A BC Liberal Leadership candidate says the party is trying to re-establish what really matters to British Columbians in areas like the East Kootenay.
Todd Stone spoke in Cranbrook Tuesday about the party’s failure to address the needs of rural residents ahead of May’s provincial election.
Stone, who is the former Transportation and Infrastructure Minister, says essential services have to be available in the East Kootenay and across the province.
“Lets invest more in seniors care, recognizing these are the people who built our communities. Lets invest more in childcare and early childhood development. These are our kids, we want to set them up for success in their lives,” Stone says. “Lets put a really good mental health strategy together. Lets take our transportation investments to the next level and make sure that those investments that need to happen to move people safely around the province are really happening.”
Stone says its important to invest in needed services in every corner of the province.
“There’s a doctors shortage here in the East Kootenay. There’s a lack of seats at the college here in different programs. There are pressures on accessing childcare here in Cranbrook, just as there are in any larger urban centre,” Stone says. “So ensuring that we are investing in the services that people need and healthcare and education needs to be a priority here in Cranbrook as it is in the Lower Mainland.”
Stone is one of six people looking to replace Christy Clark and the third to visit Cranbrook this campaign.
The Liberals lost their majority in the Spring vote and eventually were pushed out of government by a NDP-Green alliance.
– BC Liberal Leadership Candidate, Todd Stone