Our Vision, Jobs Plan & Budget

Our Vision: Master Plan Framework for Government in BC

As a party we are economically, socially and environmentally responsible.


We believe government should be primarily focused on its citizens and have strong engagement with all of its citizens.  We do not believe government should be beholden to just the globally rich and powerful who can afford to gain privileged access to our elected representatives through their extensive financial resources.


We believe Government regulation should be focused on protecting its citizens from local and overseas exploitation with strong penalties for breaches, and that competitive markets are the best means to deliver the cheapest products and services to citizens (expect in proven failed markets).


We support Maslow’s globally recognized Hierarchy of Needs framework whereby it is necessary to first provide citizens with safe and secure affordable housing and food, then to focus on personal and community safety, health, health services, the environment and projects impacting the environment.  Once these basic needs are adequately addressed the focus should be on facilitating work and social connection through more secure jobs, transport and family connectivity and support. Then follows a focus on self esteem and respect through consumer protection, transparent government and accountable representatives of the people. Ultimately this leads to the fulfillment of everyone’s abilities through  a focus on education and community development for all.


This creates a virtuous circle of benefits which is self-fulfilling in the longer term to the benefit of all citizens in BC.


We recognize that all of these benefits only become possible in the long term if the government conducts its affairs in a fiscally responsible and efficient manner so that it can afford to deliver the maximum benefits to its citizens at the lowest costs possible.


We also believe that the fortunate few may at times be called upon to assist the most needy in our community. However, their support should not go unrecognized nor be taken for granted.

We are committed to human rights and oppose any form of discrimination amongst our citizens and support ongoing immigration into Canada from around the world. 


Finally we believe governments need to be open and transparent with their citizens and that is why we aim to ultimately see the Government of BC acclaimed as the "Most transparent government in the world” as well as the “Most citizen-focused government in the world” 

Our Jobs Program

We will create over 55,000 jobs in BC in our first year.

Our focus in job creation will be in the housing and construction industry and on improving government services, child care spaces and earthquake protection for BC citizens. More than 55,000 permanent full-time jobs will be created in our first year as documented below, and this will be on top of natural job growth within the private sector across B.C. (see our specific policies on this website for a fuller explanation of each policy initiative)


Our housing construction and rental program will create 13,000 housing and constructions industry jobs from building 9,000 new affordable rental units.

• Our earthquake funding of $1,200 million of school upgrades will generate an additional 6,500 housing and construction jobs 

• Our building of new school classrooms to replace current portable classrooms will create 15,000 housing and constructions industry jobs

• 6,000 new child care centre jobs with our creation of an additional 25,000 new additional child care spaces.

• We will employ 500 new BC Digital Police Force jobs and create 100 new jobs in Surrey Video Surveillance Network Monitoring.

• The creation of a new Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and regional annexes and the renovation of Riverview Hospital will create 5,000 new jobs in the building and construction industry

• Our residential care infrastructure fund will create 500 jobs in the housing and construction industry

• Creation of 2,690 new teaching positions

• 1,500 new Earthquake Assessment jobs in the private sector.

• 1,000 new government call centre jobs created in order to meet new standards of response for BC citizens.

• 400 new jobs in building and construction industry with the building of new twin George Massey tunnel

• 400 new FOI positions created in government for greater and faster open access requests by BC Citizens

• 510 new jobs from Trans Mountain Pipeline (subject to company meeting conditions)

• 2,000 new Relationship Management jobs in government to assist regular customers and new customers

• 500 new on-site service personnel at government outlets

• 150 new jobs from expansion of Justice Access Centre to include pre-separation counseling.

• 100 new jobs created through our additional legal aid funding.


We will also strengthen the economy through responsible fiscal and economic management with a priority focus on delivering more efficient and effective services to BC citizens. We will be socially and environmentally responsible.


See our Housing Policy, Drug Addiction, Mental Health & Homeless Policy,  Annual Holidays & Minimum Wages Policy, Transport Policy,  Education Policy, Child Care Policy, Earthquake Protection Policy, Personal & Community Safety Policy, 23 Point Health Policy,  Trans Mountain Pipeline, Energy and Site C Dam Policy, Jobs Program, Consumer Protection,  Justice Policy, Customer- focused Government Policy, MLA Accountability & Electoral Reform  Party Donations Crisis, and North Korea Missile Protection Policy for BC, as important and immediate problems being experienced by BC Citizens.


Our 4 Year Balanced Budget

BC CITIZENS FIRST POLICY PROGRAMS FULLY COSTED

MAJOR NEW INITIATIVES DELIVER BALANCED CASHFLOW BUDGET OVER 4 YEARS

The Leader of the BC Citizens First Party, Mr. Phillip Ryan,  today released the party’s fully costed whole-of-government budget reconciliation which will deliver a balanced budget over the next 4 years.


“This is a highly effective, efficient and fiscally responsible policy program which focuses on delivering affordable housing, significant reductions in drug addiction, abolition of MSP premiums and road tolls for private citizens, reduced wait times for medical patients, cheaper gas &  trans Canada air fares, elimination of child care wait times and earthquake protection for all students, workers and families” said Mr. Ryan.


“It is also a full 4 year full-term program of Government rather than the 3 year limited budget released by the BC Liberals during this election campaign”, said Mr. Ryan


This budget reconciliation is based on using the BC Government’s full Budget papers as released on February 21st 2017 as a baseline and is a whole-of-government cashflow budget based on net impacted areas of government (see our specific policies on this website for a full description of each policy initiative):


BUDGET RECONCILIATION OVER FULL 4 YEARS OF GOVERNMENT


INWARDS CASHFLOW: 

$ 6,950 MILLION IN SAVINGS FROM CURRENT GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS:

• Non-funding of the George Massey  Bridge (Saving of $3,500 million over next 4 years)

• Abolition of Prosperity Fund Reserve (Saving of $400 million over next 4 years)

• Running a break even budget rather than a surplus (Saving  of $1,150 million over next 4 years)

• Site C Dam 24 month review hold (Saving of $1,900 million  and  potential $8 billion over next 4 years) 

PLUS $2,715 MILLION OF NEW ADDITIONAL REVENUES:

• Property Transfer Tax from sale of overseas properties ($650 million)

• Additional Federal funding for home care at $78 million per annum  equals $312 million over next 4 years  

• Additional Federal funding for mental health at $65 million per annum  equals $260 million over next 4 years  

• Additional Federal funding for health care through new Ottawa agreement at $150 million per annum  equals $600 million over next 4 years  

• High Risk Dog Breeds fines  ($4 million over 4 years)

• Re-instatement of MSP Premium payments by 140,000 overseas students at $50 million per annum or $200 million over 4 years

• Increased charges for access to water from current $2.50 per million litres to $1,000 per million ($4 million over 4 years) 

• New Pipeline Underground Excavation, Placement and Usage Tax (NPUEPU Tax) of $2.10 for every barrel of oil. (equals $13.7 billion over 20 years and $685 million in first year of operation which will be year 4 of this budgeting program). 

PLUS $377 MILLION OF ADDITIONAL FUNDING ANNOUNCED IN MARCH CANADA BUDGET FLOWING TO BRITISH COLUMBIA:

• BC share of new Federal Child Care funding of $7 billion over 10 years - $277 million over next 4 years to create more high-quality affordable child care spaces.

• BC share of $11.2 billion for new Federal National Housing Strategy over 11 years - $396 million over 4 years but due to SLOW phasing will be conservatively estimated to be $100 million over next 4 years.

TOTAL INFLOWS $10,042 MILLION


OUTWARD CASH FLOWS:

$10,029 MILLION IN NEW  INITIATIVES OVER NEXT 4 YEARS:

• Earthquake protection of our schools ($300 million per annum and $1,200 million over next 4 years)

• Surrey CCTV  and ShotSpotter ($200 million over 4 years)

• Building of a new twinning George Massey tunnels $2,250 million over 4 years.

• Police Body camera capital costs for BC Police $4.5 million (one off capex) plus $5 million per annum contribution towards video cloud storage costs i.e.$24.5 million over 4 years

• New MRIs and CT machines  to reduce wait times i.e. $200 million

• Extended overtime costs or external system costs for MRI and CT machines $200 million over 4 years)

• Portable classrooms replaced by classrooms $800 million over 4 years)

• Building new affordable rental properties to augment current programs ($650 million)

• BC Digital Police Force – to monitor online drug sales into Canada, residential property rentals, online predators and harassment etc ($200 million over 4 years)

• Earthquake private home assessments – net cost of new BC Tax Credit based on 50/50 share with Government of Canada  ($200 million over 4 years)

• Centre for Addiction and Mental Health services and regional centres ($1,000 million over 4 years)

• Capital funding for Riverview Hospital Renovations  - included in $1,000 million CAMH budget.

• 25,000 new child Care Spaces ($150 million)

• University Scholarships for BC Students ($20 million over next 4 years)

• Senior Citizens:

o Residential care Infrastructure Fund ($100 million over 3 years)

o Additional education and training of staff  ($20 million over 4 years)

o New Care Credit  ($8 million over 4 years)

• Cheaper motor vehicle gas from USA – final costs subject to final outcome ($50 million allocated over 4 years for infrastructure) 

• Dental Coverage for Income and Disability Assistance and low income people ($200 million over 4 years)

• BC Food bank $10 million capex

• Cost of BCLC pre-commitment system $75 million over 4 years

• Cost of Site C Dam Royal Commission $25 million over 2 years

• 2,690 new teachers plus capex equipment and space $780 million over 4 years

• Ban on Fracking reducing gas taxation revenues $100 million per annum = $400 million over 4 years

• Additional funding to reduce hospital surgery waiting times - $200 million over 4 years

• Political Practices Commission - $4 million funding over 4 years

• Account Managers for Regular Clients i.e. $100 million per annum i.e. $400 million over 4 years

• Increased call centre personnel $50 million per annum i.e. $200 million over 4 years

• Increased office on-site service personnel $25 million per annum i.e. $100 million over 4 years

• FOI increased funding $25 million per annum i.e. $100 million over 4 years

• Two Factor Authentication IT funding of $50 million capex

• Increased Court Funding of $25 million per annum i.e. $100 million over 4 years

• Increased legal Aid Funding $17 million per annum i.e. $68 million over 4 years

• Justice Access centre expansion $10 million per annum i.e. $40 million over 4 years


SELF FUNDED OR FUNDED FROM CURRENT PROGRAMS:

• Expect usage of toll bridge to double with each halving of tolls – by current users increasing their frequency of usage, as well as current non-users converting to users due to reduced tolls.

• First Home Buyers program

• Child Care Registration, Supervision and Audits 

• Whole of government focus on addiction, mental health and homeless – from current government and authority sponsorships and donations -$250 million per annum and $1 billion over 4 years is expected.

• Surrey School Development Program $217 million over 3 years

• Child care subsidy for incomes less than $55,000 per annum

• BC Housing Registry

• New Third North Vancouver crossing research and report prior to construction

• Step 2 Hydro electricity charge removal during winter

• Trans Canada Air Fares – hopeful of international airlines being approved to provide domestic travel.

• USA/BC Trade Deals

• Roadside Illicit Drug Roadside Testing 

• Public Transport Subsidy

• More frontline emergency workers from reallocation of current human resources across BC hospital system.

• Drug Rehabilitation registration, auditing from current resources.

• School audit of drinking water from current resources.

• MSP 100% reduction for private paying citizens covered by abolition of 50% reduction proposed for company and union funded MSP paid premiums


NET SAVINGS: $10,042 MILLION - $10,029 MILLION = $13 MILLION SURPLUS

 = BALANCED BUDGET


Contact Party Leader: Phillip Ryan, Cell: 604-355-4069, p.ryan@bccitizensfirst.ca. Elections BC Registered Party


See our Housing Policy, Drug Addiction, Mental Health & Homeless Policy,  Annual Holidays & Minimum Wages Policy, Transport Policy,  Education Policy, Child Care Policy, Earthquake Protection Policy, Personal & Community Safety Policy, 23 Point Health Policy,  Trans Mountain Pipeline, Energy and Site C Dam Policy, Jobs Program, Consumer Protection,  Justice Policy, Customer- focused Government Policy, MLA Accountability & Electoral Reform  Party Donations Crisis, and North Korea Missile Protection Policy for BC, as important and immediate problems being experienced by BC Citizens. 

Video Message from Our Leader

Video message to the people of Vancouver-False Creek from our Party Leader, Phillip Ryan