amount equivalent to the number of courses being taken as a percentage of the minimum annual requirement (e.g two of five would generate a cheque of 40 %)
4. That this cheque be paid annually in the January of each year with the purpose of offsetting living and educational expenses which may include any of the following categories: living expenses while attending school, tuition, books and school required equipment; educational debt reduction while the student is attending a registered institution.
5. That post secondary institutions shall not be the initial direct recipient of funds specifically directed to individual enrolled students.
6. That the level of student educational financial relief shall be reviewed annually by a committee of the BC Legislature and shall include an additional item of inflation relief based on the previous year's inflation rate of educational expenses.
7. The purpose of this Education Costs Relief Act is to recognize the impact of rising costs on individual students and families, the level of personal debt undertaken, the inadequacy of short term earned income to fund expenses, and the public recognition of the value of student effort in achieving their educational goals at a reasonable fiscal cost. The Act also recognizes the impact of higher costs on low and middle income individuals and families.

Okanagan Vernon
Kelowna Mission

AGRICULTURE

C2005-01 Agricultural Land Reserve
WHEREAS an alarming increase in applications to withdraw excellent farmland from the Agricultural Land Reserve is occurring in British Columbia's finest farming regions, including recent removal of 400 acres of class 1 and 2 soils in Abbotsford and 1,000 acres currently being considered for removal from the ALR on Barnston Island, and

WHEREAS Regional Panels of the ALC are granting such exclusions on the basis of what are described as "community needs" for urban development rather than performing the ALC's primary mandate to preserve farmland in the provincial interest; and

WHEREAS the loss of such lands cannot be compensated for by adding less productive lands in other regions of the province;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the NDP reaffirm its commitment to the ALR and the preservation of BC's farmland by ensuring:

* renewed dedication of the ALR to the preservation of BC's farmland, rather than its current apparent role as land bank for urban development
* no net loss of farmland within regions and soil categories must be the key operating principle for the ALR
* a dominant role for the provincial interest in future land use decisions by the ALR
* the ALC maintains an up to date public inventory of BC's ALR land, specifying soil classifications
* restoration of sufficient funding to enable the ALC to carry out this mandate; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the BC NDP immediately press the Liberal Government to place a moratorium on all Agricultural Land Commission decisions that remove land from the ALR, including those already made under the new regional structure and those pending, until a thorough bi-partisan examination with public participation can assess the extent to which regional ALC panels are fulfilling the Commission's mandate to preserve the province's farmland for future generations, and are using soil capability as determined by agronomists as the principal criterion for land use decisions.

Abbotsford Clayburn
Okanagan Westside
Saanich South
Standing Committee on Agriculture

C2005-02 Financial Aid for New Co-Op Meat Processing Plants
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the BC NDP endorse the Standing Committee on Agriculture Report (2004 &2005) that supports financial aid for new co-op owned meat processing plants in British Columbia.

Cariboo North

C2005-03 Avian Influenza
WHEREAS the recent Avian Flu epidemic was of a grave concern for farmers, poultry processing workers and public health and;

WHEREAS there has been no public review of this epidemic;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the question of the relationship between the Avian Flu outbreak and density of flocks on farms is thoroughly investigated to insure the protection of the public from future outbreaks through regulation of the poultry industry with the identification of procedures to prevent future outbreaks and the required control of such outbreaks.

Standing Committee on Agriculture

C2005-04 Farmer's Advocate
WHEREAS the creation of the Landowner Liaison Inspector in the Oil and Gas Commission Office has been viewed by the Agriculture Industry as not effective as is the Farmer's Advocate in Alberta; and

WHEREAS there is a distinct need for legal, practical and other advice/services that is provided by the Farmer's Advocate in Alberta by the Agriculture Industry; and

WHEREAS this function can only be provided through an independent office;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the NDP lobby the BC government to create a Farmer's Advocate to be structured similarly to the Farmer’s Advocate in the province of Alberta at an early date; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Land Owner Liaison position with the Oil and Gas Commission be incorporated with this new independent agency.

Peace River North

CONSTITUTION AND PARTY AFFAIRS

D2005-01 One Member One Vote
WHEREAS the BC NDP has repeatedly confirmed its commitment to a system of one member one vote for the election of its Leader; and

WHEREAS the members of the BC NDP have remained committed to practically implementing one member one vote; and

WHEREAS Provincial Council has mandated that all future elections for Party Leader be undertaken using a one member one vote model; and

WHEREAS Constitutional amendments to enable one member one vote have been brought to several conventions; and

WHEREAS at its last convention the BC NDP again confirmed its commitment to one member one vote; and

WHEREAS a one member one vote committee was struck in 2003 to determine the mechanics of one member one vote;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the BC NDP Constitution Section 12.01 be amended to read: "The Provincial Leader of the BC NDP shall be elected by every member in good standing of the BC NDP."

Constitution and Party Affairs Committee
Oak Bay Gordon Head

D2005-02 RESOLUTIONS NOT HEARD AT CONVENTION
WHEREAS the resolutions process is the primary method of creating Party policy; and

WHEREAS constituencies spend considerable time developing and proposing such policy; and

WHEREAS Provincial Council is charged with important responsibilities regarding strategic Party operation between conventions; and

WHEREAS the Party Policy Review Committee has responsibility for encouraging policy review committees and their ongoing work; and

WHEREAS the Policy Review Committee is charged with steering resolutions throughout the convention cycle; and

WHEREAS there is an interest within the Party to revise and make more relevant Party policy development;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that all resolutions submitted to but not heard at convention be referred back to the Policy Review Committee, and then to the resolutions' originators, for review.

Constitution and Party Affairs Committee

D2005-03 FORCE & EFFECT OF REGULATIONS
WHEREAS regulations governing candidate nominations may include rules declared in the BC NDP Constitution and Appendices thereto;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that changes to Constitutional Appendices and other related regulations may be made by Provincial Executive; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the BC NDP Constitution be amended under Section 9.06 to add the words: "Such regulations shall have the same force and effect of any section of this Constitution."

Constitution and Party Affairs Committee

D2005-04 NOTICE TO MEMBERS
WHEREAS the costs associated with postal mailings have become prohibitive for some constituency associations; and

WHEREAS a significant number of BC NDP members now have access to electronic mail;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the BC NDP Constitution be amended thus:

* Appendix A, Regulation 1: Add the following words: "Such notice may be provided by regular mail and/or electronic mail, so long as every eligible member receives said notice at the time required."
* Appendix A, Regulation 4: Add the following words: "Such notice may be provided by regular mail and/or electronic mail, so long as every eligible member receives said notice at the time required."
* Appendix A, Regulation 13: Change to read: "Candidates shaft be given 7 days notice, by regular mail, electronic mail or telephone, of any constituency meeting at which issues concerning the nomination are to be discussed."

Constitution and Party Affairs Committee

D2005-05 POLICY REVIEW REQUIRED
WHEREAS the policies of the BC NDP must be considered in the changing context of an evolutionary political climate and a changing society; and

WHEREAS there is no current consistent mechanism for reviewing the utility, application or relevance of past Party policy;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Party policy positions be reviewed at least every 10 years, and recommendations for the retention or updating of such policies be brought forward for the consideration of members at the next constitutional convention, with the understanding that all other policies are retired.

Constitution and Party Affairs Committee

D2005-06 CONSTITUTIONAL REVIEW REQUIRED
WHEREAS a provincial Constitution is a living tool which should be useful to the operation and decision-making of the BC NDP; and

WHEREAS the circumstances in which the BC NDP operates change from year to year;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Constitution of the BC NDP undergo a complete review every 7 years, and such amendments as necessary to make practical the Constitution be brought forward for the consideration of members at the next constitutional convention.

Constitution and Party Affairs Committee

D2005-07 Affirmative Action Committee
WHEREAS the BC NDP has throughout its history extolled its commitment to affirmative action in candidate selection; and

WHEREAS during the last election the BC NDP struggled to recruit affirmative action candidates, especially women, in so-called 'winnable' constituencies;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the BC NDP establish, at its first Provincial Council meeting of 2006, an Affirmative Action Committee which shall be charged with recruiting affirmative action candidates for nomination in as many BC constituencies as possible for the 2009 provincial election.

Oak Bay Gordon Head

D2005-08 COMPLAINTS AND APPEALS [1]
WHEREAS the current process for initiating, managing, and appealing Constitutional complaints about nominating contest proceedings is somewhat vague; and

WHEREAS current complaints processes do not anticipate commonly occurring misunderstandings and misuses of those processes;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the BC NDP Constitution Section 9.07 be amended thus:

That the existing Section 9.07 to be revised to read:

* Section 9.07 [a] "Notwithstanding the provision of Article 15, complaints arising from conduct relating to nominating conventions for public office shall first be referred, in writing, to the President of the Constituency executive concerned."
* Section 9.07 [b] "A Constituency President to whom such a complaint has been directed shall have ten (10) calendar days to respond, in writing, to the complainant. Delivery of such response must be documented."
* Section 9.07 [c] "If the complainant is not satisfied with the response of the Constituency President, an appeal may be made, in writing, to the Provincial Executive. Such an appeal must be received by the Provincial Secretary no more than fifteen (15) days after the documented delivery of the response of the Constituency president."
* Section 9.07 [d] "Provincial Executive shall rule on such an appeal within twenty-one (21) days of its receipt by the Provincial Secretary. Parties to the dispute shall be invited to provide one submission of written evidence and one oral submission to the Provincial Executive. Failure of the Parties to submit evidence or present argument shall in no way limit the capacity of the Provincial Executive to rule on the appeal within the timelines stated."
* Section 9.07 [e] "The ruling of the Provincial Executive is final. No further appeals from this ruling shall be made."
* Section 9.07 [f] "No Party member, Constituency Association or Executive, or other Party body shall instigate more than one complaint to a Constituency President and one appeal to Provincial Executive regarding conduct relating to any single nominating convention."
* Section 9.07 [g] "Provincial Executive may act to sanction or otherwise intercede with a Constituency Association or Party member that acts in any way contrary to the interests of the Party in relation to a Provincial Executive ruling under section 9.07."; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the BC NDP Constitution Appendix A, Regulation 16 be amended so that the phrase "Provincial President" is replaced with the phrase "Provincial Executive".

Constitution and Party Affairs Committee

D2005-09 COMPLAINTS AND APPEALS [2]
WHEREAS the Constitution of the BC NDP sets out clear and reasonable regulations for appeal and/or complaint; and

WHEREAS there have been occasional abuses of the regulations thus set out; and

WHEREAS the BC NDP seeks to make every reasonable effort to afford each member reasonable appeal and complaint; and

WHEREAS the BC NDP seeks to ensure that repeated appeals and/or complaints on the same substantive matter be minimized in an effort to ensure that reasonable final outcomes and practical conclusions;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that a new Section 16.12 be added to the BC NDP Constitution which shall read thus: "Except as specified in Section 9.07, no member or Constituency Association may bring more than one complaint or initiate more than one appeal on any single substantive matter in any calendar year. Determination of such substance shall be made by the Party President, and that determination shall be final."

Constitution and Party Affairs Committee

D2005-10 HONOURARY LIFE MEMBERS
WHEREAS the number of senior members of the Party is increasing; and

WHEREAS opportunities to thank and showcase such members are few; and

WHEREAS honouring the work of rank and file members celebrates the successes of our movement and illustrates the value of our continuing collective efforts;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the BC NDP Constitution Section 2.03 (a) be amended so that the annual allowable number of Life Memberships able to be granted increases from ten [10] to twenty [20], and that members who themselves identify as a 'couple' be counted as one for the purposes of this honour.

Constitution and Party Affairs Committee

D2005-11 PARTY PURPOSE
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that a new clause be added to the Constitution under Article 1 - NAME AND PURPOSE, which would be called Section 1.06, and which would read: "The purpose of the Party shall be to act on behalf of its members to apply the principles of social democracy to government and the administration of public affairs, and to influence decision-makers to improve the quality of life for all citizens."

Constitution and Party Affairs Committee

D2005-12 PROVINCIAL EXECUTIVE: RESPONSIBILITIES - STANDING COMMITTEES

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Article XIII the Provincial Executive Section 13.13, which now reads: "The Executive will administer matters of political and strategic importance to the Party and will ratify and oversee the decisions of the Table Officers. The Executive shall be responsible to Provincial Council. The minutes of the Provincial Executive meetings shall be distributed in a timely manner to the Provincial Council.", be amended to read: "The Executive will administer matters of political and strategic importance to the Party, and will ratify and oversee the decisions of the Table Officers. Provincial Executive will be responsible for receiving and approving applications to establish Standing Committees. The Executive shall be responsible to
Provincial Council."

Constitution and Party Affairs Committee

D2005-13 REGIONAL CONVENTIONS
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Article X - Conventions Section 10.21, which now reads: "In alternate years, when there is no Provincial Convention, the Party will convene Regional Policy Conventions whose recommendations will not be binding on the Party but will be brought as resolutions to the provincial Convention the following year.", be amended to read: "In alternate years, when there is no Provincial Convention, the Party will convene Regional Conventions, conferences, meetings, workshops, seminars or other events on matters of political or electoral interest to the Party."

Constitution and Party Affairs Committee

D2005-14 PROVINCIAL COUNCIL: DELEGATE; PRESIDENT; ALTERNATE
WHEREAS constituencies may need the flexibility to send to Council either a Provincial Council Delegate or President; and

WHEREAS the current Constitution does not identify the existence of Alternates at Provincial Council; and

WHEREAS the role of Alternates is limited to Provincial Council;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Article XV- Provincial Council Section 15.01 be amended to read "The Provincial Council of the Party shall consist of the members of the Provincial Executive, one Delegate (or an Alternate) chosen by each Provincial Constituency Association
or that Association's President, four members chosen by the Young People's Section, representatives of affiliated organizations, and the Past President."

Constitution and Party Affairs Committee

D2005-15 Constitutional Amendment regarding Gender Parity in Convention Delegations
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Article 10.10 (1) of the Constitution of the BC New Democratic Party be amended to include as a final paragraph the following new language: "At least 50% of Constituency Association Delegates to Convention shall be women. When a Constituency Association is not able to meet this requirement, they may apply for a waiver of this requirement to a body composed of the WRC Chair & BC NDP President, who will decide whether the remaining seats may be filled by male delegates."

Women's Rights Committee

D2005-16 CONVENTION RESOLUTIONS: TIMELINE
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Article X - Conventions Section 10.06, which now reads: "Resolutions for consideration by the Convention must be received by the Provincial Secretary not less than 60 days in advance of the date of the Convention" be amended to read: "Resolutions for consideration by the Convention must be received by the Provincial Secretary not less than 45 days in advance of the date of the Convention."; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Section 10.07, which now reads: "All resolutions so received shall be distributed to each Provincial Constituency Association, the Young People's Section, and each affiliated organization not less than 30 days in advance of the date of Convention." be amended to read: "All resolutions so received shall be distributed to each Provincial Constituency Association, the Young people's Section, and each affiliated organization not less than 21 days in advance of the date of Convention."

Constitution and Party Affairs Committee

D2005-17 PROVINCIAL EXECUTIVE: MEETING REQUIREMENTS
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Article XIII the Provincial Executive be amended to add a new Section 13.18, to read: "The Provincial Executive shall meet at least six times annually."

Constitution and Party Affairs Committee

D2005-18 REGIONAL COUNCILS
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Article VIII - Regional Organizations and Combined Associations Section 8.02, which now reads: "The Provincial Executive may, upon application from two or more Associations, authorize the formation of an Area Council, which shall consist of delegates from the component Associations, which shall coordinate activities of the Party on a municipal or regional basis.", be amended to read: "The Provincial Executive may, upon application from three or more Constituency Associations, authorize the formation of a Regional
Council, which:
a) shall consist of no more than two delegates selected by each of the component Associations
b) may facilitate and coordinate activities of the Party on a municipal or regional basis
c) shall provide support and information to its component constituencies
d) shall present a regular report of its activities to Provincial Council
e) may submit resolutions to Convention and Provincial Council.

Constitution and Party Affairs Committee

D2005-19 CONVENTION RESOLUTIONS: ORIGINATORS
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Article X - Conventions Section 10.05, which now reads: "Resolutions for consideration by the Convention must originate from Provincial Constituency Associations, from chartered clubs, the Young People's Section, affiliated organizations, the
Provincial Council, the Provincial Executive, all Policy Review Committees and duly constituted bodies of the Provincial Party.", be amended to read: "Resolutions for consideration by the Convention must originate from Provincial Constituency Associations, Regional Councils, chartered clubs, the Young People's Section, affiliated organizations, the Provincial Council, the Provincial Executive, all Policy Review Committees, all Standing Committees and duly constituted bodies of the Provincial Party."

Constitution and Party Affairs Committee

D2005-20 TABLE OFFICERS: RESPONSIBILITIES
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Article XIII the Provincial Executive Section 13.12, which now reads: "The Table Officers shall deal with administrative matters and matters of clear emergency. Minutes of Table officers' meetings will be provided to the Executive and the table Officers will be responsible to the executive" be amended to read: "The Table Officers shall deal with administrative matters and political or other urgent Party matters. Minutes of Table Officers'
meetings will be provided to the Provincial Executive in a timely manner, and the Table Officers will be responsible to the Provincial Executive."

Constitution and Party Affairs Committee

D2005-21 OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Article XIV Oversight Committee be amended in the following manner:

* Section 14.02 to read "Oversight Committee members shall serve terms of four years and no member may serve more than one consecutive term, or two terms altogether."
* Section 14.03 to delete the sentence "In the first election of the Oversight Committee, three members shall be elected, two for four years and one for two years."
* Section 14.05 to be restated as:
* 14.05 (a): There shall be representatives of both genders on the Oversight Committee; and
* 14.05 (b}: At least one member of the Oversight Committee shall be resident outside the Lower Mainland."

Constitution and Party Affairs Committee

D2005-22 Gender Parity in Constituency Association Executives
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the BC NDP require Constituency Associations to include in their by-laws a provision that at minimum 50% of their Executive be women.

Women's Rights Committee

D2005-23 Standing Committee on Multiculturalism and Human Rights
WHEREAS British Columbia increasingly has become a home for people of diverse cultures and varying ethnic backgrounds; and

WHEREAS the BC NDP is a Party of inclusion; and

WHEREAS the BC NDP will be enriched by active participation of people from all cultures and background; and

WHEREAS a focused effort from the Party leadership, with adequate resources, is needed to engage ethnic citizens to create broader awareness of our movement;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the BC NDP establish a Standing Committee on Multiculturalism and Human Rights within three months from the conclusion of this convention.

Multiculturalism Policy Review Committee

D2005-24 Revenue Sharing
WHEREAS constituencies must earn $2 for every $1 returned by the provincial party; and

WHEREAS the burden of fundraising increases where limited volunteers and extensive debt exist;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the current 50-50 revenue sharing formula be revised to 60-40 in favour of constituencies.

Vancouver Fraserview

D2005-25 Revenue Sharing Formula
WHEREAS financing elections is challenging especially in rural areas;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the revenue sharing formula be examined and adjusted to make revenue sharing more equitable.

Cariboo North

D2005-26 INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIP: ALLOCATION OF FUNDS
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Article II - INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIP Section 2.04, which now reads: "Subject to the provisions of the Federal Constitution, Provincial Council shall allocate funds among the Party, the New Democratic Party of Canada, and the Provincial and Federal Constituency Associations.", be amended to read: "Subject to the provisions of Canadian law and the Federal Constitution, Provincial Council shall allocate funds among the Party components. Article II - Individual Membership Section 2.04 shall be reviewed and affirmed or amended at the next provincial convention."

Constitution and Party Affairs Committee

D2005-27 PROVINCIAL COUNCIL: MEETINGS
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Article XV - Provincial Council Section
15.07, which now reads: "Meetings of the Provincial Council shall be called by the President. Calls may be issued on the order of the Provincial Executive or any 12 members of the Provincial Council. There shall be a minimum of four meetings of the Provincial Council in each calendar year." be amended to read: "Meetings of the Provincial Council shall be called by the President. Calls may be issued on the order of the Table Officers, Provincial Executive, any 15 members of the Provincial Council, or 125 Party members in good standing from at least 5 different provincial constituencies. There shall be a minimum of three regularly scheduled meetings of the Provincial Council in each calendar year."

Constitution and Party Affairs Committee

D2005-28 Resolutions Electronic Archive
WHEREAS resolutions passed at Provincial Council and at Convention form the democratic backbone of BC NDP policy; and

WHEREAS in the interests of educating and informing the Party membership, these resolutions should be freely and easily accessible; and

WHEREAS resolutions are brought to Provincial Council and Convention with the expectation that they be of lasting value to the Party; and

WHEREAS this body of resolutions can be a source of inspiration to our membership and Caucus; and

WHEREAS these resolutions may often form a basis for the development of Party platform; and

WHEREAS the body of resolutions is large, varied, continually evolving and beyond the resources of conventional paper-based documentation at feasible cost; and

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Party commit resources to the creation of full-text-searchable electronic archive of all resolutions passed under all policy areas since inception of the BC NDP, and that the project be completed in essentials prior to Convention 2007; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the archive

* be keyword/subject indexed after the model employed by Hansard
* be accessible through a world-wide-web-based portal
* be organized under a hierarchical model which recognizes that some resolutions are critical components of policy, while others are subsidiary.

Vancouver Point Grey

D2005-29 E-Alerts
WHEREAS there are increasing numbers of NDP members who have e-mailing capability; and

WHEREAS there are often urgent responses needed to important issues that are of significance to the NDP;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that we ask our central organizers to send out e-alerts on issues where our membership could be both educated and also be empowered to act through e-mail (or phoning) campaigns.

Okanagan Vernon

D2005-30 Funding for Standing Committees
WHEREAS Standing Committees established by BC NDP Council are to be long term in nature; and

WHEREAS these committees allow for regional participation in developing policy and require committee members to engage in in-depth issues; and

WHEREAS the conclusions of the committees are of great benefit to BC NDP when forming policy, it is therefore imperative that a budget for these committees allow for face to face meetings;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Standing Committees be provided with an established budget; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this budget remain in place on a yearly basis.

Peace River North

D2005-31 Secure Funding for Standing Committees
WHEREAS farm organizations were one of the original partners in the CCF; and

WHEREAS an Agriculture Committee has been one of the Policy Review Committees since the formation of the NDP; and

WHEREAS the Agriculture PRC with members from all regions of B.C. was of essential assistance to our Ministers of Agriculture after the 1991 election, and;

WHEREAS the Agriculture PRC became The Standing Committee on Agriculture by way of Constitutional amendment at the 1998 Convention to allow for secure and stable funding for quarterly face to face committee meetings and other SCOA expenses; and

WHEREAS Carole James has committed to a closer relationship between elected Members of the Legislature and specifically the Critics and the Standing Committees and PRC committees; and

WHEREAS the proposed budget for 2006 does not separate Standing Committee budgets from the PRC; and

WHEREAS both the Standing Committee on the Environment (SCOE) and the Standing Committee on Agriculture have historically been funded as separate entities in the budget as are the Women's Rights Committee, and the Young New Democrats; and

WHEREAS both SCOE, SCOA present current reports to Provincial Council; and

WHEREAS the work done by SCOE and SCOA provides necessary information and contributes to both the Party policy and liaison work with the Caucus; and

WHEREAS both SCOE and SCOA have been frugal in their past cost to the Party through combining of meetings with other events and through funding of committee members through other sources where possible; and

WHEREAS the elimination or reduction of funding to these committees will further concentrate Party affairs to the lower mainland members (those that attend);

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the budget line items remain for the operation of both SCOE and SCOA for the 2006 and subsequent party budgets; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this funding be sufficient to allow for at least two face to face meetings of the regional members of these committees and required conference call meetings and operational cost like mailing etc.

Standing Committee on Agriculture

D2005-32 Voting Procedure for Proposed Constitutional Changes RE Affiliation
WHEREAS any change to the BC NDP Constitution is a fundamental change to the Party's rules which requires a two-thirds majority vote at a Convention to be approved; and

WHEREAS proposed changes to the BC NDP Constitution regarding the formal affiliation of unions and other organizations provoke strongly-held views by many NDP members both in favour and opposed; and

WHEREAS Party unity is crucial to continue the fight against the repressive policies of the Gordon Campbell Liberal government;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that all voting held at the November 2005 NDP Convention to change the Party's Constitution regarding affiliation be conducted by secret ballot.

Coquitlam Maillardville

D2005-33 Provincial Council Representation
WHEREAS Party members have expressed interest in a closer relationship between the provincial and federal parties; and

WHEREAS Provincial Council offers an opportunity for a regular sharing of information; and

WHEREAS both the provincial and federal parties benefit from regular opportunities for closer joint provincial/federal discussion of common issues;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Article XV, Section 15.01 be amended to add "the President of each Federal Riding in British Columbia."

Penticton Okanagan Valley

The following resolutions, each dealing specifically with options for the Party regarding affiliation, have not yet been prioritized. Recommendations on the priority listing of these 'affiliation resolutions' will be made after the Provincial Council meeting of October 29, 2005, so that their ranking may be informed by the discussions and/or instructions of Provincial Council. If necessary, CPAC will meet again after October 29, 2005 to finally process these resolutions.
Constitution and Party Affairs Committee

D2005-XX Affiliation
WHEREAS Labour and the NDP have worked together to improve the lives of ordinary British Columbians; and

WHEREAS the benefits of working together were shown in the 2005 election by a tenfold increase in seats; and

WHEREAS the Party was reduced to winning two seats in the 2001 election when Labour did not fully support the campaign; and

WHEREAS criticism of the BC NDP/Labour coalition only comes from the right wing media who fail to criticize the Liberal/Corporate coalition;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the BC NDP and Labour continue to be affiliated and that Labour continue to be involved at the executive level; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the BC NDP and Labour continue to work together; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that the BC NDP and Labour continue to work towards the goal of improving the lives and working conditions of all British Columbians.

Mount Waddington North Vancouver Island District Labour Council

D2005-XX Labour
WHEREAS organized Labour in the province of BC has for more than 100 years supported the programs advocated by the NDP, not just as members but for the community as a whole; and

WHEREAS organized Labour in the province of BC supported and assisted in the organization of the CCF and the NDP; and

WHEREAS organized Labour in the province of BC provides great support for the NDP;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the NDP of BC in convention reaffirm its bond with organized Labour.
Penticton Okanagan Valley

D2005-XX Labour Affiliation
WHEREAS a resolution passed at the 2003 NDP Convention was not intended to exclude or disaffiliate Labour; and

WHEREAS the task force committee has been unable to come to consensus and/or compromise on this important issue;

THERFORE BE IT RESOLVED that this Convention re-affirm its affiliation to the Labour movement; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the NDP and Labour leaderships meet with the intent to come to consensus on affiliation.

South Okanagan Boundary Labour Council

D2005-XX Affiliation
WHEREAS this is a very controversial and potentially divisive issue; and

WHEREAS contemplation of the impact of any significant change is a complicated matter;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that this matter be continually discussed and debated and not be brought forward for Constitutional amendment until the 2007 Convention.

Abbotsford Clayburn

D2005-XX Labour Affiliation
WHEREAS a resolution passed at the 2003 convention was intended to exclude or severe relationships with Labour; and

WHEREAS the task force committee has not been able to come to a consensus and/or compromise on this issue; and

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that this constituency urge the BC NDP and Labour to meet with the intent to come to consensus on this critical issue.

Penticton Okanagan Valley

D2005-XX Affiliation
WHEREAS this is a very controversial and potentially divisive issue; and

WHEREAS contemplation of the impact of any significant change is a complicated matter; and

WHEREAS both the majority and the minority reports are unacceptable to this Executive;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that this matter be continually discussed and debated for Constitutional amendment to the 2005 Provincial Convention.

Surrey Newton

ECONOMICS

E2005-01 Sale of Terasen Gas
WHEREAS energy self-sufficiency is fundamental to the environmental, social and economic stability of the people of BC and by extension the people of Canada; and

WHEREAS majority control of production and energy exports are the fundamental right of the producing region and Country; and

WHEREAS public hearings are a fundamental right of the BC electorate in matters involving majority foreign ownership in BC's energy sector; and

WHEREAS no public hearings have been held to this date on the proposed sale of Terasen Gas to a US energy firm;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the proposed sale of Terasen Gas not be allowed to proceed and that full public hearings commence immediately with respect to the proposed sale.

Vancouver Kensington

E2005-02 The Granting of Water Rights and Sale of Excess Power
WHEREAS former New Democrat and Social Credit governments built or encouraged to be built hydro-electric capacity on British Columbia's rivers in order to encourage industrial or community use of the power produced primarily in the region of its production; and

WHEREAS Corporations like Teck Cominco and Alcan own hydroelectricity dams on our rivers and the provincial government issues these Corporations water licenses to store and use a natural resource that belongs to the citizens of BC to produce electric power; and

WHEREAS the water licenses granted were precisely for the intent of providing electricity to create jobs in BC; and

WHEREAS these Corporations are, during periods of high power prices, cutting production, laying off employees or are forcing them to take vacations, or are using profits from power exports to prolong strikes; and

WHEREAS the water and rivers belong to the citizens of this province and these water rights were granted in order to create jobs in this province and not for corporate windfall profits at the expense of workers and communities;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the BC NDP use whatever means possible to have the Provincial Government change the conditions under which these water licenses are issued and that the water licenses be tied to full production at the BC operations of these Corporations; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that if these Corporations are not at full capacity that the BC NDP insist that the Government of BC demand that any excess power as a result of the Corporation not being at full capacity be turned over to the citizens of the province; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that should the BC NDP not be successful in making these changes they commit to removing water licenses from those companies who are in contravention of the intent of the water license.

United Steelworkers Local 9705
Economy Policy Review Committee

E2005-03 Site C Development
WHEREAS Site C development is again on the table; and

WHEREAS the BC NDP have policy in place which opposed this project;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the BC NDP reaffirm our position of opposition to the development of the Site C project.
Peace River North

E2005-04 BC Petroleum
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the next NDP government will enact legislation in the first session of the House to establish BC Petroleum as a provincial Crown Corporation, with exclusive control over the marketing of natural gas in BC; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the NDP government will investigate the feasibility of extending the scope of BC Petroleum's operations to include other areas of oil and gas marketing in the province, with the specific aim of achieving price stability of heating oil and transportation fuel, and also securing the maximum public benefit from the province’s fossil fuel resources.

Victoria Beacon Hill

E2005-05 Regulating the Payday Lending Industry
WHEREAS payday lenders typically charge interest rates between 300%-900% despite the Criminal Code capping the annual effective interest rate at 60%; and

WHEREAS payday lenders target low-income neighbourhoods; and

WHEREAS many of BC's most vulnerable families fall prey to the payday lenders tactics and find themselves in a cycle of debt and despair; and

WHEREAS the federal government has recently decided to allow provincial governments to regulate the industry; and

WHEREAS Manitoba and Ontario have enacted legislation to regulate the industry;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the BC New Democrats support introducing legislation to regulate the payday lending industry, providing much needed protection for consumers.

Victoria Hillside

E2005-06 Payday Loan Companies
WHEREAS the gaming industry is expanding continually in our province; and

WHEREAS the number of "payday loan" businesses is growing equally quickly in our cities and municipalities; and

WHEREAS the gambling businesses and the payday loan businesses enable each other and in fact feed off each other; and

WHEREAS it has been shown that the addiction to gambling is more powerful than the addiction to tobacco; and

WHEREAS our government must pay large amounts in social support for those who become bankrupt as a result of gambling and to those who are the victims of family turmoil and breakup as a result of gambling;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the BC New Democratic Party support strict enforcement of all usury laws which forbid the lending of money at rates which make payday loan companies viable businesses; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that if at present there do not exist laws which will protect people from payday loan companies (otherwise known as "loan sharks"), then the BC New Democratic Party supports the rapid passage of such laws.

Coquitlam Maillardville

E2005-07 Home Taxation
WHEREAS municipal taxation is calculated by provincial assessment authority based on sales of similar property; and,

WHEREAS permanent residents may find their taxation value-increased but are without any income increase;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the assessed value for homeowners in residence over ten years be frozen; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the property value be re-assessed to the new value at the time of sale.

Okanagan Westside

E2005-08 Role of the Bank of Canada
WHEREAS Article 14 of the Bank of Canada Act establishes the ultimate responsibility of the Government for the general policy of the Bank; and

WHEREAS in 1934, Parliament passed the Bank of Canada Act, and the Bank of Canada opened in March 1935; and

WHEREAS since 1938 the bank has been owned entirely by the federal government; and

WHEREAS in order to assist Canadians in their recovery from the depression, and to finance Canada's participation in WWII, the Bank of Canada legally made massive loans, virtually interest free, which created full employment, and until 1974, paid tuition fees for returning veterans, gave VLA grants, built the Trans Canada Highway, Trans Canada Airlines, the St Lawrence Seaway, upgraded CN Rail, provided Family Allowances, created a National Health Plan and brought in Pensions for the Elderly; and

WHEREAS all this was done because the financial credit came from OUR bank, authorized by US through our elected Parliament, and was SPENT into existence; and

WHEREAS this continued until 1974 when national policy was changed to borrow from private banks for public projects; and

WHEREAS our national debt has ballooned from $18 billion in 1974 to over $500 billion; and

WHEREAS money borrowed from private banks is loaned into existence and must be repaid with interest;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Provincial NDP urge the BC Legislature to demand the Federal Finance Minister restore it's intended role as per articles 18 (c), (i) & (j) of the Bank of Canada Act.

Cowichan Ladysmith

E2005-09 General Taxation
WHEREAS sales and purchase taxes are regressive while income tax is fairer and efficient; and,

WHEREAS there are many families living in our near poverty but must still purchase goods and services;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the income tax be raised to bring in sufficient finds for the government; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that service and license charges be reduced.

Okanagan Westside
EDUCATION

F2005-01 Education Funding
WHEREAS public education of a high standard for all children is essential for personal reasons and for a healthy democracy; and

WHEREAS insufficient funding by the British Columbia government has resulted in lost staff, closed schools, scarcity of English as Second Language teachers, support staff, and supplies;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that sufficient funds be given school boards for maintenance, supplies and staff, so that British Columbian schools can operate properly; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that schools serving low-income areas be assisted so all children will receive and enjoy full curriculum rights.

Okanagan Westside

F2005-02 Public School Fees
WHEREAS many school districts are requiring parents to pay additional fees for students to participate in school activities;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the BC NDP press the BC Government to ensure all school activities are publicly funded, including field trips.
Cowichan Ladysmith

ELECTORAL REFORM

G2005-01 Proportional Representation Referendum Majority
WHEREAS the BC Referendum Act provides that a referendum proposal shall be deemed to be approved if it is supported by a simple majority of voters (50% plus one of valid ballots cast); and

WHEREAS the Campbell Government amended the Referendum Act in 2004 so as to establish a super-majority threshold for the passage of proposed reforms to BC's electoral system: namely, the requirement that a proposal for electoral reform be supported by at least 60% of the valid ballots cast on a province-wide basis and by at least a simple majority of ballots cast in no less than 60% of the 79 provincial electoral districts; and

WHEREAS this super-majority requirement is arbitrary and undemocratic, as it gives a minority of voters the power to block the adoption of a new electoral system; and

WHEREAS in jurisdictions that use referenda as a means of deciding important matters of public policy, including constitutional amendments, 50% + 1 is accepted as the appropriate threshold of support; and

WHEREAS the foregoing point is exemplified by the referenda held in France and the Netherlands in 2005 on the proposed European Union Constitution and the referenda held in Scotland and Wales in 1997 on the creation of regional parliaments;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the BC NDP demands the repeal of the super-majority threshold applicable to referenda on electoral reform and calls for the establishment of a simple majority threshold (50% + 1 of valid ballots cast) for the approval of a new electoral system for BC; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that it be the position of the BC NDP that where more than two models of electoral reform are submitted to the people in a referendum, the choice of an electoral system shall be decided either by way of a preferential ballot or by way of a run-off ballot to be held in the event that none of the options on the first ballot is endorsed by a majority of voters; in the latter case voters would be invited to choose on a second ballot between the two most popular options on the first referendum.

Vancouver Fairview

G2005-02 Electoral Reform
WHEREAS the implementation of a ban on corporate and unions donations to political parties was part of the BC NDP 2005 Election Platform; and

WHEREAS various groups, associations, corporations and unions engage in third-party advertising during and prior to provincial elections; and

WHEREAS there are few limits on financial contributions and third-party advertising by groups, associations, corporations and unions in BC; and

WHEREAS these groups, associations, corporations and unions do not have the right to vote; and

WHEREAS there is a perception that financial contributions and third-party advertising by groups, associations, corporations and unions influence the actions of elected politicians and corrupt the political system; and

WHEREAS there is a need to increase voters' confidence in the political process, in the electoral process and in government;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the BC NDP will promote, support or implement provincial policies and legislation:
* that will ban political contributions by groups, associations, corporations and unions
* that will limit contributions by individuals
* that will limit third-party political advertising
* that will provide public funding of political parties and candidates in a way similar to that recently implemented at the federal level
* that will also empower municipalities in general and the City of Vancouver in particular to promote and implement such policies and legislation at the municipal level.

Vancouver Fairview

G2005-03 Vancouver Charter and Electoral Reform
WHEREAS the Vancouver Electoral Reform Commissioner Thomas Berger recommended legislative changes to the Vancouver Charter and other provincial legislation in order to improve local democracy;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the NDP endorse amending the Vancouver Charter and other provincial legislation in order that:

* names on election ballots would be allowed to be randomized, such that different ballots would be printed with the names in different order. This provision would eliminate the advantage of being towards the beginning of the ballot
* multilingual ballots would be allowed
* the City would be given the power to change the current rules regarding non-resident electors. This provision would eliminate this vestige of a time when property ownership was the measure of a citizen and a condition of full electoral participation
* the City would be given the power to choose proportional representation as an alternative to first past the post
* limits on election donations would be imposed
* limits on election spending would be imposed
* contributions to political parties or candidates during non-election years would be considered political donations and therefore would be required to be disclosed
* donations to municipal elections would be tax deductible as political donations.

Vancouver Fairview

G2005-04 Electoral Reform
WHEREAS the NDP supports proportional representation voting systems, including geographic representation and voter choice; and

WHEREAS BC-STV was chosen as the most appropriate form of proportional representation for British Columbia by the Citizen's Assembly on Electoral Reform, a special assembly of BC citizens; and

WHEREAS Carole James and the BC NDP supported this Citizen's Assembly at all stages of their deliberations; and

WHEREAS the BC-STV system chosen meets all the principles endorsed by the NDP, including proportional representation, voter choice and local representation through geographic constituencies; and

WHEREAS 58 % of British Columbians have endorsed the Citizen's Assembly's proposals at referendum;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the BC NDP calls on the BC Government to implement BC-STV without delay, so that new boundaries can be drawn up for a BC-STV election in 2009; and further that the government examine the number of seats.
Cowichan Ladysmith

G2005-05 Proportional Representation
WHEREAS the BC NDP is formally committed to the adoption of an electoral system for BC provincial elections based on proportional representation; and

WHEREAS the Citizens' Assembly on Electoral reform, acting on public input by ordinary British Columbians, recommended that the current single-member plurality electoral system be replaced by a form of proportional representation; and

WHEREAS it was an unfortunate shortcoming of the process recommended by the Gibson Report and adopted by the Campbell Government that the Citizens' Assembly was restricted to recommending a single alternative voting system, thereby limiting the choices available to the electorate in the referendum of 17 May 2005; and

WHEREAS the Government imposed an unreasonable limitation on the work of the Citizens' Assembly by precluding it from recommending an increase in number of MLAs; and

WHEREAS the Government's failure to organize and to fund adequately a campaign of public education on the proposed BC-STV system denied many electors the opportunity to gain a sound understanding of the nature and possible implications of BC-STV; and

WHEREAS it may safely be said, notwithstanding the foregoing, that a clear majority of British Columbians who cast ballots in the provincial referendum of 17 May 2005 affirmed their support for the adoption of a new electoral system; and

WHEREAS the Campbell Government, in its Throne Speech of September 2005, intends to repeat its earlier mistake by proposing to hold another referendum, in November 2008, in which BC-STV is to be the sole alternative on offer;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the BC NDP calls on the Government to initiate forthwith an open and democratic process for examining alternative forms of proportional representation with a view to submitting at least two models of proportional representation to the electorate in a provincial referendum to be held in November 2008; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED as part of such a process, the Government shall not pre-determine the maximum number of legislative seats that may form part of any proposed model of electoral reform; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Electoral Boundaries Commission be instructed to prepare in advance of the referendum constituency boundaries for each of the reform proposals to be put on the referendum ballot; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that prior to the referendum the Government initiate a campaign of public education on the reform models on offer; that it provide reasonable funding to registered yes and no committees for use during the referendum campaign; and that it establish limits on the amount of money that may be spent by such committees during the campaign period.

Vancouver Fairview

G2005-06 Support for MMP
WHEREAS the BC NDP is formally committed to the adoption of an electoral system for BC provincial elections based on proportional representation; and

WHEREAS the BC NDP's Electoral Reform Committee has assessed and compared forms of proportional representation and, in its 2001 report, concluded in favour of mixed member proportional (MMP); and

WHEREAS despite the fact that over 90 percent of submissions by members of the public to the Citizens' Assembly's public hearings preferred and recommended MMP, the 2005 referendum offered only Single Transferable Vote (STV) and not MMP;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the BC NDP reaffirms its support for MMP and calls on the BC government to present MMP as an option in the 2008 provincial referendum.

Vancouver Point Grey

ENVIRONMENT

H2005-01 BC Oil and Gas
WHEREAS the size of current and future land-based oil & gas development in the province is such that this development affects substantial areas of the province, particularly in the north-east; and

WHEREAS the scale of the negative environmental impacts from this sizable development is significant on a local, regional and provincial scale; and

WHEREAS environmental impact audits on current oil & gas operations in the province consistently indicate significant non-compliance with environmental regulations; and

WHEREAS current levels of development are unsustainable, particularly given the non-renewable nature of the resource;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the BC New Democratic Party advocate for and commit itself to an oil & gas policy based on the following principles:

1. A review of the existing legislative and regulatory regime with a view to improving legislation and regulations regarding the protection of the environment, the public review of new tenures, adequate consultation on and accommodation of First Nations' interests, appropriate planning for site specific and cumulative impacts, environmental assessment, and site decommissioning
2. Appropriate bonding for operations, including for existing operations, and including site decommissioning and reclamation costs
3. Intensive land-use planning and assessment for current and proposed development at the site, regional and provincial levels before any new tenure approval, including consideration of cumulative and environmental impacts, and aimed at determining and implementing sustainability thresholds
4. Full environmental assessment of any new tenure approval, including site specific and cumulative impacts
5. A reaffirmation of the BC NDP's energy policy of 2003 which commits the NDP to an energy policy based on the following principles:
* reductions in greenhouse gases
* energy conservation
* transition to environmentally sound renewable energy sources
* First Nation, community and worker involvement in energy planning and decision-making and ensuring these entities are the beneficiaries of new energy opportunities
* public ownership of energy production and supply
* research and development in support of these principles
* funding and capital to support these initiatives through a number of options, including a carbon tax, tax shifts, green incentives and investment strategies, among other options
6. A forward-looking strategy for the immediate investment of a substantial fraction of oil & gas revenues into alternative energy research and development initiatives
7. The recognition that use of a non-renewable energy resource demands a legacy contribution, or endowment, to the generation deprived of the opportunity to exploit those resources.

Standing Committee on the Environment

H2005-02 Declaration on the Principles of Parks
WHEREAS Over 20 million people visit BC parks on an annual basis, contributing half a billion dollars to the provincial economy; and

WHEREAS the BC Liberals took full credit for opening or expanding a series of Parks which had actually been established by legislation created by the former NDP government; and

WHEREAS the BC Liberals have opened provincial parks and protected areas to commercial logging, have rolled back protected area boundaries to accommodate mining, and have increased park privatization; and

WHEREAS the BC Liberals plan (their BC Parks Lodge Strategy, 2005) to put privately financed lodges, complete with long-term leases, into provincial parks; and

WHEREAS the BC Liberals introduced pay-for-parking at most Provincial Parks around British Columbia, resulting in a dramatic 25% decline in the number of people visiting our parks; and

WHEREAS the BC Liberals, over the past four years, have closed 45 visitor facilities, have eliminated Parks-funded nature interpretive programs, have cut the budget to BC parks by 30%, and staffing by 34% thereby making monitoring of eco-system health and enforcement of the BC Parks Act almost impossible; and

WHEREAS Sixty environmental groups, mostly in BC, have signed on to the Declaration on the Principles of Parks; and

WHEREAS "The Principles" declare that parks belong to the public and should not be commercialized or privatized; that they are for ecosystem protection, not money making;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that in distinction to the BC Liberals attack on our cherished Parks system, that the New Democratic Party of BC re-affirm its longstanding commitment to the sanctity of B.C.'s Provincial Parks and become the first political party in BC to adopt and endorse the Declaration on the Principles of Parks:

We, the undersigned, wish all to know that the following tenets are the true principles that should guide park management:
1. Parks have a dual mandate: The preservation of land in its natural condition, and outdoor recreation based upon the appreciation and enjoyment of nature.
2. The goals of the dual mandate are to foster all the holistic values of completely natural areas, including: environmental health, survival of species, protection for animal and plant life, physical and spiritual health of people, tourism, cultural values and scientific knowledge.
3. Preservation is the highest form of protection for land and resources. The removal, damage or pollution of natural features are totally prohibited. This means no logging, mining, drilling, hydro development, or human settlement.
4. The only human modifications allowed are for the essential needs of public recreation and resource protection. Preservation is the source of a unique and valuable kind of recreation based upon natural attractions, with minimal commercial intrusion. Guiding businesses that provide this kind of recreation are compatible. Commercial development should be located outside of parks, where it will concentrate tourism expenditures in local communities. It is well known that this kind of recreation richly profits businesses across the land.
5. Parks are a shared, public good to be held in trust by governments, and not to be sold or privatized. This requires an institutional legacy of experienced public servants. This legacy must remain stable as governments come and go.
6. Ecosystem health and the survival of species are the top management priorities. Fully protected areas fill a universal need for health and survival that is shared by all species, cultures and generations.
7. Parks should be fully supported by taxes. The government has a duty to maintain sufficient staff and funding to manage every aspect of the park system.
8. Parks should be administered in an unbiased manner, free of conflict of interest. Private interest control through leases of park land or privatization must be avoided.
9. The public has a right to know how its parks are being managed, and to participate in open, transparent planning procedures.
10. Wilderness - large, undeveloped, road less areas - should be maintained as wilderness in all our parks. Such areas best represent the ecological, health, and scientific values of parks, while including many intangible values of importance to people - values such as remoteness, pristine qualities, solitude, and natural quiet.
11. Parks are for perpetuity. They contain priceless biological, cultural and historical legacies. Unmaking parks or changing park laws to weaken protection violates a sacred trust belonging to all those in the past and present who fought and paid for our parks, as well as future generations. Parks laws should be changed to better honour these principles, never to undermine them.

Alberni Environmental Coalition
Allan Brooks Nature Centre Society
Applied Conservation GIS
Applied Ecological Stewardship Council of B.C.
B.C. Pathways
Bert Riggall Environmental Foundation (AB)
Bragg Creek Environmental Coalition (AB)
Canadian EarthCare Society
Canadian Reforestation and Environmental Workers Society
Castle-Crown Wilderness Coalition (AB)
Chetwynd Environmental Society
Coalition to Save Forest Recreation in B.C.
Comox Valley Land Trust
Comox Valley Naturalists
Cortes Land Conservancy
Denman Conservancy Association
Environmental Investigation Agency (U.S.A./U.K.)
Federation of Mountain Clubs
Fins in the Forest
ForestEthics
Fraser Headwaters Alliance
Friends of Caren
Friends of Clayoquot Sound
Friends of Cortes Island Society
Friends of Gabriola
Friends of Strathcona
Friends of the Nemaiah Valley
Friends of the Stikine
Friends of the Tlell
Georgia Strait Alliance
Get Bear Smart Society
Golden Outdoor Recreation Association
Granby Wilderness Society
Grand Forks Watershed Coalition
Greenpeace
Kettle Range Conservation Group (U.S.A.)
Labour Environmental Council
North Cascades Conservation Council (U.S.A.)
North Okanagan Naturalists Club (Vernon)
Northern Ecology Watch
Northwest Ecosystem Alliance
Okanagan Similkameen Parks Society
ParkWatch (U.S.A.)
ProTerra
Purcell Alliance for Wilderness
Quadra Island Conservancy and Stewardship Council
Quesnel River Watershed Alliance
Raincoast Conservation Society
Salt Spring Island Conservancy
Save Our Parklands Association
Selkirk Conservation Alliance (U.S.A.)
Shuswap Environmental Action Society
Sierra Club of British Columbia
Society Promoting Environmental Conservation
South Okanagan Naturalist Club
Southside Economic Development Association
Sustainable Environment Network Society
Tetrahedron Alliance
Tuwanek Ratepayers Association
Travel Just
Valhalla Wilderness Society
West Kootenay Coalition for Jumbo Wild
Western Canada Wilderness Committee
Wild Wilderness (Oregon, U.S.A)

Vancouver Point Grey
Salt Spring Island NDP Club

H2005-03 Potable Water
WHEREAS a permanent supply of good, clean potable water seems to be an ongoing struggle to acquire in any areas of British Columbia, and

WHEREAS the Ministry of Forests and Range, and the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources appear to have no problem in allowing logging and/ or mining in local watersheds, therefore jeopardizing the quality of our drinking water, and

WHEREAS this is an ongoing problem in many areas of British Columbia, and

WHEREAS it is possible to live without logging or mining in watersheds, but not possible to live without an adequate supply of good potable water;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that our potable water supply should come under the jurisdiction of local government and the Ministry of Health, who are ultimately responsible for supplying clean, potable water to residents in perpetuity.

Powell River Sunshine Coast

H2005-04 Pesticides
WHEREAS the E&N Railway is planning to use extremely dangerous organo-phosphates and other chemicals and pesticides along a rail corridor that passes over many aquifers used for domestic water;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the BC NDP urge the BC Government to ban the use of organo-phosphates and other dangerous chemicals over or near domestic water sources.

Cowichan Ladysmith

H2005-05 Outdoor Recreation for British Columbians
WHEREAS BC's parks should be for the benefit of all British Columbians; and

WHEREAS ordinary families rely on BC's parks for affordable family vacations; and

WHEREAS BC's parks are a major draw for tourists from all over the world; and

WHEREAS the BC Liberal government increased fees for outdoor recreation activities, including camping and fishing, and introduced parking meters in parks;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that fees for outdoor recreation activities be reduced and parking meters be removed from BC's parks.
Standing Committee on the Environment
H2005-06 Water Monitoring Stations
WHEREAS the province of BC plans to eliminate or reduce the funding for Existing Water Monitoring Stations on Rivers and Lakes; and

WHEREAS these stations provide valuable information for the use and regulation of water; and

WHEREAS this information is a critical use to the Agriculture and other industries along with the public use and need for this important resource;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the NDP identify this important government function through the caucus of the party; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Party go on public record as supporting the continuation and enhancing of this vital function of government.

Standing Committee on Agriculture

H2005-07 SUSTAINABLE BC
WHEREAS a healthy environment is the basis for a just and sustainable society, and

WHEREAS the splitting of the 'green' vote has too often led to a narrow defeat for the NDP;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the NDP commit the necessary resources to develop a fully articulated "Sustainable BC" plan to ensure the preservation of a healthy environment and a vital quality of life for the citizens of BC today, tomorrow, and into our children's future.

Comox Valley
H2005-08 Provincial Parks
WHEREAS provincial parks are a common heritage of great value to be paid for and nourished for, now and in the future; and

WHEREAS recent funding levels have reduced staff in provincial parks to token numbers, restricting research and care of the flora and fauna of parks;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that funding for provincial parks allow for sufficient professional staff to operate parks at world class levels; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that public education be reinstituted and parking fees ended.

Okanagan Westside

H2005-09 Salmon Net-Cage Aquaculture Expansion
WHEREAS the people of the coast of British Columbia derive significant benefit, both economic and cultural, from wild salmon; and

WHEREAS a significant majority of people living in North Coast communities view existing salmon net-cage (open net) aquaculture as a real and direct threat to the wild salmon populations of our coastal waters and to the cultural and economic benefits derived there from;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that no further expansion of salmon net-cage (open net) aquaculture take place along the coast of BC until such time as closed containment is fully operational; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that existing salmon net-cage (open net) aquaculture facilities be phased out.

North Coast

H2005-10 Fish Farms
WHEREAS fish farms have been proven to be detrimental to the environment and to the health of our wild salmon stock;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the moratorium on all new fish farms, lifted by the present Liberal Government, be reinstated immediately until such time as a full and independent study be made on this industry; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the BC NDP emphasize at every reasonable opportunity its opposition to the expansion of fish farms unless the operation is land base and meets the highest environmental standards.

Powell River Sunshine Coast

H2005-11 Genetically Engineered Crops
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that this Convention adopt in principle a commitment to work on promoting BC as a genetically engineered crop free zone within the next two years.

Comox Valley

H2005-12 Privatization of Public Lands Maintenance & Operations
WHEREAS privatization of public parks and lands has led to deterioration of these public facilities;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the BC NDP urge the BC government that no further privatization of any parks or public lands be undertaken, and that all current private maintenance or operation contracts be cancelled or not renewed.

Cowichan Ladysmith

H2005-13 Okanagan Basin Water Board
WHEREAS water is an essential, common for all life, and that the climate change predicts hotter, drier Okanagan weather; and

WHEREAS there is tremendous development occurring, often in areas not previously allocated water;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) be mandated as arbiter for all new licenses in the Basin; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the OBWB promotes economical use of water, and protect the Okanagan and all downstream lakes.

Okanagan Westside

H2005-14 All-Terrain Vehicles
WHEREAS recreational vehicular use has become popular but has caused meadow damage, erosion, and noxious weed spread; and

WHEREAS there is no adequate British Columbia legislation to identify or curtail ATV operators;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that British Columbia adopt regulations designed to identify and restrict ATV operation and penalize as needed, as other provinces have; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that trails and areas of "No-ATV" activity be recognized.

Okanagan Westside

H2005-15 Environmental Standards
WHEREAS environmental standards help protect our environment for present and future generation; and

WHEREAS the New Democratic Party believes in government's responsibility to lead through setting regulations and standards; and

WHEREAS the New Democratic Party is opposed to neo-liberal campaigns to eliminate standards or to create "voluntary industry standards" that do not work;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the New Democratic Party initiate a comprehensive plan to improve environmental standards.

Salt Spring Island NDP Club

FEDERAL-PROVINCIAL AFFAIRS

I2005-01 Marijuana Laws
WHEREAS numerous public opinion polls conducted since 2000 show that most Canadians support eliminating criminal penalties for marijuana, with support for non-punitive marijuana policies strongest in British Columbia; and

WHEREAS in 1971 the LeDain Commission on Drugs, after exhaustive hearings and research, recommended legalizing the cultivation and possession of marijuana for personal use; and

WHEREAS the 1995 Chief Coroner's Report into Illicit Narcotic Overdose Deaths in BC, commissioned by BC's NDP government, recommended that the BC Attorney General pursue legalization of marijuana possession with the federal government; and

WHEREAS in 2002 the Canadian Senate issued a comprehensive report on marijuana issues, after extensive research and hearings, which recommended that marijuana should be made legally available to adults and regulated by provincial governments in the same way that they operate the wine industry, plus that Canada's 600,000 criminal records for pot possession to be erased, and that medical marijuana access should be expanded; and

WHEREAS the policy of Canada's federal NDP has long included a non-punitive, regulatory approach to marijuana, including a legally regulated and taxed marijuana supply, elimination of penalties for personal possession and cultivation, and amnesty for past possession convictions; and

WHEREAS the policy of the Ontario NDP explicitly supports that of the federal party, and includes a non-punitive approach to marijuana, with a regulated and taxed legal marijuana supply; and

WHEREAS the punishment of marijuana users is inconsistent with the principle that "the dignity, freedom and equality of the individual is a basic right" as enshrined in the Constitution of the BC NDP; and

WHEREAS waging a "war on drugs" is inconsistent with the principles of peace, co-operation and mutual responsibility within a compassionate and caring society, as outlined in the 1983 Statement of Principles Adopted by the 12th Federal NDP Convention in Regina; and

WHEREAS previous leaders of the BC NDP have made statements concerning Canada's marijuana laws which are inconsistent with the non-punitive marijuana policy of the federal party;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that BC New Democratic Party establish an explicit marijuana policy based upon a non-punitive, regulatory approach, including support for a legal supply of marijuana, elimination of all penalties for personal cultivation and possession, and amnesty for past convictions of marijuana possession.

Kelowna Mission
Powell River Sunshine Coast
Victoria Beacon Hill

I2005-02 Canadian Sovereignty
WHEREAS United States agencies such as the DEA and the FBI are instigating, inspiring and consulting on, and sometimes directing, the course of criminal investigations in Canada; and

WHEREAS this clearly constitutes an infringement on Canadian sovereignty;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the BC NDP call upon the government of BC and the Government of Canada to investigate the extent of US agencies involvement in criminal investigations in Canada, and enact clear and firm policies to ensure Canadian authorities control and direct such cooperative investigations.

Powell River Sunshine Coast

FORESTRY

J2005-01 Forest Community Recovery and New Forest Industry Strategy
WHEREAS the current pine beetle infestation threatens to destroy the BC interior forest industry, regional eco-systems and resource communities; and

WHEREAS this is being exacerbated by the closures of multi-million dollar facilities, such as pulp and sawmills as a result of the BC Liberal government's removal of job protections via the appurtenance clause of the Forest Act, leading to further job loss, especially in Coastal and Island regions; and

WHEREAS this crisis is compounded by the fact the concentration of ownership of the corporations dominating the industry has shifted the focus to downsizing instead of appropriate capital re-investment; and

WHEREAS it is becoming clear that the governments and corporate regime in the US, through repeated NAFTA challenges and unilateral punitive actions, are apparently interested in controlling our forest lands; and

WHEREAS these factors are adding pressure on the industry to further compromise environmental practices that is jeopardizing the long-term health of our forests and related eco-systems; and

WHEREAS very little serious inclusive planning and strategy development has been done by the Liberal government to address these situations, especially for the long term; and

WHEREAS a fundamental principle of the NDP is the democratization and community focused development of our economy for the creation of prosperous, sustainable and ecologically respectful industries and economic sectors;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the related NDP caucus and party committees and working groups initiate as a key project a viable strategy to restructure and reform the forest industry and other related resource industries in time for the next provincial election; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this strategy include:

* an overhaul of forest tenure to focus on public and/or community based ownership of commercial forest lands and other resources via elected boards and councils with full stakeholder representation, including from resource workers, and where appropriate, First Nations that includes a commitment to local processing and severe restrictions on the export of raw logs
* a locally based, and as much as possible democratically structured, capitalization plan, such as community investment funds, employee/union share purchase plans, labour venture capital and credit union investment and, where possible, public, private or mixed pension investments
* a publicly funded community investment plan specifically dedicated to rebuilding and modernizing communities damaged by the pine beetle outbreak and to provide resources to control or prevent future outbreaks
* a long-term steady job creation plan that encompasses all facets of the industry, including both existing and new value added and technological sectors, with the appropriate retraining, trade advancement, health and safety and wage/benefit standards, as well as provisions for working opportunities for First Nations and encouragement of unionization, employee ownership and control and collective bargaining
* the creation of a modernized, regionally focused Ministry of Forests with appropriate staffing and funding for research, enforcement and licensing
* the independent monitoring and prescription system for environmental practices and standards with full public disclosure and intervener status and that is responsible for undertaking specific industrial measures for ecological clean-up, restoration and salvage, while making binding standards, such as the Forest Practices Code, part of the operating policy of any public company in the industry
* a commission focused on the resolution of land claims disputes and advancing the negotiation of treaties with interested First Nations, including resource revenue sharing and equity advancement with the goal of bringing stability to land use decisions
* a cooperative industry-wide domestic and international marketing agency focused on promoting and expanding multi-lateral trade in BC wood and other resource products with a wide variety of countries and communities other than the US.

Standing Committee on the Environment
Cowichan Ladysmith
Cariboo North

J2005-02 Stumpage on Pulp Logs
WHEREAS the costs for bringing coastal pulpwood out of the forest for local processing have become prohibitive, high stumpage on anything other than export grade wood (raw logs) seems to be particular to the Coastal area. Comparisons between rates show the Interior stumpage on pine beetle kill wood and pulp logs is 25 cents per cubic meter; while the Coast pays between 15 and 20 dollars per cubic meter for the same wood, with an additional charge as the regulations require scaling on all wood; and

WHEREAS coastal logging contractors bring logs to the shipping point for about $30 to $40 per cubic meter and the logging company must pay the stumpage. Because there is no differentiation between pulp and export grade rates, these companies only want the best timber to maximize their profits; and

WHEREAS at present there are no penalties for leaving fallen pulp grade logs in the woods.
Tighter "utilization specifications" would ensure that more cut timber is brought out of the woods, and stumpage reduction on non-export grade timber would make the process worthwhile; and

WHEREAS current forestry regulations discourage the removal of certain grades of cut timber by excessive stumpage and scaling costs; and

WHEREAS this practice actually promotes and focuses on the removal of high-grade raw logs that will be shipped unprocessed overseas, while any other grade is left to rot where it is dropped; and

WHEREAS the decimation of coastal sawmills has, in turn jeopardized the pulp and paper industry that has historically procured wood fiber as a residual or waste product from saw milling operations or bought pulp grade logs from forestry contractors; and

WHEREAS the absolute waste of our coastal timber is being encouraged by the current government's promotion of raw log exportation and high stumpage on pulp grade timber;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the New Democrat Party examine and recommend amendments to the current forestry practices legislation to reflect the needs of the remaining coastal saw mills and pulp producers by:
* creating parity between coastal and interior pulp log stumpage rates
* ensuring more appropriate utilization specifications that will make it more cost effective to bring pulp grade wood (typically grade "U" and "X") out of the forest and into our processing plants.

Cowichan Ladysmith

J2005-03 Logging on Private Lands
WHEREAS logging on private lands is at present uncontrolled; and

WHEREAS this may have a negative impact on the BC economy; and

WHEREAS this does not encourage sustainable logging practices;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the BC NDP encourage the BC Government to extend the Forest Act to include private land.

Cowichan Ladysmith

GOOD GOVERNMENT

K2005-01 Elected Positions on Regional Health Boards
WHEREAS hospital and emergency care services have been closed or significantly reduced in communities across BC; and

WHEREAS hospital closures and service reductions have happened without any input from local communities; and

WHEREAS many British Columbians do not believe their health board is in touch with the needs of their community;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that New Democrats support some positions on regional health boards being elected.

Good Government Policy Review Committee

K2005-02 Olympic Watchdog Group
WHEREAS the federal and provincial government funding commitment for capital costs for the 2010 Olympics exceeds $600 million; and

WHEREAS past Olympic Games have had enormous impacts, positive and negative, on their host cities; and

WHEREAS the Impact of the Olympics on Community Coalition (IOCC) was founded in 2001 as an independent organization dedicated to ensuring that environmental, social, transportation, housing, economic and civil rights issues associated with the Vancouver/Whistler 2010 Olympic Games are addressed from a community perspective; and

WHEREAS the IOCC is currently grossly under-resourced for performing a watchdog role; and

WHEREAS the Olympic Bid Book included a commitment to establish a publicly-funded watchdog group;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the BC NDP works towards the rapid establishment of a publicly-funded community-based official watchdog group mandated to evaluate and publicize the social and economic costs and benefits of the 2010 Olympic Games.

Vancouver Kensington

K2005-03 Public Services Contracting Out Contracts
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the BC NDP reject and call on the BC Liberal government to reverse the contracting out/outsourcing of public services and open all such existing contracts to public scrutiny.

BC Federation of Labour

K2005-04 Public Ownership
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the BC NDP do everything within its power to see that BC Hydro, BC Rail and BC Ferries and liquour distribution are returned to public ownership.

BC Federation of Labour

K2005-05 Election Filing Deadline
WHEREAS Elections BC Filing is required to be submitted within 90 days of Election Day; and

WHEREAS most provincial and federal government departments allow 120 days to complete program audits; and

WHEREAS 90 days does not allow enough time to finalize election records and complete the audit;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Party and elected MLAs actively lobby the provincial government to change the filing requirements to 120 days.

Kelowna Mission
Okanagan Vernon

HEALTH

L2005-01 Health Authorities
WHEREAS the Campbell Liberal government has established five health authorities to which it has divested the authority and resources to manage and provide health services in BC; and

WHEREAS the governing bodies of the Health Authorities are chosen and appointed to implement government fiscal policies and do not represent communities or citizens; and

WHEREAS the services provided by Health Authorities address the government's fiscal targets rather than identified community or population needs or generally accepted standards;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Ministry of Health restructure the present governing bodies of Health Authorities to include sufficient representation of trustees elected to represent and be accountable to the communities and citizens receiving services from the health authority, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Ministry of Health establish performance standards for the services provided by Health Authorities according to accepted national standards and guidelines and that the Health Authorities be held accountable for complying with these standards for acute care and community services.

Health Policy Review Committee

L2005-02 P3 Health Care Facilities
WHEREAS the Campbell Liberal government is pursuing an ideologically motivated program promoting the construction and operation of acute care health facilities as public-private partnerships; and

WHEREAS experience in other jurisdictions has shown that this results in decreased quality of patient care, increased costs and decreased accountability to the public;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the BC NDP continue to oppose the use of public-private partnerships to build or operate acute care health facilities; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the BC NDP continue to promote:
* public administration and funding of the construction of acute care health facilities
* public ownership of these facilities
* publicly funded, managed and delivered health services at these facilities.

Health Policy Review Committee

L2005-03 Vancouver Safe Injection and Inhalation Site
WHEREAS BC NDP policy currently promotes progressive solutions to reducing drug related harm including support for North America's first Safe Injection Site (SIS), which continues to save lives by reducing drug overdose deaths in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside; and

WHEREAS BC NDP policy currently also promotes expanding initiatives to minimize drug related harm including stimulant and opiate replacement and maintenance therapy; and

WHEREAS while Vancouver's successful SIS provides desperately needed entry level health care for people with active addictions who inject drugs, there are still several thousand people in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside that are addicted to narcotics that are smoked; and

WHEREAS Vancouver's SIS has established a standard of care for one group with serious needs, those who inject drugs, but inadvertently excluded the needs of an equally needy group, those who inhale or smoke drugs, who as a result are forced to use drugs in open public spaces and unsafe environments where their access to housing, health and treatment services are minimal; and

WHEREAS a Supervised Inhalation Room (SIR) needs to be opened as soon as possible to reach out to marginalized people living with active additions to drugs such as crack cocaine or crystal methamphetamine; and

WHEREAS a Supervised Inhalation Room would match the positive effects of the supervised injection initiative by reaching citizens that are otherwise denied medical or support services needed to reduce the harms associated with smoking crack cocaine and crystal methamphetamine, while dramatically reducing public disorder and open drug use; and

WHEREAS international standards of practice for safer drug consumption rooms is to operate supervised injection initiatives together with supervised inhalation programs; and

WHEREAS Vancouver's successful Safe Injection Site only provides much needed harm reduction services for drug users in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside community; and

WHEREAS Vancouver's SIS does not operate for 24 hours a day, leaving periods where drug users have no option but to use drugs without supervision under unsafe conditions, dramatically increasing their risk of overdose death; and

WHEREAS the BC NDP has always strongly and consistently promoted the accessibility of health care for all citizens- no matter how marginalized;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the BC NDP support in principle the creation of a Supervised Inhalation Room research pilot project, to be operated under rigorous scientific assessment; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the BC NDP support expanding Vancouver's successful Safe Injection Site to 24 hours a day, and support the opening of similar health services in other BC communities struggling to help fellow citizens suffering from drug addiction and at risk of preventable drug related harm and death; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that the BC NDP continue to support research and implementation of other harm minimization approaches for stimulants (crack cocaine and crystal methamphetamine) including medically supervised replacement and maintenance therapy.

Health Policy Review Committee
Vancouver Mount Pleasant

L2005-04 Privatization of Hospital Services
WHEREAS public healthcare dollars are being put into the hands of private for-profit companies; and

WHEREAS such privatization has resulted in serious deterioration of housekeeping, dietary and laundry services resulting in poor quality food for patients, unclean hospitals and unsatisfactory laundry services;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the privatization of housekeeping, dietary and laundry services in health care facilities end immediately.

Health Policy Review Committee

L2005-05 Public Health Care
WHEREAS there is a gradual erosion of Public Health Services by the private sector resulting in a two-tiered health delivery as documented by many sources including the Canadian Centre for Policy alternatives;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the NDP reaffirm its support for public health care and every opportunity and that the principles outlined in the Romanow report be the foundation or guide for that support.

Health Policy Review Committee
Powell River Sunshine Coast

L2005-06 Addiction Treatment
WHEREAS people of all ages and occupations who have an addiction problem are basically ill and not criminal; and

WHEREAS it is imperative to have addiction recovery facilities immediately available for those desiring help;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that addiction recovery facilities be set up throughout British Columbia for alcohol and hard drugs; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that there be local detox facilities immediately available at once for youth so they can become productive adults.

Okanagan Westside

L2005-07 Health Waiting Lists
WHEREAS waiting list are excessively long; and

WHEREAS the people of BC are suffering intolerable waits for necessary medical treatments;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the BC NDP urge the BC government to hire more operating room nurses and support staff so that Operating Rooms can be re-opened, reducing waiting list.

Health Policy Review Committee
Cowichan Ladysmith

L2005-08 Hospital Cleanliness
WHEREAS a clean and sterile workplace is essential in a hospital or clinic, but in British Columbia, infections in such facilities have recently increased; and

WHEREAS changes of staff, training, and instruction have occurred due to contracting out hospital housekeeping and laundry services have been detrimental;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that utmost care be ensured in training and procedures for all staff involved in housekeeping; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the payment for their duties reflect the importance of this work.

Health Policy Review Committee
Okanagan Westside

HOUSING AND MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS

M2005-01 Repeal Significant Projects Streamlining Act (Bill 75)
WHEREAS Bill 75 gives sweeping powers to the provincial government to override local government bylaws, community plans, and local decisions; and

WHEREAS the Act is heavy-handed that allows the provincial cabinet to push through projects that may be contrary to the wishes of local citizens; and

WHEREAS the Act seriously undermines the authority of democratically elected local governments; and

WHEREAS local governments are unanimously opposed to this infringement of their rights;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the BC NDP urges the BC Liberal government to repeal Bill 75.

Housing and Municipal Affairs Policy Review Committee

M2005-02 Affordable Housing
WHEREAS shelter is a basic human right as noted in resolution by the United Nations, and is a necessity for the health and welfare of every citizen of our Province; and

WHEREAS the gap between rich and poor continues to escalate in our Province and more and more people are becoming homeless or are under threat of losing their place of residence or shelter; and

WHEREAS affordable housing opportunities are becoming less accessible for many British Columbians, particularly for families, the working poor and seniors, especially in our urban centres; and

WHEREAS the Provincial Liberals have gutted housing programs, and significantly reduced the numbers of social housing projects that are coming on stream to a fraction of what was being delivered under the previous NDP government; and

WHEREAS the Provincial Liberals are not fully directing federal dollars earmarked for housing to affordable housing programs, but are directing the monies to other sectors, such as health, as in the case of independent living programs; and

WHEREAS the Federal government presently is seriously under-funding affordable housing in Canada, and will not commit to a comprehensive national housing strategy; and

WHEREAS most BC Municipalities, in their concern about downloading of responsibilities and costs for programs by the Provincial Liberals, are ignoring issues like the lack of affordable housing or homelessness in their own or in neighbouring municipalities;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the NDP housing critic begin to immediately press the Liberal government to address housing issues, by calling for and supporting a Province-Wide Strategic Housing Plan, with the following actions and proviso: that the social housing programs active under the previous NDP government, be re-instated, including:

* Homeless/At Risk Housing, to help non-profit sponsors build self-contained second-stage and permanent housing to assist the absolute and relative homeless in our Province
* LIUS (Low Income Urban Singles) Housing, to replace existing sub-standard Single Room Occupancy (SRO) stock
* Non-Profit Housing to assist non-profit sponsors build housing for low- and moderate-income renters, including families, seniors and singles
* Community Housing Initiatives, which provides grants for proposals that support advocacy and public education, and new housing-related services; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that as the previous NDP government supported through enabling legislation passed during their tenure in office, that BC Municipalities be more involved in the delivery of affordable housing in their communities, by the following means:
* That as municipalities are required already by Provincial statute to demonstrate in their Official Community Plans how the Municipality is accommodating urban growth, that the requirement be expanded to articulate what steps the municipality is taking to expand affordable housing opportunities and to prevent homelessness in their jurisdictions.
* That municipalities be required to include affordable housing opportunities in their residential rezoning enactments. In this way, affordable housing units can be delivered without cost to the local taxpayer, and direct downloading of a provincial responsibility will be avoided.
* That municipalities be encouraged to think regionally while acting locally, and make housing decisions that do not just benefit the local municipality, but take into account the housing needs of the region as a whole.
* That municipalities be encouraged to plan for and to implement complete communities, that accommodate the housing needs of all income levels within the boundaries of the municipality.
Vancouver Mount Pleasant

M2005-03 The Islands Trust
WHEREAS the BC NDP created the Islands Trust; and

WHEREAS the mandate of the Islands Trust is to preserve and protect this irreplaceable treasure; and

WHEREAS the Islands Trust is responsible for land use in the Trust's designated islands in the Gulf of Georgia, but other provincial jurisdictions frequently limit the Trust's ability to fulfill its mandate of preserve and protect;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the NDP caucus work to have land tenure in the Gulf Islands transferred to the jurisdiction of the Islands Trust; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that if the NDP caucus is unable to achieve this while in opposition, that it be a legislative requirement once the NDP forms government in BC.

Salt Spring Island NDP Club

M2005-04 Landlord and Tenancy Act
WHEREAS the NDP has long been a supporter of sustainable, secure housing; and

WHEREAS sustainable, secure housing exits only where there is an accessible and balanced forum for resolution; and

WHEREAS prompt, accessible resolution to conflict between landlord and tenant is of benefit to all concerned; and

WHEREAS the office closures throughout the province and limited access through the Internet has caused delay, frustration and financial strain for both parties; and

WHEREAS the role of the ombudsman in landlord/tenant disputes has been eliminated;

THEREFORE BE IT RESLOVED that the NDP work to expand the number of offices and officers to ensure prompt resolution of disputes; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the landlord and tenancy act be reviewed and revised to determine and ensure its accessibility, timeliness and balanced approach to resolution.

Housing and Municipal Affair Policy Review Committee

M2005-05 Revenue Sharing with Local Governments
WHEREAS the provincial government is the primary recipient of revenue earned from the use of Crown resources; and

WHEREAS the provincial government receives significant income from commercial recreation; and

WHEREAS the local governments and communities do not normally receive any financial benefits from the harvesting and use of local resources; and

WHEREAS once the resources are depleted the communities are left to fend for themselves; and

WHEREAS under a program initiated by the NDP, the BC Government once shared resource revenue from BC Gas (now Terasen) with local government;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the BC NDP urges the BC government to work with UBCM to develop a fair and equitable revenue sharing policy among the provincial and local governments.

Housing and Municipal Affairs Policy Review Committee

M2005-06 Downloading from the Provincial Government
WHEREAS downloading from the provincial government has seriously impacted local taxes and the ability to make much needed improvements to the municipal infrastructure;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that an NDP government will discontinue any further downloading to local governments and will work with local governments in meaningful discussions regarding the best strategy to fund and manage local services and infrastructure.

Housing and Municipal Affairs Policy Review Committee

M2005-07 Property Transfer Tax Exemption for First-Time Home Buyers
WHEREAS house prices in British Columbia have increased significantly in recent years; and

WHEREAS due to abnormally high price of houses, fewer and fewer British Columbians are eligible to own a home; and

WHEREAS affordable housing is a key component of a community's social infrastructure; and

WHEREAS property tax exemption ceiling has not been adjusted to keep pace with climbing costs of owning homes;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the ceiling price for property transfer tax exemption be raised to $375,000 from $275,000.

Housing and Municipal Affairs Policy Review Committee

M2005-08 Low Income Seniors Quality of Care
WHEREAS the BC Government has not kept pace with the need for senior housing facilities; and

WHEREAS this causes hardship to our most vulnerable seniors; and

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the BC NDP encourage the BC Government to increase the availability of appropriate seniors housing and care facilities to ensure universal access to these facilities.

Cowichan Ladysmith

M2005-09 Social Housing Funding
WHEREAS the number of homeless has risen to alarming numbers in the past few years; and

WHEREAS the provincial government put their affordable housing projects on hold after the last election;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the BC NDP reconfirm its commitment to address the BC housing crisis; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the BC NDP ensures that the government addresses the issue of homelessness which is rampant throughout the province, and addresses the funding for social housing equitably.

Powell River Sunshine Coast

M2005-10 Homeless Task Force
WHEREAS on January 15, 2005 Victoria Cool Aid Society sponsored the first homeless count in Victoria; and

WHEREAS between the hours of 12 midnight and 6 a.m. there were about 700 people without a home, even though it was a very cold night and most 24 hour public establishments were full; and

WHEREAS the average age was 33.5 years with most coming from Victoria not elsewhere, with the average time of homelessness being one year, eight months; and

WHEREAS a substantial portion of the sample did not use alcohol or street drugs, and the most frequent reason for homelessness was abuse, addiction, conflict/breakdown and eviction; and

WHEREAS this study would indicate that the province is doing a poor job in dealing with the plight of the homeless;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that an NDP Action Task Force be formed and a plan of attack be developed to get people off the streets, and such a Task Force should include NDP critics for Housing, Community Services, Health, Mental Health and Aboriginal Relations.

Oak Bay Gordon Head

JUSTICE AND HUMAN RIGHTS

N2005-01 Aboriginal Missing Women Action Plan
WHEREAS too many Aboriginal women are losing their lives due to racialized violence and very little is being done to combat this problem; and

WHEREAS there are people in this country targeting Aboriginal women because the police and justice system have not properly dealt with the perpetrators when and if they are even caught; and

WHEREAS there are 22 missing Aboriginal women on the aptly named Highway of Tears between Prince Rupert and Prince George; and

WHEREAS the bodies of 31 women were found on a farm in the Fraser Valley, some of the more than 60 women missing from Vancouver's downtown East side; and

WHEREAS it has been estimated that there are over 500 missing and/or murdered Aboriginal women in Canada, while the Native Women's Association of Canada says this figure may be actually low and it is probably nearer 1,000 missing or murdered Native women; and

WHEREAS we are prepared to give weeks of maximum media coverage and ceremony to the loss of 4 Mounties in Alberta and several soldiers lost to "friendly fire" in Afghanistan and the necessary resources; and

WHEREAS the Native Women's Association of Canada wants immediate political and police action to this racial problem;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the NDP MLAs who are critics for Attorney General, Public Safety and Aboriginal Relations develop such an action plan and press for its implementation.

Oak Bay Gordon Head
Peace River North

N2005-02 Re-Establish BC Human Rights Commission
WHEREAS there is evidence of prevalent bias against people of different cultures and background; and

WHEREAS the BC NDP has a rich history of promoting equality among citizens; and

WHEREAS the BC NDP strongly condemns and objects to hate crimes and discrimination; and

WHEREAS unlike BC, all major jurisdictions throughout Canada have Human Rights Commissions of their own;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the BC NDP urge the BC Liberal government in the strongest of terms the re-establishment of the Human Rights Commission with a strong mandate to protect and promote ethnic/cultural heritage and individual rights of all British Columbians.

Multiculturalism Policy Review Committee

N2005-03 SLAPP Suits
WHEREAS Freedom of Speech is guaranteed by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms; and

WHEREAS the actions of all institutions, corporate and charitable must be open to debate in a democracy; and

WHEREAS Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation –SLAPP Suits- threaten freedom of speech and debate on issues that affect the public;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Caucus will criticize such suits both in principle and on a case by case basis; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Caucus will introduce a bill to outlaw SLAPP suits; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that the Party will outlaw SLAPP suits when we next form government.

Okanagan Vernon

N2005-04 Driving Penalties
WHEREAS too many are killed or injured on BC roads annually, with stolen cars, drinking and/or unlicensed drivers often involved; and

WHEREAS street racing, running of red lights and fleeing from police are illegal acts that often cause accidents;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that sentencing for all drivers causing collisions because of the unsafe behaviour be sever, such as: impounding of vehicles, lose of license for several years, jail time, and repeat offenders be denied their privilege of driving; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT if death results from such a collision the driver is charged with manslaughter.

Okanagan Westside

N2005-05 World Peace Forum 2006
WHEREAS the NDP has been and continues to be a leader in the international peace movement, from the birth of the CCF to the present, and strongly advocates for peace within our communities and before all levels of government; and

WHEREAS the World Peace Forum 2006 is being held in Vancouver from June 23 – 28, 2006 under the theme "Cities and Communities: Working Together to End War and Build a Peaceful, Just and Sustainable World" with the support of the City of Vancouver and its School, Parks and Library Boards; and

WHEREAS civic governments and civil society have a social and moral responsibility and a pragmatic interest in speaking out against ballooning military budgets which starve local governments of the resources necessary to provide quality services within our communities
at the municipal, provincial and federal level; and

WHEREAS the World Peace Forum 2006 represents a unique opportunity for the people of Greater Vancouver, British Columbia and Canada to work together with people, social movements and city representatives from around the world to significantly contribute to creating the critical mass necessary to build a global culture of peace and sustainability and turn the dream of a world of peace, justice and sustainability into a reality in our lifetimes, for ourselves, our children and our children's children;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the provincial New Democratic Party endorses the World Peace Forum 2006; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the provincial New Democratic Party encourages our membership to fully support the goals of the World Peace Forum and to participate in its activities in the time leading up to and at the World Peace Forum 2006 in June of next year; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the provincial New Democratic Party helps promote the World Peace Forum 2006 within and across our communities, and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that the provincial New Democratic Party invites World Peace Forum 2006 speakers to address our various gatherings between now and the Forum in June of 2006.

Vancouver Langara
Coquitlam Maillardville

LABOUR

O2005-01 Work Safe BC
WHEREAS the BC Liberal government has drastically reduced the level of workers compensation benefits and services for disabled workers; and

WHEREAS the BC Liberal government has eliminated life time pensions for injured workers and their families; and

WHEREAS the BC Liberal government has directed the Workers' Compensation Board to cut health and safety regulations by one-third and allow employers to self-regulate; and

WHEREAS the WCB have cut staff and drastically decreased enforcement activity; and

WHEREAS 150 workers died on the job in British Columbia in 2004; and

WHEREAS 9 young workers between the ages of 15 and 24 were killed on the job;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the New Democratic Party condemn the Liberal government's attack on workers' health and safety and compensation and demand the Government reverse its decision to dismantle the workers compensation system; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the New Democratic Party demand that WorkSafe BC (formerly Workers' Compensation Board):
* Retract the restrictive compensation policy decisions that limit injured workers entitlement to compensation benefits beyond the scope of the Workers Compensation Act
* Immediately adopt a strict enforcement strategy, including the development and enforcement of prescriptive regulations and economic penalty for employers with repeat offences
* Allocate sufficient resources to make quality adjudication and strict and timely enforcement possible.

BC Federation of Labour

O2005-02 BC Labour Relations Code
WHEREAS changes to the BC Labour Relations Code have increased the ability of employers in this Province to oppose employee efforts to form and keep unions; and

WHEREAS legislative changes and employer strategies have reduced workplace democracy by restricting the ability of union supporters to gain access to employees in order to discuss the benefits of organizing as a union, while employers have continued to enjoy the advantage of having a captive audience of employees for their anti-union messages; and

WHEREAS the Labour Relations Code does not provide for effective deterrence of unfair labour practices on the part of employers;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the NDP call on the BC Liberal government to restore balance to the BC Labour Relations Code to protect workers' fundamental rights to join a union without employer interference; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the NDP call on the BC Liberal government to introduce meaningful and effective penalties against employers for violations of workers rights.

BC Federation of Labour

O2005-03 Children and Workers' Protection
WHEREAS the provincial Liberal government has reduced the protection of workers through changes to the Employment Standards Act; and
WHEREAS British Columbia is a signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child; and
WHEREAS the Convention provides that signatory states ensure that the hours and conditions of work are regulated and that adequate sanctions are in place to provide effective enforcement; and
WHEREAS the provincial Liberal government amended the Employment Standards Act stripping away workplace protections for children; and
WHEREAS children as young a 12 years old are now able to work in employer self-regulated industries;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that this Convention lobby and demand that the government of BC implement real and meaningful protections for children and workers in this province.

BC Federation of Labour

O2005-04 Pay Equity Legislation
WHEREAS the BC Federation of Labour has been playing a lead role in the struggle to make Pay Equity a matter of law; and

WHEREAS there is a universal agreement with the principle of Pay Equity; and

WHEREAS pay inequity hurts women and their families and makes women and children more vulnerable to poverty; and

WHEREAS pay inequity contributes to poverty and can have devastating health and social consequences; and

WHEREAS over the years both the Federal and Provincial Pay Equity Task Force Reports urged governments to move forward to eliminate wage discrimination through law; and

WHEREAS in British Columbia the Liberal government has simply shelved the 164-page report of their own Pay Equity Task Force;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the New Democratic Party (NDP) Opposition Caucus hold the Liberal government accountable by demanding Pay Equity legislation now.

BC Federation of Labour

O2005-05 Telus Labour Dispute
WHEREAS the dispute between Telus and the Telecommunications Workers Union has been going on for over two months; and

WHEREAS this dispute is disrupting customers' telephone service in BC; and

WHEREAS animosity between the parties is increasing; and

WHEREAS tensions between picketing TWU members and security guards hired by Telus are reaching dangerous levels; and

WHEREAS there is no sign of a settlement in sight;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the BC NDP calls upon the Federal Minister of Labour, Mr. Joe Fontana, to use his powers as laid out in Section 108 of the Canada Labour Code to appoint an Industrial Inquiry Commission to look into the causes of the dispute and to make non-binding recommendations to facilitate its resolution.

Coquitlam Maillardville

O2005-06 Workplace Health and Safety
WHEREAS each year British Columbians are injured and even killed in their workplaces; and

WHEREAS the Gordon Campbell government has drastically cut funding for workplace health and safety resulting in a dramatic decline in workplace inspections;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the BC New Democratic Party call on the BC Liberal government to add resources to the prevention programs and to the enforcement of workplace health and safety rules.

Labour Policy Review Committee


MULTICULTURALISM

P2005-01 Employment Opportunities for Visible Minorities
WHEREAS men and women of visible minorities continue to experience difficulties in landing jobs that allow them to practice their preferred trade/profession; and

WHEREAS a complete integration of communities can only be achieved when citizens of diverse background are equally represented in key-positions in all fields; and

WHEREAS foreign work experience, diplomas and degrees are not given proper credit towards employment; and

WHEREAS new immigrants lack resources to upgrade their skills and learn English language skills;

THEREFORE BE IT RESLOVED that the BC NDP urge the BC Liberal government to provide appropriate funding for new immigrants to upgrade their education; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that BC NDP urge the BC Liberal government to eradicate barriers put up by industry, government, professional organizations and agencies in recognizing degrees and trades from other countries.

Multiculturalism Policy Review Committee


SOCIAL SERVICES

Q2005-01 Guaranteed Livable Income
WHEREAS a livable income is essential to ensure health, wellbeing, safety, independence and human dignity; and

WHEREAS a lack of a livable income is a major cause of social breakdown and dysfunction;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the BC NDP when in government, as a first priority, will
establish a review of all provincial and federal income assistance programs with a view to creating a comprehensive guaranteed income program for BC; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that if there is a failure to achieve agreement with the federal government to implement such a program, the province will proceed to implement the provincial portion of such a program as soon as possible.

Social Services Policy Review Committee

Q2005-02 MCFD and Family Services
WHEREAS child protection services have been severely cut in British Columbia at all levels; and

WHEREAS the provincial commitment to care for wards of the state (children in provincial care) is eroding even before some children graduate from high school; and

WHEREAS in addition to the deaths of children in care that have reached the media there are many more incidents of risk and poor care that occur related to the loss of services and staff; and

WHEREAS there is a strong need for child protection to be independent of political trends;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the BC NDP will urge the provincial government to conduct a two tier review so that immediate needs will be addressed while the whole Ministry is being reviewed; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that an independent watchdog such as the Children's Commission will be restored immediately, and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that having adequate foster care and other housing will be recognized as an urgent need for children in care of the Ministry of Children and Family Development.

Social Services Policy Review Committee

Q2005-03 Reversal of the BC Liberal's BC Employment and Assistance Program
WHEREAS basic income assistance rates have not been increased since the 1980's leaving basic income assistance recipients in states of extreme poverty; and

WHEREAS the Liberal government introduced a requirement that people in dire need wait for a three week "work-search period" before assistance can be obtained; and

WHEREAS hardship allowances for people on income assistance are increasingly difficult to obtain; and

WHEREAS the Liberal government introduced a two year cutoff for receiving income assistance; and

WHEREAS the Liberal government requires that parents receiving income assistance find work after their children are age three –reduced from the previous requirement of finding work after their children are age five; and

WHEREAS the Liberal government withdrew the $100 earning exemption for families on income assistance; and

WHEREAS nutritional supplements for families with disabled children on income assistance are inadequate;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the BC NDP make as it's priority the reversal of Liberal government measures brought in under the BC Employment and Assistance Program that hurt BC's most vulnerable citizens; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the NDP work to increase levels of income and benefit support to individuals and families in need.

Vancouver Kensington

Q2005-04 Legal Assistance Funding
WHEREAS the NDP is committed to the principle that everyone should have equal access to justice regardless of wealth or circumstances; and

WHEREAS people faced with poverty law issues, family court, criminal court, or appeals against government decisions do not usually have detailed knowledge of applicable legislation, case law, or legal procedure and therefore require assistance in making their cases; and

WHEREAS there have been severe cuts to services in all the areas named above; and

WHEREAS the most vulnerable in our society are the most in need of assistance in the protection of their rights;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the BC NDP is strongly committed to the restoration of legal assistance and that such assistance be regularly reviewed to meet the needs of the people of BC.

Social Services Policy Review Committee

Q2005-05 VLTS
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the BC NDP will require the elimination of VLTS from all establishments and attempt to prohibit provincially-based internet providers from carrying gambling/gaming programming; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the BC NDP demand that the BCLC provide an equal amount of funding each year for public education as to the negative affects of gambling, for prevention programs and other appropriate resources, as it (BCLC) allocates for advertising and promotion of gambling/gaming and that the Ministry of Health provide adequate additional funding to District Health Regions for the treatment of gambling/gaming addictions.

Victoria Beacon Hill

Q2005-06 High Quality Accessible Childcare
WHEREAS the BC Liberal government cancelled the universal child care program, eliminated funding for before and after care school care and reduced the number of families who qualify for subsidies; and

WHEREAS the BC Liberal government used federal dollars targeted for child care on a whole range of provincial programs;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that New Democrats support childcare as a fundamental component of a comprehensive early childhood development strategy and that all federal dollars allocated for childcare be spent on regulated, high quality care for kids and accessible care options for BC's working families with expansion in the non-profit sector.

Women's Rights Committee

Q2005-07 Assistance to Those for Whom Regular Work is Not a Realistic Option
WHEREAS full employment is an excellent goal and highly desirable, but not all Canadians are able to work for a variety of reasons; and

WHEREAS a significant group within the underemployed and unemployed now faces huge problems in the day-to-day management of their lives, and are denied, in the common understanding of the expression, quality of life; and

WHEREAS a number of the unemployed people lack the skills to work and live independently, and communities and the medical, police and justice systems do not have any realistic solutions available to them;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the NDP Caucus work for the rapid establishment of group homes for adults and adolescents (no longer welcome in their parents' homes) suffering from mental health, social and developmental problems (examples being schizophrenia and fetal alcohol syndrome); and that these group homes be staffed by people trained to respond to the physical needs of their family members (including handling of medications, pocket money, etc.) and their emotional needs (companionship, etc.); and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the NDP Caucus work for stability of funding and placements so that no one need be involuntarily homeless and helpless.
Salt Spring Island NDP Club

Q2005-08 Childcare
WHEREAS Canadians need a national child care program;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the BC NDP lobby the federal government to ensure their $5 billion over five (5) years for a national child care program fulfill these principles:
* A publicly-funded, sustainable system for high quality and affordable child care with direct government program funding to ensure stability;
* A national child care act that guarantees standards and the principles of quality, universality, accessibility, developmental programming (to achieve cognitive and physical life-long potentials) and inclusiveness;
* Public accountability tied to provincial and territorial five-year plans that contain goals, timelines and targets, and assessment tools;
* Money for children, with increased public funding for existing licensed providers plus new funds to be exclusively in the licensed, non-profit sector; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the BC NDP urge the BC government to negotiate provincial compliance with these terms.

Vancouver Kensington

Q2005-09 Persons with Disability Status
WHEREAS the provincial government has changed the criteria for persons to be eligible for "Person's With Disability" status; and

WHEREAS changing the criteria for "eligibility" changes the definition of disability; and

WHEREAS this action has caused "legitimately disabled persons" status to be changed to employable when they are not able to work,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the BC NDP actively promote a review of policy change with regard to persons with "disability status" to reinstate to a fair and reasonable recognition of eligibility.

Powell River Sunshine Coast

Q2005-10 Funding for Non Profits
WHEREAS funding for a great many non-profit agencies providing services in communities has been greatly decreased; and

WHEREAS reconfiguring agencies continually to match changing government priorities takes an ever increasing percentage of time for these agencies;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the BC NDP urge the BC Government to restore and expand community services by providing core program funding to meet the needs of communities.

Cowichan Ladysmith
Q2005-11 Guaranteed Livable Income
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the BC New Democratic Party, when in government, will enact legislation in the first session of the House to research the most effective means and methods to create a framework for a comprehensive guaranteed livable income in British Columbia; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this guaranteed livable income be implemented by the end of the NDP's first year in office.

Victoria Beacon Hill

Q2005-12 Support for Women
WHEREAS the BC Liberal government has cut the funding for women centres; and

WHEREAS relationship breakdown or mistreatment by spouses often results in new immigrant women, who lack language and employment skills, living in poverty and fear; and

WHEREAS education/awareness of individual rights and where to go for help should be made known to at-risk women;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that BC NDP urge the BC Liberal government to fund women centres with enhanced responsibility for providing first-contact and resettlement services for women in need.

Multiculturalism Policy Review Committee

Q2005-13 Handicapped Pension Increases
WHEREAS the handicapped pensions have not kept up with the coast of living;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the BC NDP urge the government to implement a COLA clause to reflect coast of living increases.

Abbotsford Clayburn


TRANSPORTATION

R2005-01 Ferry Privatization
WHEREAS the BC Ferry Corporation is now a "quasi-privatized" Corporation; and

WHEREAS our ferries are part of our public marine highway; and

WHEREAS BC Ferries are no longer subject to Freedom of Information laws, or the Standing Committee on Crown Corporations thus eliminating any recourse for scrutiny by the public; and

WHEREAS BC Ferries Service Inc. received over $500 million of tax-payer subsidies in the last 4 years; and

WHEREAS BC Ferries services failed to support our ship building industry and contracted to have our 3 new SUPER-C class ferries, worth $542 million to be built by foreign, "highly subsidized" corporations;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that this convention demand that the Provincial Government
* restore BC Ferries Services as a Crown Corporation
* compel the BC Ferries Services Inc. to be fully accountable to the public through the FOI Act, and the Standing Committee on Crown Corporations; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Provincial Government re-examine, through public consultation, Bill C18: The Coastal Ferry Act and return BC Ferries to a Crown Corporation making it answerable to the people it serves and in the meantime vigorously oppose the privatization of any ferry routes.

Transportation Policy Review Committee
Powell River Sunshine Coast

R2005-02 Lower Mainland Transportation
WHEREAS road building is typically presented as a solution to traffic congestion. but experience demonstrates that new and wider freeways merely attract more traffic, especially over the long term; and

WHEREAS regional air pollution arises more from sheer number of vehicles (and distances traveled) than by those vehicles idling in traffic; and

WHEREAS the BC Liberal government plans to widen the #1 Highway between 200th Street in Langley and McGill Street in East Vancouver as part of The Gateway Transportation Strategy; and

WHEREAS this would include building a second Port Mann Bridge and widening the highway to eight lanes with a price tag of $1.4 billion; and

WHEREAS there has been no public consultation and no consideration of alternatives; and

WHEREAS concerns of East Vancouver residents over increased traffic flow into their neighbourhood have not been addressed; and

WHEREAS the Livable Region Strategic Plan (LRSP) adopted by the GVRD Board in 1996 includes the major objective of achieving a Compact Metropolitan Region, whereas the #1 Highway capacity expansion encourages urban sprawl; and

WHEREAS the Livable Region Strategic Plan (LRSP) adopted by the GVRD Board in 1996 includes the major objective of increasing transportation choice – with the aim of encouraging transit use and discouraging the growth in single-occupant vehicle travel; and

WHEREAS over two-thirds of vehicles using the #1 Highway during rush hour are single occupancy vehicles; and

WHEREAS no public transit bus currently crosses the Port Mann Bridge; and

WHEREAS capacity expansion inevitably results in induced demand that causes the same congestion problems that were present prior to the capacity expansion; and

WHEREAS the triple convergence principle postulates that capacity expansion on one route will attract users who previously traveled on different routes, at different times, and by different modes; and

WHEREAS the Port Mann Bridge was widened in 2001/02 at a cost of $60 million in order to "reduce congestion on the Lower Mainland's worst traffic bottleneck" according to a 2001/02 Ministry of Transportation report., clearly demonstrates these principles in action; and

WHEREAS the health costs resulting from the increased traffic contributing to air quality problems have not been factored into the costs of the project; and

WHEREAS "A Long-Range Transportation Plan for Greater Vancouver" by Transport 2021 (a joint project of the GVRD and the Province of BC) noted that "the region's citizens expect their transport system to meet social and environmental goals, such as: to provide transportation equitably to a diverse population (30% of whom are either too young or too old to drive) and to help reduce its negative impacts on the region's livability (e.g. to limit urban sprawl and land consumption, preserve green space, limit congestion and intrusion into local neighbourhoods, and cut air and noise pollution);" and

WHEREAS Transport 2021 also noted “Greater Vancouver has concluded that heavy reliance on the private automobile is unhealthy. The desire for greater choice in mode of transport is a recurring theme in public meetings and opinion polls;" and

WHEREAS Transport 2021 also noted "congestion is usually considered an evil; however, allowing congestion to deteriorate for the single-occupant vehicles is a practical method for promoting transit and carpools";

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the NDP oppose unilateral plans for the expansion of Highway 1 & the twinning of the Port Mann bridge in favor of assessing the most effective means for lasting solutions to traffic congestion that are consistent with adopted local and regional policy including but not limited to:
* introducing improved transit options
* increasing use of HOV lanes and introducing HPV lanes
* introducing new rail options
* implement congestion pricing and ramp signals
* implement transportation demand management

Vancouver Kensington

R2005-03 Public Transit
WHEREAS the provision of public transit for physically challenged riders is wholly inadequate;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the BC NDP urge the government to restore and expand transit systems to meet the needs of our communities, including the physically challenged.

Cowichan Ladysmith

R2005-04 Public Transportation in the Fraser Valley
WHEREAS there has been significant growth in population in the Fraser Valley; and

WHEREAS traffic congestion is a constant issue for commuters which also causes pollution;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the BC NDP press the provincial government to implement a comprehensive public transit strategy for the Fraser Valley which gives serious consideration to the utilization of existing rail facilities in the Fraser Valley on the south side of the Fraser River.

Abbotsford Clayburn

R2005-05 Highways and Emergency Preparedness
WHEREAS the lower Sunshine Coast only has a single lane highway from ferry terminal to ferry terminal, and

WHEREAS this leaves the population extremely vulnerable to any natural disaster, cutting off access to hospital and other emergency services; and

WHEREAS the increased traffic load has made a left turn on or off the highway a hazardous experience;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that we request the government to immediately complete the by-pass and that a second crossing of Chapman Creek also be done.

Powell River Sunshine Coast

37 Comments

I think Sean has the political saying wrong.

I always thought that it was:
NDPers go to conventions for policy;
Conservatives go to conventions to get drunk; and
Liberals go to conventions to get laid.

Well, Rick is probably right about what the Tories go to convention to do, considering he probably couldnt have met his wife unless it was true.

No Sean is right. Ive heard this said so many times and in my experience its totally true.

Joey,

Ouch, what's with the anonymous ad hominem attack?

At least put some modicum of testicular fortitude behind your insult, instead of hiding behind an alias.

Obviously, anyone who has met my wife knows that she is far too good for the likes of me. But she is not much of a drinker so you’re uneducated guess that she must have been intoxicated to have married me is incorrect.

Furthermore, judging by you’re likely fake Uvic email, you must be one of the all too common CC/MM Fiberals at Uvic.

I gather that you’re sad and depressed that your Fiberal connections can’t get you a plum political hack job in Victoria or Ottawa. So you’re stuck with your common arts BA and have nowhere to go but down.

Hence you have to lash out at your betters to give yourself the illusion of your political significance.

Try better next time.

It is drunk. The party of Sir John A drinks (at least the Eastern Tories, not so sure about Alberta...)

Rick
Your're being a trifle sensitive there aren't ya boy? We git drunk..it's part of the plan...can't remember all the things we git up to..makes a great defense in court too.

Why gist last week we got stinkin' and payed a little visit to some commie socialists. They told the police later thet we all looked like pigs....heh heh heh...the jokes on them, they thought we were in disguises.

Those pinkos'll be walkin' funny for weeks.

So If one gets drinks and gets laid at a Conservative Convention........Does this make him a Red Tory?

Cause I thought I was blue..............

Who get's laid at a Conservative Convention. You're more likely to find women at a Svend Robinson hot tub party then at any Tory get together.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the NDP oppose unilateral plans for the expansion of Highway 1 & the twinning of the Port Mann bridge in favor of assessing the most effective means for lasting solutions to traffic congestion that are consistent with adopted local and regional policy including but not limited to:
* introducing improved transit options
* increasing use of HOV lanes and introducing HPV lanes
* introducing new rail options
* implement congestion pricing and ramp signals
* implement transportation demand management

Vancouver Kensington

This resolution clearly indicates that Transport critic David Chudnovsky is onside with the anti-freeway, anti-Port Mann activists. That's the biggest single problem Carol James is going to face, a problem larger even that the union affiliation vote. If the East Vancouver crowd wins this one, look for all the seats in Coquitlam, Surrey, North Delta and Ridge Meadows to revert to the BC Liberals.

Budd

You of all people should know that the resolutions posted here are proposed by individual members and then voted on for inclusion at the convention by whoever showed up a the Kensington meeting dealing with resolutions. For all you know David wants the bridge widened to 12 lanes.

"For all you know David [Chudnovsky] wants the bridge widened to 12 lanes.

Posted by FriendsofDemocracy at October 26, 2005 09:59 AM

As everyone knows, resolutions don't go to Convention from the riding of a sitting MLA, in the subject area for which that MLA is the NDP's critic in the Legislature, unless the MLA substantially agrees with them. Or unless the MLA is slowly being upended and impeached by unhappy members of their riding association.

Furthermore, the carefully prepared wording of this resolution has all the earmarks of a well coordinated effort by the various psuedo-environmental lobby groups in Vancouver that are in reality devoted to raising residential property prices ever higher, such as fellow MLA Shane Simpson's Smart Growth group, or one of the anti-freeway umbrella groups formed by the disciples of Gordon Price.

I'll agree there was concensus for this motion but I also saw a very democratic process and there was nobody nursing sore arms at the meeting's conclusion.

If I had my druthers all the bridges would have exorbitant tolls as a funding source/deterrent to use of cars, commercial trucks would be free..but that's just me.

Peak Oil is here and now things are going to get interesting/nightmarish.
read this:

http://www.kunstler.com/spch_hudson.htm

It's great to have youth involved. Though i may disagree with many resolutions sent to convetion by the BC YND, all the power to them for being involved. Same goes for any other party.

As a former conservative and socred, I have to say there conventions were one heck of alot more fun than the first few NDP conventions I attended. They expected me to know the resolutions and be prepared to vote!

They are still like that, but then they have added some fun. As for Svend's hot tub parties. Never been to one, sound like that would liven up the convention!

On further reading (prompted) I see the article has resolutions from the whole sector of the NDP. Looks like I better be awake. Perhaps Sean can buy me a drink after the voting each day ; )

Only freaks from Vancouver don't want to widen or twin the Port Mann bridge. And they need to get real. Because those of us who have JOBS need the reads widened so we can get to work. It may not make the bongo drum players on Comercial drive happy, and it may not make the ivory tower intellectuals holding sit-ins up at the university happy, but ordinary people need this bridge twinned. Actually we demand it.

As a long suffering member of the NDP, I have to again ask: why can't the NDP speak on behalf of ordinary people, at least on this issue?

Actually Dagmar it's people like you, who bash the poor and labour under the impression that only the union members of the NDP hold jobs, who cause many undecided voters to turn away from the NDP.
Fortunately we are not too far removed from a time when your gas guzzling pickups or suvs will be worthless, your jobs vanished and you will have to get in line at the soup kitchen where the food will be provided by the progressive types in the party that had the foresight and wisdom to adapt to modern realities.

..and the Port Mann bridge becomes an expensive foot and cycle path.

It's striking that the NDP are putting forth so many policies that were passed by the federal Liberal party in the last couple years. They must be learning what leads to success and copying it.

Actually, friendsofintelligentsia, it's the ivorytower leftists with their MAs in sociopoliticalentymology who will be, and are already, in the line for the dole courtesy of people like me, the workin' man. In a Darwinian sense, there's always going to be guys like me to support the rest of you. Like slaveowners, you expect this of us, and like slaves, we are bashed for being hardworking, 'non-progressive' 'knuckle-draggers.' But it is us who built this country. And it is I who have given part of my left-ear for a progressive cause, namely the NDP. What have you done for the NDP?

So traffic is congested. What do you suggest, other than not going to work. You can't even get a frickin' bus line going on these bridges with any reliable ETA. To further public transit, we have to twin the bridge, which is yet another reason to do this. The people on Commmercial drive eating their baba ghanouj and sipping their lattees may not like it, but it is a reality we must face. and the NDP needs to represent people like me to get elected, not people like you.

For once you are putting forward something with substance. I'll stop assuming that all rural union workers are Lucky drinkin', wife beatin' apes if you stop bashing poor people. I don't give a f**k what you think of the rest of us but until you come to the realization that there has always been more than enough in this country to look after those who have fallen between the cracks, no matter the reason, but that greedy capitalists have siphoned off the cream for things like corporate welfare, then you won't understand that our society is ultimately judged by how we look after the less fortunate.

As for transportation, you make some valid points. The big picture, though, involves some hard truths. Check out this link:

http://www.kunstler.com/spch_hudson.htm

We are in peak oil and the ramifications are severe. I don't think anybody has truly understood how rapidly things will shift now.
Internal combustion engines are in their final days and apparently hydrogen, ethanol and biodiesel are not realistic for long term.

In BC, because of our capacity for wind, tidal and hydro power, we may have a longer term edge for electric transportation. The bottom line is that we are on the brink of some major and drastic changes in our circumstances.
Say goodbye to the hightech/industrialization/ space age and say welcome back to an agricultural economy. It's gonna happen in our lifetime.

FriendsofDemocracy:

It doesn't surprise me that consensus was obtained fairly easily for this motion given that the MLA and his staff would have been solidly in favour of it, not to mention neighboring legislator Shane Simpson. A top-down consensus rarely involves the need for more than the gentlest arm twisting, unless you're dealing with a particularly naive and recalcitrant group.

The GVRD pretended to recommend tolls on all major bridges in the Lower Mainland fifteen years ago. Needless to say this was a paper promise that none of the signatories to the so-called Livable Region Plan, including Mayors Gordon M. Campbell and Gordon Hogg, had the slightest intention of carrying through with. The main anti-freeway groups don't support tolls either since, if they were collected on top of the gas taxes now being used to subsidize transit, motorists would demand that these tolls be used to build additional freeways and bridges. Since it's this road capacity itself which threatens the huge untaxed capital gains Vancouver residents have in their homes, its construction must be prevented, and so the tolls which could finance that construction must be opposed as well.

As for "Peak Oil", it's right up there in the kit bag of anti-freeway junk science arguments, along with "triple convergence" and other pieces of misinformation, disinformation, and outright lies. I have no idea who James Howard Kunstler is and am not the least bit curious to find out. Here are two links to authoritative articles on the subject of long term oil supply and demand:

http://www.eia.doe.gov/pub/oil_gas/petroleum/feature_articles/2004/worldoilsupply/oilsupply04.html

Aug 2004 Long-Term World Oil Supply Scenarios: The Future Is Neither as Bleak or Rosy as Some Assert, by John H. Wood, Gary R. Long, David F. Morehouse, Energy Information Administration, US Dept of Energy

http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/weo/2005/01/pdf/chapter4.pdf

World Economic Outlook:Globalization and External Imbalances, April 2005, A Survey by the Staff of the International Monetary Fund
Chapter IV: WILL THE OIL MARKET CONTINUE TO BE TIGHT?

Remember one thing, FoesofDemocracy, we all know what the real game is here, and it's sure as Hell not the environment. It's property prices and political power and status, in particular the fear and loathing that all Vancouver residents have of waking up some day in the not too distant future to discover that there are more people, more voters, more political power in Surrey than in Vancouver. Opposing the twinning of the Port Mann Bridge is one of their survival strategies to try to delay this inevitable, dreaded day of reckoning for as long as politically possible.

Hear Hear Budd Campbell!

Vancouver is dead. Long live the Fraser Valley!!!

I get so sick of these hoity toity intellegentsia types in their ivory towers banging on their bongo drums first bashing people like me for being un-progressive, but then subsequently holding their hands out for more taxes, free bus passes, social programs, and welfare for all. I'm not alone in this party, either, in terms of how I feel.

And, oh, gee, I guess I can take a skytrain to work. How often do they run through the downtown of Chilliwack?

I also noticed another motion, from the Womens' Rights Committee. this one calls for the creation of a Multiculturalism Committee. Goddamn, these committees without substance are multiplying like rabbits! And they are wasting the membership dues and donations from hard working people on this crap. It boggles the mind.

I guess I'd be far more comfortable if the Port Mann bridge was dismantled along with the Alex Fraser and the Patullo bridges. We send the Fraser Valley all our nice sweet air..what more do they want?

I like the fact that a staunch unionist like Budd would list the US Department of Energy as a source. They would only be the ultimate purveyors of misinformation and propaganda designed to perpetuate myths about an oil and nuclear based economy. Wow..how's that for irony? Budd and Bush. I'll let FriendsofPlant know..maybe you can go to Crawford for the US Thanksgiving and get hammered with the Gordo & Geoff dog and pony show. Maybe Dagmar can give you a lift home in his monster truck. The confederate flag, gun rack and missing teeth will fit right in down south..just like in the valley and up in Ku Klux Kamloops.

"I guess I'd be far more comfortable if the Port Mann bridge was dismantled along with the Alex Fraser and the Patullo bridges. We send the Fraser Valley all our nice sweet air..what more do they want?"

You're not serious, ... I hope.

One question I have about Chudnovsky's resolution is this. It doesn't explicitly mention the other two major bridge projects being planned right now, the new Pitt River Bridge and the Golden Ears Bridge. I wonder why the ommission? Gordon Price and his disciples have made their vehement opposition to these other two projects a matter of record, ... so why is Chudnovsky not also explicitly condemning them as well? I wonder if he thinks that he can keep the Coquitlam MLAs Farnworth and Thorn and Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows MLA Sather onside if he leaves out these two projects and instead focuses his opposition onto Port Mann, hoping that in this way he will only offend Langley and the eastern side of Surrey, where the NDP has no MLAs.


When did the people of Vancouver Kingsway change their views on the Port Mann Bridge - their former NDP member the Hon. Glen Clark first proposed a new or twin crossing back in the 90's and wasn't the current member for Kingsway - Mr Dix a member of Clark's staff - I guess to some if the Liberals propose it it is bad but if the NDP proposes the same thing it is okay - case in point - it was the NDP who first floated and promoted the 2010 Olympic bid but as soon as the Liberals were elected it was a bad thing.

Sounds like pure BC politics to me -

Go Dagmar Go!

As much as it traumatizes me to agree with Budd, his comments regarding Chudnovsky and the Port Mann are bang on.

"When did the people of Vancouver Kingsway change their views on the Port Mann Bridge - their former NDP member the Hon. Glen Clark first proposed a new or twin crossing back in the 90's and wasn't the current member for Kingsway - Mr Dix a member of Clark's staff - ... "

Good point politics101. In 1995 the NDP Govt issued a policy statement titled Going Places: Transportation for British Columbians. This publication contained forwards from Premier Harcourt and Ministers Clark and Pement.

On page 25 it states that "the province will add two HOV lanes to Highway 1 from the Port Mann Bridge to Vancouver, and will develop additional crossing capacity on or near the Port Mann Bridge ... Options for additional capacity on or near the Port Mann Bridge include twinning the existing bridge or constructing a separate north-south connection between Surrey and Coquitlam."

You mention Adrian Dix. I think it may be significant that, to this point at least, he has not joined with fellow East End NDP MLAs Chudnovsky and Simpson in peddling the Gordon Price Doctrine. And Price, you will remember, is NPA (ie Grit or Tory), not NDP. The anti-freeway thing is shared by Vancouver politicos on both sides of the political spectrum, and for nearly half a century they have succeeded in manipulating not only Vancouver City policy but BC Govt policy to satisfy their demands for a city in which property prices are forced to stratospheric levels in a metropolitan area that is still just a regional centre.

"Joey,

Ouch, what's with the anonymous ad hominem attack?

At least put some modicum of testicular fortitude behind your insult, instead of hiding behind an alias."

-Whats a matter Newman, dont like the taste of your own medicine??

Here are some motions I would like to see debated at the NDP convention. I know that most rank and file New Democrats agree with me.

1) Motion to eliminate all references to socialism in party constitution
2) Motion to strengthen NDP relationship with Labour
3) Motion to twin the Port Mann bridge and create three additional crossings over the Fraser River
4) Motion to push for harsher penalties for drug dealers including grow-ops
5) Motion to make Glen Clark an honourary lifetime member

Your thoughts?

Daggy

XOXO

Hey Dagmar

How many goons does it take to make a troll?

No really..I wanna know. Your're the dumbest goon we've got..you should know the answer, unless, of course, your're too dumb.

Hey. I don't know the answer to your question. I didn't know that goons made trolls.

Despite your awkward humour, any FriendofTrolls is a friend of mine. 'Ears to you.

Dagmar

XOXO

Hey Dagmar

It wasn't meant to be funny. Bashing poor people is not funny. You must really hate yourself and be extremely insecure if you feel the need to criticize poor people in public. Only a self loathing loser would do that.

Since when did I bash the poor. I only bashed the freaks on Commercial Drive. And the ivory tower lefties at the universities. And potheads. Pot is expensive. These people aren't poor.

But, if bashing belies insecurities, then you must be the most neurotic of the bunch.

It is time for me to rise above your negativitiy, which I will do.

Dag

Hey Dagmar

So you are dishonest as well. Later when I have the time I will post all the reference quotes of your poor bashing.

If vancouverites oppose the port mann because it will bring down Vancouver's property values, then good on them. The reason Vancouver has high property values is because it is an urban centre that offers amenities people want to be close to- many suburbanites included- face it, if you didn't, there would be no reason for the bridge. Building a freeway out to surrey allows suburbanites to enjoy these amenities without having to live there or contribute to taxes, lowering Vancouver property values in the process. Therefore, Vancouverites lose property value while continuing to pay for the services that benefit suburbanites. I think that is a pretty justifiable reason to get pissed off.

Now for a little lesson in economics. There is this thing called the price system where people pay for what they use. It is basically the foundation of our society. Building roads on the public's account completely undermines this price system. Nothing wrong with the government building and operating the road, but we should realize there is a cost in driving- there is a construction cost, a congestion cost, an environmental cost and a social cost- driving obviously causes air pollution that kills people and brings down property values in neighbourhoods and city centres. It also imposes costs on other people on the road when there is not enough capacity. Gas taxes don't cover these costs. This is why there are congestion charges in London and Singapore- it reintroduces the price sytem into transportaiton.

The reason we have congestion is similar to the reason the Soviet Union always had line ups for butter. WHen you don't let the price system work, demand outstrips supply and you get shortages- a lineup for butter or a lineup on the freeway to get to work are the same thing.

For you people who think that left-wing hippies are the only opponents to the Port Mann, guess again. There are right-wing economists, like myself, who understand the concepts of supply and demand and who are against government subsidazation of private goods that should be priced. The sooner you realize that, the sooner you will realize unlimited subsidization of freeway expansion is the road to ruin- economically, socially, and environmentally.

I should add, that those of you saying that road space is a public good, like defence and education, are wrong. If you read any basic economics text, you will learn that highways, especially in urban areas where there is limited roadspace- are much more a private than public good. This is why the price system should apply.

If the price system did apply,driving would be more expensive. THis would mean less pollution, lower greenhouse gas emmissions, less congestoin, more development of higher density urban areas, and less wasteful use of valuable farmland up the valley for parking lots. Make up your own mind whether that is what we want the future to look like or not.

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