The provincial New Democrats have distributed a summary of their Our Province Our Future launch conference 89 days after it took place. That conference was attended by more than 200 British Columbians as part an ongoing initiative by the opposition to engage citizens in a dialogue about "the economic, social and environmental renewal of our province." According to the summary, participants discussed a number of motherhood ideas such "addressing the high cost of post-secondary education" and "promoting green technology." But several more interesting proposals were also talked about.
Among them: a land or housing speculation tax to deal with the challenge of housing affordability in urban areas; using a model similar to the Columbia Basin Trust to support economic development in rural regions; decentralizing "appropriate" ministry functions and programs to those areas; and increasing the social, legal and economic supports necessary to facilitate the long-term integration of immigrants. The following is a complete copy of that summary, along with the email which accompanied it.
From: Carole James
Subject: Our Province, Our Future: Summary of Proceedings
Attached is a summary of proceedings for the Our Province, Our Future Leaders' Summit. This document provides an overview of the day's events and outlines the broader themes and ideas explored by participants, including:
* the need for a long-term and comprehensive economic strategy;
* the importance of investing in our human capital;
* the imperative of sustainability; and
* the critical role of good government.
The Leaders' Summit was only the first step. We're keeping the conversation going through focused discussions in BC's regions as well as sectoral discussions.
Leader, New Democrat Official Opposition