Chilliwack – The electioneering is well underway. October 19 is BC Provincial Election Day and the stumping is getting into high gear.
BC United Leader Kevin Falcon fielded questions in a Chilliwack Townhall Meeting on February 1, at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre.
Over 50 people were in attendance.
While Falcon did not name who the Chilliwack candidates would be, he promised quality personnel.
He said he would talk about agriculture but never got to that.
One person noted that there was no acknowledgment of being on First Nations territory, as per custom with starting most formal gatherings. Falcon did not seem to be bothered by that observation.
SOGI 123 was the hot button topic and he reiterated that parents rights must be forefront. One person noted the Alberta announcement which literally “outs” a student to their parents. That province introduced new policies restricting access to gender-affirming care for minors and requiring parental consent for pronoun and name changes at school.
Bring back the letter grade system for school report cards.
Highway 1 would be widened all the way to Hope, if elected. He did not talk about rapid transit.
Provincial carbon taxes would be rolled back but stressed that he would have no influence on federal taxes.
Trades and cutting red tape to build and create more housing was a strong point.
He remains against decriminalization of hard drugs and wants more treatment facilities as well as mental health facilities. He stopped short of calling for mandatory treatment for addicts.
Falcon brushed off the recent polls putting BC United ( the former BC Liberals) in third place behind the BC Conservatives.
One unemployed nurse was concerned that the COVID vaccine mandate for health professionals cost her, he job. Falcon would repeal that rule and get unemployed health care professionals back to work.