YPP is in support of any electoral system that increases proportional representation in the BC electoral voting system, decreases the influence of political parties, and increases the ability of independent candidates to be elected.
YPP also supports allowing municipalities to change their voting systems to create greater proportionality in municipal politics.
Make the budget completely public down to the last tax dollar so that every taxpayer can see exactly where every dollar is being spent.
Require all lower levels of government to make their budgets, all of their contracts and all of their statistics public. This will include municipal governments, Metro Vancouver, Translink, all crown corporations including ICBC and BC Hydro, and all Independent First Nation Governments operating in BC
YPP supports the reinstatement of a government body in BC tasked with proactively advancing human rights. BC is currently the only province in Canada without a Human Right Commission. BC's current Human Rights Tribunal is not mandated to proactively work to increase adherence to BC's human rights legislation. A Human Rights Commission would be specifically mandated to investigate reported abuses, as well as unofficial reports, and to proactively promote human rights throughout the province.
The YPP believes that the cost and availability of homes in BC is directly affected by government regulation.
The YPP will Remove BC income tax from rental income to encourage people to create rental properties, remove the property transfer tax that consistently drives up the price of a home every time it transfers ownership, remove restrictions on secondary suites and minimum home sizes so that higher density homes can be available at a lower cost, and work with developers to ensure that big box retail and large industrial developments also include high density residential.
Homelessness is one of the biggest issues plaguing British Columbia. Coupled with our Affordable Housing plan, we would also create crisis housing loans for those at risk of becoming homeless and increase access to temporary housing for those who are already homeless.
The YPP will work towards creating a more sustainable transportation network in the lower mainland by creating a greater transit system, allow Zero Emission Vehicles to use HOV lanes, invest in rapid transit in the Capital Region, look into ways to expand passenger rail service around the province, and provide free public transportation in BC.
YPP wants to ensure they are being properly prepared for their future. This includes ensuring schools teach life skills and not just prepare children for university.
The YPP will encourage the education system to focus on teaching children: how to access and verify information online, how to use deductive reasoning, learn computer programming, learn a foreign language. and learn everyday life skills like personal finance and healthy eating.
The YPP will also have students to provide opportunities for children to take more field trips and participate in extra-curricular activities like swimming lessons and embrace technology to improve the educational experience for Children
All British Columbians benefit from an educated population. Generally educated citizens pay more in tax, are healthier, cause less crime and elect better governments. For BC to stay competitive in the Global Economy, we need a well educated workforce.
The YPP will provide forgivable loans to students if they work in BC for a set length of time upon completion of their degree, allow students the option of borrowing any amount up to the maximum loan amount if they would like to avoid borrowing the whole amount, work with educational institutes to provide affordable childcare on campus, allow for a better work and school mix for part time students, and work with different occupational certification organizations to help recognize the training which foreign workers arrive with where there are shortages of workers in a certain industry.
The current methods of providing healthcare are not working. Many British Columbians do not have a personal doctor.
To reduce healthcare costs and improve service, the YPP will have nurse practitioners as the front line in health care. These highly trained professionals can meet the needs of 90% of health care patients while reducing costs and ensuring people who need to see a doctor have access to one.
The YPP will also support access to non-fee contraceptives and sexual health services to all British Columbians, make access to a Family Nurse Practitioner for British Columbians a priority, shift the focus of the healthcare system towards prevention by encouraging healthy lifestyles and choices, have electronic heath records created for those who want one, and remove all restrictions on the number of health care professionals that are allowed to be trained in BC each year.
With organ donations, the YPP will make British Columbia's system an â€˜Opt-outâ€™ system instead of an â€˜Opt-inâ€™ system.
All legislation and government actions need to be economically, environmentally and socially sustainable in order to ensure they are cost effective, will not degrade the environment and will encourage behaviours that promote a healthy society.
The YPP will require all products sold in BC to have an environmental letter grade rating, invest in long term sustainable energy production to ensure BC has a long term supply of cheap, renewable, and responsible energy with a minimum environmental impact, enact legislation for protecting endangered species in BC, work with the federal government to set aside portions of the BC coast as Marine Protected areas, & redirect the funds collected by the pacific carbon trust into supporting local programs which have more measurable positive impacts on the environment.
The YPP is also against the development of Jumbo Glacier Ski Resort in the Regional District of East Kootenay.
The YPP will ensure all elderly people receive adequate car, focus on home-based care in order to keep costs down and allow seniors to be as independent as possible, encourage the development of small group care facilities where seniors can live together helping each other lead a fulfilling life and provide provincial tax incentives for families who care for their parents.