People deserve an MLA that respects the diverse views, needs and aspirations of the residents of Burnaby- Deer Lake. Politics in British Columbia is polarized, and consequently, decisions are made that benefit only an elite few. The Green Party is a progressive party that respects the diversity in the community, encourages participation in decision-making and places a greater emphasis on the environment than the other parties. These are the values I live by in my personal and professional life. I have a strong commitment to improve the lives of my neighbours. This means advocating for them when they face a challenge, celebrating their achievements and protecting their rights. Too often, decision-making is dominated by "special interests". This leads to inefficient and costly decision-making that often tramples on the rights of many for the benefit a few. I want to live in a community that is friendly, compassionate, diverse, productive and inclusive. These goals are not easily achieved in an increasingly globalized free-market economy that emphasizes growth and consumption. I believe we must be the change we want to see in the world. Helping others as your MLA is a good start.
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