Candidate responses — Doug Maxwell

B.C. First candidate Doug Maxwell answers some election questions.

Doug Maxwell

What sets you apart as a candidate?

 

B.C. First and I agree that the elimination of party politics would give us a return to a true democracy. It would allow the people in this riding to have a say on all issues as the MLA would be responsible to the voters and constituents instead of to a party or premier. The MLA candidates would also be on an even playing field if our policy of individual donations only (no corporations or individuals) to a maximum of $1,000 were adopted. Our 10-point policy list outlines how a true democratic system should be set up.

 

 

What would you do to strengthen the economy in this riding?

 

The best way to strengthen our economy is to work together all over B.C. to move forward as a whole. This would work better if party politics didn’t get in the way because one party seems to immediately take the opposite opinion of the one  bringing an idea forward. Penticton riding should quickly explore the information technology business and find out how to attract this clean industry to our area. After all we are the best place in Canada to live and people in this industry are very mobile. This should be done in addition to supporting our traditional industries like logging and tourism as well as promoting the growing industry of eco-tourism.

 

 

What would you do to encourage job creation?

 

Job creation goes hand in hand with our economy so we need, as a province, to work together to grow our economy in a sustainable fashion. Working together is a key to growth and I envision 60 MLAs who are independent working together in committees to move us forward.

 

 

If you are elected but your party does not form the next government, how will you ensure the needs of the riding are addressed?

B.C. First and I know we will not form the next government but we believe that a systemic change is needed in our provincial governing system to return to a true democracy so we will move forward in all areas and prosper in the long term. Change starts with small steps and the first step is to elect two, three, four or five independent MLAs that will work for constituents and promote these changes from within. I know that there has never been a political party leave office with a smaller debt than when they started and we now pay $2.5 billion plus for interest alone. That doesn’t even start to reduce our debt. It seems that party politics is great for a few individuals but has almost bankrupt our province. What happens if interest rates rise to 25 per cent like it was in 1981?  Change must start now!