VANCOUVER: In the first of a series of major campaign policy releases, BC Liberal Leadership Candidate Todd Stone has unveiled his vision for our party renewing its relationship with B.C. families.
Stone’s fresh vision for families includes B.C.’s largest ever investment in immediately creating new childcare spaces; better supporting seniors and their families, particularly when it comes to those coping with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia; and, prioritizing supports for those facing mental health challenges.
“A new generation of leadership means putting the needs of families at the centre of all we do,” said Stone. “I believe in a strong economy and growing jobs because that’s what allows us to make these kinds of significant investments in making life better for families.”
Specific commitments include creating 75,000 new childcare and early childhood development spaces over four years – the single largest investment of its kind in B.C. history – as well as increasing subsidies for low- to moderate-income families so that they have access to quality childcare in their communities.
When it comes to doing more to help seniors, Stone is committing to a renewed emphasis on caring for those with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia by enhancing homecare services, increasing beds in community facilities and training more specialized care providers. As well, more will be done to help seniors stay in their homes longer through an expanded SAFER program and by assisting families caring for aging loved ones with new targeted tax credits.
Stone’s commitment to families also focuses on better mental health and addictions care so that families, young people, and others can access the supports they need when they need them, particularly in schools.
“Mental Health is an issue impacting an increasing number of B.C. Families,” said Stone. “As leaders, we need to recognize this reality, listen to families, and then take bold action to do more.”
Additional policy measures include doing more to assist young people transitioning out of government care and into adulthood, as well as removing barriers for British Columbians with disabilities.