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“After years of B.C. Liberal neglect, we will improve B.C.’s mental-health system by increasing access and investing in early prevention and intervention. People need to know they only have to ask for help once to get help fast.” This is what Horgan said in a news release Monday. I support this with every endorphin in my body. The Liberal party, of course, has its own election 2017 strategy for dealing with mental health and addictions, but this is a party that has been in power since 2001, and, by no measure, is the situation better today than it was then. Can anything this party says on this file be taken seriously? It’s talk. It’s air. I wish it was more. But it isn’t. And, yes, the NDP pledges in support of mental health and addictions may well, in the end, be nothing more than talk, too. But I believe the party deserves the chance to try to fix this mess.-----Julie Ali · University of Alberta The mental health system in Alberta is disrupted and in crisis. It was this way under the PCs and is still this way under the NDP folks. The only good thing we did as voters in the last provincial election was to end 44 years of PC incompetence and indifference with the broom of the NDP folks. I strongly encourage all BC voters to use the same NDP broom to dump the Liberals. Once a party thinks it is a dynasty as the PCs did in Alberta we get very little done in government other than the cover your butt business and spin that has characterized the GOA for decades. While the NDP haven't changed anything in the GOA they have removed the PCs from power. The PCs won't be back. The NDP will be voted out. The Wildrose will win the next provincial election. I believe the only way to get any sort of productivity in government is to change the political party every single election. Like · Reply · 5 mins---


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Change the political party because this is the only change we will get as citizens anywhere in Canada. The political parties are all the same and really what we are doing is simply changing the tablecloth on the fixed table of government.
We're just changing the dark materials.
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Best to change the tablecloth of the political party on the fixed table of government at every provincial election.
It's the only way to get any sort of change --and even this change will usually be about putting the new party inserts into the genome of the bureaucracy in the government.
In Alberta we turfed the PCs.
We're going to turf the NDP folks at the next election.
It's good to do the change business in this manner as this may be the only change we ever get in government.

I voted NDP once. It was a mistake. And I don’t mean it was an, “Oh, gosh, I shouldn’t have voted for them” mistake.
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Wayne Moriarty: Why I’m considering the NDP this election

Published:April 22, 2017
Updated:April 22, 2017 6:11 PM PDT
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B.C. NDP Leader John Horgan at the annual Surrey Vaisakhi Parade on Saturday.
B.C. NDP Leader John Horgan at the annual Surrey Vaisakhi Parade on Saturday. Horgan and his party has Wayne Moriarty's vote right now. Jason Payne / PNG
I voted NDP once. It was a mistake. And I don’t mean it was an, “Oh, gosh, I shouldn’t have voted for them” mistake. It was an actual mistake.
It was four years ago in the B.C. provincial election. I was editor-in-chief of The Province at the time. Mere days before the vote, we published a front page that included a Mike Smyth column strongly denouncing the NDP platform. Columns rarely made the front page of The Province, but Mike wrote a ripper that I felt needed as much visibility and consideration as we could give it.
As well on that day, the editorial board of The Province wrote a full-page editorial endorsing Christy Clark and her Liberals.
These were opinions — the editorial and Mike’s exquisite column. Opinions are just that: opinions. These weren’t news stories. I strongly believe our reporting on the election — our news stories — were fair and balanced.
In the end, I don’t know what effect Mike’s column and The Province editorial had on the vote, but I suspect it had some.
I recall the day of that election (May 14, 2013) as being sunny and warm in the afternoon. I walked from my home to my designated voting station at Fairview Presbyterian Church. Along the way, I passed a number of election signs for NDP candidate George Heyman.
I’d met George once. He seemed like a nice enough fellow. But my intent was to vote for Liberal Margaret MacDiarmid.
When I got to the voting booth, I was preoccupied with some meaningless bit of meaninglessness, and accidentally exercised my franchise by slapping a big, fat ‘X’ beside the wrong name — beside George and the very party I was party to denouncing days earlier.
That was then.
This election I’m considering quite seriously voting for the NDP again — this time on purpose.
I have two reasons. They may be lesser reasons to others, but to me they’re paramount. The first is simply that I believe in political change. Parties that stay in power for a long, long time tend to get stale and messy. The second, and more important reason I’m considering a vote for the NDP, is the party’s position on matters of mental health and addiction.
Six days ago, NDP Leader John Horgan pledged to create a new government ministry to address mental-health and addiction issues. I’m historically a “small-government” guy — something of a libertarian in this regard. So proposals of “new ministries” tend to repel my vote rather than attract it. But on the matter of a mental-health and addiction ministry, I’m listening.
What we have today in communities throughout B.C. is mental-health and addiction crises, with the two of them, I suspect, mostly overlapping.
“After years of B.C. Liberal neglect, we will improve B.C.’s mental-health system by increasing access and investing in early prevention and intervention. People need to know they only have to ask for help once to get help fast.”
This is what Horgan said in a news release Monday. I support this with every endorphin in my body.
The Liberal party, of course, has its own election 2017 strategy for dealing with mental health and addictions, but this is a party that has been in power since 2001, and, by no measure, is the situation better today than it was then. Can anything this party says on this file be taken seriously?
It’s talk. It’s air. I wish it was more. But it isn’t.
And, yes, the NDP pledges in support of mental health and addictions may well, in the end, be nothing more than talk, too. But I believe the party deserves the chance to try to fix this mess.
There’s still some time to go, but right now, they have my vote. Unless, of course, I arrive at the polling station, again, lost in reverie. In that case, my precious ‘X’ is up for grabs.
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Julie Ali ·
The mental health system in Alberta is disrupted and in crisis. It was this way under the PCs and is still this way under the NDP folks.
The only good thing we did as voters in the last provincial election was to end 44 years of PC incompetence and indifference with the broom of the NDP folks.
I strongly encourage all BC voters to use the same NDP broom to dump the Liberals. Once a party thinks it is a dynasty as the PCs did in Alberta we get very little done in government other than the cover your butt business and spin that has characterized the GOA for decades.
While the NDP haven't changed anything in the GOA they have removed the PCs from power.
The PCs won't be back.
The NDP will be voted out.
The Wildrose will win the next provincial election.
I believe the only way to get any sort of productivity in government is to change the political party every single election.
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John Smith
The last 16 years!! A nightmare!! Do you remember?? [modified to meet 5000 character limit]

I remember under CC, THOUSANDS of BC Families without a Family doctor.

the Liberal platform, “every British Columbian who wants a family doctor is able to access one by 2015.

I remember under CC 30,000 forestry jobs lost.

under CC she FAILED HER 2013 Promise to create 100,000 LNG jobs...See More
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Phil Gardner
MANY VOTERS WILL VOTE for John Horgan and his NDP this May...

MOST THINKING PEOPLE in BC now realize that THEY WERE FOOLED and CONNED BY CHRISTY in the last election.
Christy Clark doesn't know how to govern and CLARK CAN NOT BE TRUSTED...

IF YOU ARE PAYING ATTENTION to the MANY SERIOUS ISSUES that John Horgan wants to solve and what John has suggested
YOU TOO WILL VOTE for the NDP this May.

IT IS TIME for a CHANGE OF GOVERNMENT...
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Claudy Rosa
The press in BC is truly pathetic and bought and paid for and are just a guilty for the degradation of our lives in this province because of it.

Tell me oh running scared press man, who ELSE could a sane moral rational BC voter vote for???! more of this garbage? torn up contracts, RCMP investigation and SCC challenges and all!

NDP or green...period
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Christine Schattenkirk
Sadly, the reason mental health and addiction issues "mostly overlap" is because there are literally and figuratively no services available in this province for mentally ill youth or adults without addiction problems. In this province, if you don't have a needle in your arm or a spoon up your nose, there is nothing available if you have any kind of mental or emotional disorder unless you are willing to make a very serious attempt on your life. Unfortunately, I


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