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Courtyard café: Responsible government

 

Summary:

  • To redistribute wealth to ensure social health
  • To regulate society and industry
  • Manage natural resources to achieve maximum public benefit
  • Government can increase economic efficiency by reducing imperfections

 

  • To redistribute wealth to ensure social health
  • To regulate society and industry
  • Manage natural resources to achieve maximum public benefit
  • Government needs to interfere to connect market imperfections
  • Welfare state makes capitalism bearable
  • Big government is better then corporation, but has much worse public relations
  • Government can increase economic efficiency by reducing imperfections

 

Summary:

Issue:

  • Negative perceptions
    • Influence of vested interests
    • Lack of Trust
    • Elitism
    • Politicians are dishonest
    • Too many broken promises
    • Abuse of power
    • Polarisation and partisan bickering

Solutions:

  • Radical transparency, really open government with real accountability
  • Change partisan vote system.
  • Walking the talk, relationship building, enhance human connection
  • Change the language. Government is simple an extension of us
  • Promote collaboration
  • Emphasis that politicians are people
  • Have more access to politics and normalize politics with society
  • Political courage vision beyond election cycle
  • Changing “leader” dominance model

 

Issue:

  • Corporate influence bureau influence unelected
  • Lack of trust
  • Elitism and competitiveness discourage involvement
  • Idea that all politicians are dishonest
  • Broken promises trust actions
    • Hypocrisy
  • Power being used inappropriately
    • Advertising
    • Industry
    • Political Leadership
    • Whip Votes
    • Power of Leader
    • Media Influence
  • Unelected influence
  • Lobbyists are barriers to civil groups/ citizens engaging with elected leadership
  • No action all talk
  • Partisan bickering
  • Political spectrum polarized

Solutions:

  • Radical transparency
  • Common ground shared objective collaboration
  • Connect on a personal level and learn how to have conversations with people we disagree with.
    • Book - “I think you are wrong but I’m listening”
  • Change partisan vote system. I vote Green just because rather than for specific MLA
  • Walking the talk, relationship building
  • Restoring dignity to the political process
  • Rise above partisan politics
  • Change relationship from vertical to horizontal
  • Initiatives in the platform to collaborate (as always) and support not-typical politicians to get elected
  • Human connection
    • Personal calls and canvassers
  • Change the language. Government is simple an extension of us
    • Perception education promoting collaboration
    • Emphasis that politicians are people
    • Support Independent journalism. Ex. National Observer
    • Have more access to politics and normalize politics with society
    • Political courage vision beyond election cycle
    • Changing “leader” dominance model
    • Pendulum swing
      • Middle Ground
    • Government should lead with consideration not follow the loudest complainers
      • Swing ridings
  • How to avoid manipulation from taking control?
    • Unlimited input to be answered
  • Leading positive change for all individual
    • Gain/image
    • Really open government
      • Real accountability

 

Summary:

  • Perception
    • Government is made up of established elites
    • Politics is too competitive
    • Lack of Inclusivity or welcoming/outreach to young
    • A different generation - youth don’t feel included or like their voices are heard and therefore don’t feel connected
  • Solutions:
    • We need more politicians that are not career politicians from diverse backgrounds
    • Better K-12 education, on government
    • Parties need to make candidacy more accessible
    • Create youth levels of government to match
    • Change the voting age to 16
    • Mandatory voting
    • Improve high school education on politics

 

Issue:

  • Youth think politics is a joke full of the old white men that don’t listen
  • Perception
    • Government is made up of established elites
    • Politics is competitive so “ I shouldn’t get involved.”
    • Lack of Inclusivity or Welcoming/outreach to young
    • A different generation - youth don’t feel included or like their voices are heard and therefore don’t feel connected
    • For older, more experienced people

Solutions:

  • We need more politicians that are not career politicians from diverse backgrounds
    • Minorities
    • Women
    • LGBTQ+
    • BIPOC etc.
    • Young People
    • Real People
  • Better K-12 education, on government
  • Seeing yourself represented as a candidate
    • Parties need to make candidacy more accessible
  • Create youth levels of government to match
  • Giving youth more voice
    • 16 voting age
    • Mandatory voting
  • Not properly taught in school
    • Seen as boring
    • “Term limits”
    • Candidate selection

 

Summary:

  • Revisit the Community Charter and Local Gov’t Act to strike a new deal with local gov’ts
  • Provide more stable funding (and much greater funding) to local gov’t given the huge increase in costs related & climate change
  • Address barriers to becoming a councillor e.g. childcare leave

 

  • Revisit the Community Charter and Local Gov’t Act to strike a new deal with local gov’ts
  • Provide more stable funding (and much greater funding) to local gov’t given the huge increase in costs related & climate change
  • Governance changes to community charter/ LG Act
  • Local government focus
    • Local government more trustworthy
    • Outcome based ideas
    • Fuels on the ground
  • Local government reform
    • Councillors - barriers to becoming a councillor ex.. childcare leave
    • Funding and powers

 

Summary:

  • Make policy evidence based, ally with science medical & other experts
  • Develop legislation in the public interest in collaboration with other parties
  • Governance changes, ex. 60% threshold for budget/ supply/ confidence bills, motions
  • Awards for civil servants achieving incredible things ex. Michael Lewis - In it for mission not the money

 

  • Make policy evidence based, ally with science medical & other experts
  • Continue to propose legislation that is good for everyone in BC in collaboration with other parties
  • Governance changes, ex. 60% threshold for budget/ supply/ confidence bills, motions
  • Awards for civil servants achieving incredible things ex. Michael Lewis - In it for mission not the money
  • Facedown denialism
  • Compassionately address real feelings/experience with science and traditional knowledge
  • Honest, critical, skeptical
  • Every party having access to legislative drafters

 

Summary:

  • Balancing local government, provincial and national issues
  • Precautionary/ preventative issues
  • Forward looking Innovation ex. Green Economy
  • Move away from BCGP as an “Island Party”
  • Highlight successes
  • Safeguard the privacy of citizens
  • Focus education on values that cross party lines
  • Encourage the use of open source software in government and private sector where practical

 

  • Building communities must be balanced with a provincial/national cooperative approach
    • Preventative issues
    • Address increasing frequency/ severity or emergencies/ disasters in BC (possible creation of Ministry or Emergency management)
  • Accountability
    • Regulations
    • Corporate Power
    • Forward Looking Innovation
    • Ex. Green Economy
  • Move away from BCGP as an “Island Party”
  • Highlight successes
    • Lobbyist Reform
    • Big money out of politics
    • Certain Policies Ex. MSP. sanitary napkins in bathrooms
    • Elections Canada
    • Increase youth vote
  • Encourage use of open source software where practical
  • Safeguard privacy of citizens
  • Focus education on values that cross party lines
  • Encourage the use of open source software in government and private sector
  • Politician stay connected to their team
  • Green support team
  • Stay connected with community
  • Spend more on education
  • Passing Pro-rep not in a referendum but promise to vote on it after two elections under the new system

 

Summary:

  • Convention accessibility
  • CASA works and parties can work together to govern and yet still have opposition
  • Platform of honesty
  • Ability to work across party lines for the benefit of all British Columbians
  • Vision beyond election cycle

 

  • Work with all parties joint “booths” at community events
  • Convention accessibility
    • Money
    • Location
  • Perception that CASA works and parties can work together to govern and yet still have opposition
  • Platform of honesty
  • Ability to work across party lines for the benefit of all British Columbians
  • Vision beyond election cycle
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