- Economic Development and Job Creation
- Environmental Responsibility
- Social and Economic Infrastructure
- Success for Youth and Millennials
- Supporting Independence for Seniors and Veterans, including Accessible Healthcare
- Andrew Scheer - A Responsible Leader for Canada
Economic Development and Job Creation
Canadians have learned they can trust the Conservative Party to:
- Manage the economy and international trade;
- Promote foreign direct investment;
- Spend responsibly and pay down the deficit.
Balancing the budget and living within our means allows government to invest in programs we need, protect the vulnerable and make life more affordable for Canadians.
The Trudeau Liberals broke their promise to only run modest budget deficits in their first two years. The Federal deficit is spiralling out of control and the Liberals have no plan to eliminate it. My fiscally responsbile Liberal friends do not recognize their party.
I am committed to using your hard-earned tax dollars to invest in programs that benefit people NOT pay interest on government debt and make your life LESS affordable by raising your tax burden.
To help create jobs Conservatives believe in strategic investments in social and economic infrastructure and competitive tax rates.
In contrast to the Trudeau Liberals, and the NDP under Jagmeet Singh, who support deficit spending and tax increases, a Conservative government will create the conditions for local businesses to hire people and expand.
The key long-term solution to many social issues, affordability and helping those on the fringes of our communities, is meaningful local jobs. Regular work and pay is so much more than just money – it’s self-worth and a sense of pride that a person is contributing to their family and the social fabric of their community.
All levels of government need to work together to help Canadians with mental health and addiction issues participate in our economy. To have a strong economy we need to include everyone. Economic development and social inclusion go hand in hand. Job creation and prosperity means we can make taxes fair and affordable while maintaining and expanding core government programs that we all rely on.
I believe in a balanced approach to growing our economy and protecting our environment. Please see my bio to learn about how I am committed to protecting our environment.
Conservatives care about our air quality, fresh water, wild salmon and the state of our oceans. I am a strong supporter of the role of our Coast Guard in helping protect our marine environment.
Canada already has world leading environmental laws and industry regulation. We can do even better. I will work within the Conservative Party to reflect a balanced approach, which I believe is supported by a majority of Canadians who want responsible resource development and world-class environmental regulation.
Like most Canadians, I see no disconnect between supporting the twinning of the existing Kinder Morgan pipeline while protecting habitat and restricting or prohibiting development in ecologically sensitive regions. It’s about balance and being responsible.
Social and Economic Infrastructure
I grew up in the mid-Island and saw firsthand the boom and bust some of our communities experienced, including the recession in the 1980’s, and the effects it had on friends and family. If elected, I will work tirelessly to deliver federal government funding to support social and economic infrastructure in our communities.
The Liberals have not elected an MP North of Victoria in over 44 years and ignore Vancouver Island.
The NDP have never in Canadian history formed government in Ottawa and Jagmeet Singh and our current NDP MP have no effective political power to deliver results for our communities.
A Conservative MP in a Conservative Government will deliver Social and Economic Infrastructure for Courtenay-Alberni.
An MP in government can work with colleagues in caucus and get the ear of the relevant Minister for individuals and riding level issues that need to be addressed and the Minister can get the department to act.
History speaks for itself. Prior to 2015, our region was solidly Conservative and the former Conservative MPs, as part of Conservative governments, delivered millions in discretionary federal spending for many positive investments in our communities, including:
- Comox Valley – Funding for new Tourism Centre and Comox Valley Airport upgrades
- Courtenay - Restoration of the Native Sons Hall
- Port Alberni - Funding for Visitor Centre
- Port Alberni - Funding to rebuild Athletic Hall
- Port Alberni - pre-feasibility study for a trans-shipment hub for the Port
- Deep Bay - Shellfish Research Centre
- Qualicum Beach - Funding for Ravensong Pool renewal
- Parksville - Community Park improvements
- Ucluelet - Funding for new Community Hall
- Tofino - Funding for housing on the Ty-histanis First Nation, Wickaninnish Interpretive Centre
- Small craft harbour upgrades
“Byron wants to use his considerable skills and experience to serve the people of Courtenay-Alberni. Byron will be a champion for Vancouver Island” Hon. John Duncan PC Conservative MP for Courtenay for over 20 years
I have listened to members of our communities and, if elected, will work with all levels of government to pursue federal funding towards social and economic infrastructure, including:
- Port Alberni - Feasibility study for the Container Port (PATH)
- Port Alberni - Replace aging Echo Centre Pool
I have fond memories of coming to the Echo Centre for swim meets but this picture of me was taken when I was 7 years old – it was already over 10 years old then!
- Comox Valley - Infrastructure to support agriculture and food security Vancouver Island grows less than 6% of its food needs
- Comox Valley - Expansion of border services/customs to facilitate international flights to YQQ
- Qualicum Beach - Outdoor turf field
Oceanside is one of the only regions on the Island that does not have an outdoor turf field. Oceanside Soccer has already raised $200,000 towards a turf field
- Parksville - Community pool
- Parksville - Extension of Parksville Bay pathway to Rathtrevor Beach Park
- West Coast - Upgrades for small craft harbours in Tofino and Ucluelet
The affordable Vancouver Island of my youth is disappearing. Seniors on a fixed income and workers whose wages have stagnated are struggling with the rising costs of housing, food and gas. Under the Trudeau Liberals seniors and families are getting by, or falling behind, not getting ahead.
Housing affordability, whether to rent or to fulfill the dream of home ownership, is becoming less and less obtainable. Homelessness is on the rise. Over 50% of renters in the Alberni Valley and over 45% of renters in the Comox Valley spend more than 30% of their income on housing (Vitalsigns 2018).
Housing affordability needs to be a top priority for the Federal Government.
Although, non-profit housing and zoning decisions are primarily in the provincial and municipal jurisdictions and housing supply is largely determined by the investment criteria of private sector developers. The federal government should:
- Consider increasing the First-Time Home Buyer’s Tax Credit;
- Review and consider re-instating the historic Canadian tax rules that encouraged the construction of rental buildings;
- Consider a pilot project with municipalities to exempt from GST the construction of rental buildings with dedicated affordable housing units.
Conservatives believe in supporting families and honouring and caring for seniors, veterans and those in need.
We will be proposing positive policies in our 2019 Platform that will make life more affordable for Islanders. Stay tuned.
Success for Youth and Millennials
Today, it takes longer for young people to get settled in the economy, to start a 2nd career in their 30’s or to come back to the work force after having children. As a businessperson I understand the current disruption and uncertainty in our economy. Vancouver Island needs to have the educational, training and work opportunities so Islanders never have to leave to fulfill their dreams. As your MP, I would promote technology, innovation and life-long learning. I would cooperate with all levels of government to expand post-secondary, skills training, mentorship and internship opportunities in our communities.
Supporting Independence for Seniors and Veterans, including Accessible Healthcare
To support seniors the Federal government should consider:
- Home Accessibility Tax Credit for seniors to renovate their homes and permit aging-in-place.
- A national plan to attract doctors and nurse practitioners to underserved communities.
- Tax relief for single and widowed seniors.
- Funding cutting-edge health research.
- Reducing the minimum RRIF withdrawal requirements.
- Amending the Criminal Code to help protect seniors from financial fraud.
As it relates to Veterans, Conservatives believe that Canada and its Veterans share a social covenant and that the Government should be committed to providing the best possible services and benefits for Veterans and their families. We need to change the culture at Veteran Affairs from an insurance culture to a service-oriented culture. This requires leadership from the highest level.
Andrew Scheer - A Responsible Leader for Canada
Andrew is an effective, responsible leader and team-builder. He has a vision for a new era of balanced Conservative policies that will not only grow our economy and make life more affordable for Canadians but also protect our natural environment.
We have a strong relationship and he has already spent two days with me in our riding, meeting veterans, members of our armed forces and over 300 residents at a public town hall at the Native Sons Hall in Courtenay.
The Conservative caucus is diverse, talented and experienced. We have learned from the message delivered by voters in 2015, refined our policies and are ready to restore balanced and responsible government to Ottawa.