Serving my community is much more to me more than a one-time commitment. It’s a lifetime of commitments, and the time and effort involved in serving my community is truly a privilege. I'm focused on understanding and delivering on the priorities of the people I serve.

Healthcare

Vaccinations

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Make the flu vaccine free for all British Columbians.

Care homes & assisted living

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Invest an additional $1 billion over 5 years in new long-term care facilities; Work towards private rooms for all seniors in long-term care who want them; Work with care home operators to address chronic worker shortages.

Homecare

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Implement a tax credit for seniors of up to $7,000/year for up to $20,0000 of homecare, housekeeping, and home repairs; Expand programmes to assist seniors and people with disabilities with home renos; Reinstate the Home Adaptions for Independence grant programme.

Wait-times

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Improve Ambulance Service response-times, especially in rural communities; Increase online booking of medical appointments; Improve public reporting of wait-times; Accelerate adoption of virtual medical consultations; Expand online prescription-renewals, optional home delivery.

Healthcare staffing

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Increase training spaces for doctors, nurses, and other health professionals; Expand opportunities for international graduates in health professions; Work to attract health professionals to under-serviced areas; Ensure all workers experience a violence-free workplace.

Prescription drugs

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Implement a provincial prescription drug monitoring programme to prevent addiction with early referrals and specialist care and treatment options.

Care homes and COVID-19

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Launch an independent review of the response to COVID-19 in long-term care and assisted living homes; Implement measures to allow family to safely visit seniors in long-term care, assisted, and independent living during COVID-19.

Pandemic response

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Establish an emergency Pandemic Response Committee to work with all parties and the Provincial Health Officer to manage the current and future pandemics.

Sexual assault

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Increase number of nurses in BC hospitals trained to conduct medical and forensic exams for sexual assaults.

Inclusiveness

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Work to eliminate systemic racism and unconscious bias across the healthcare system, and to ensure services equitable and accessible for all.

Health infrastructure

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Upgrade and expand emergency rooms, mental health beds, and primary care clinics; Complete new Surrey Hospital, new acute care tower for Richmond Hospital, Mills Memorial Hospital, and the Burnaby Hospital Redevelopment.

Jobs, the Economy, and Affordability

Financial assistance

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Eliminate the PST for one year, then set it to 3% after that.

Car insurance

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Open up the automobile insurance market to private insurance vendors; Give all new drivers credit for up to four years of driving experience when they demonstrate safe driving habits.

Infrastructure investment

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Invest an additional $8 billion in infrastructure improvements over 3 years.

Tourism

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Provide a loan guarantee programme for tourism and hospitality businesses; Implement an aggressive agenda to rebuild and expand BC's tourism sector; Develop and grow regional tourism hubs across BC.

Restauraunts & hospitality

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Cap online food delivery charges at 15%; Provide a loan guarantee programme for tourism and hospitality businesses; Allow liquor delivery with takeout; Wholesale pricing from any liquor store; Streamline approval of patio and outdoor dining.

Small businesses

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Eliminate the 2% small business income tax; Implement a short-term commercial-rent relief plan that flows relief directly to tenants and supports small businesses unable to access current relief programmes; Provide support for PPE from WorkSafeBC surpluses

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Tech & Innovation

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Expand measures to increase access to capital and investment for the tech sector and new start-ups; Ensure a competitive business environment.

Agriculture

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Implement a Trespass Act to protect farmers' properties; Implement reforms to the Agricultural Land Commission to allow farming and ranching families to earn supplemental income on their farms and lease secondary residences; Ensure access to water for crops and livestock.

Single parent employment

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Expand the provincial Single Parent Employment Initiative to train and support single parents as they seek employment.

Trucking

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Undertake a commercial trucking review, including truck parking capacity and brokerage, to keep trucking industry operating safely and efficiently.

Housing & Homelessness

Housing affordability

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Establish an incentive fund for municipalities with policies that increase the construction and supply of new housing; Implement tax and permitting changes to boost housing supply; Review current property tax structure to incent affordable housing and prevent speculation.

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Homelessness

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Invest in getting homeless British Columbians a home and connecting them with the health and social service supports they need.

Housing speculation

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Change the real-estate speculation tax to a condo-flipping capital gains tax; Implement higher property-taxes for non-residents of Canada.

Rent and evictions

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Implement a short-term commercial-rent relief plan that flows relief directly to tenants and supports small businesses unable to access current relief programmes.

Stratas

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Encouraging and facilitate self-insurance models for stratas; Eliminate the practice of "best-terms" pricing; Reducing statutorily-required insurance for strata properties from full replacement value to a level in line with actual claims cost history.

Education

Schools and COVID

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Implement a province-wide framework for hybrid and online learning options; Promote distance learning programmes; Restore $12 million of funding for Independent Distributed Learning programmes.

School infrastructure

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Upgrade K-12 facilities and ensure they are properly equipped.

New schools

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Build new schools throughout the province, and expand new school construction in areas with rapid population growth.

School tuition

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Adopt the disclosure-requirements of the UK Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills, to ensure all BC students know, before they register, the total costs of a programme, the graduation rate, and employment rate.

Mental health and schools

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Increase mental health supports in public secondary schools, such as registered psychiatric nurses.

Special learning needs

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Increase supports and earlier assessments for identifying learning needs; Provide school instruction that meets diverse learning needs.

Adult learning

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Create a Work Experience for Students programme with the federal govt.; Streamline registrations and credentialing for apprenticeship training; Bring trades competency into the K-12 system; Have secondary school trades programme begin credentialling earlier.

Climate Change & the Environment

Electric vehicles

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Ensure charging stations are widely available.

Plastic waste

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Implement a programme to engage the public on reducing plastic and Syrofoam waste in oceans and waterways.

Conservation

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Ensure no net loss of wetlands in BC; Take more aggressive control of invasive species; Ensure ongoing restoration of wildlife populations; Accelerate reforestation programmes; Appoint a Minister for Fisheries and Coastlines.

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Emissions

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Support investments in renewable energy and technology solutions such as carbon capture; Ensure a comprehensive greenhouse gas strategy that reduces emissions while allowing resource development and Indigenous land use.

Retrofits

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Encourage retrofitting of homes and businesses; Improve the provincial building code to maximize energy-efficiency while avoiding one-size-fits-all costs.

Carbon tax

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Work with federal government to review scheduled increases in the Carbon Tax in light of the current economic recession.

BC Parks

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Double number of provincial park campsites in areas with growing demand; Improve safe parking & amenities in high-use day areas; Create a Work Experience for Students programme to provide work-experience opportunities for young people in provincial parks; Improve reservations.

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Mental Health, Drugs, & Addiction

Mental health support

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Expand Foundry Centres and Integrated Mobile Crisis Response Teams to respond to mental health-related emergency calls.

Treatment

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Increase addiction-treatment and recovery programmes; Clearly recognise that addiction is a medical disorder, and ensure a focus on public health and safety in the treatment of people suffering form addictions; Introduce a Safe Care Act to safely help young people into treatment.

Abstinence-based treatment

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Remove restrictions on government funding for abstinence-based treatment.

Human Rights & Equality

Gender pay gap

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Require companies with at least 50 employees to report the compensation paid to categories of male and female employees, via the Equal Pay Reporting Act.

Systemic discrimination

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Require every provincial employee to undertake cultural safety and humility training.

Racism

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Ensure all government services are free of racism and prejudice, and require all government offices to follow anti-racism policies.

Diversity in government

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Adopt and ensure diversity commitments for hiring in the public service and for government-appointed boards.

Accessibility

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Increase the supply of fully-accessible housing units for persons with disabilities in newly-built multi-unit residential buildings; Modernize the BC Building Code to address accessibility.

Gender-based violence

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Extend the Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy Act beyond public post-secondary institutions to all of government; Adopt Clare's Law, making violent criminal histories open to those at risk, esp. potential partners.

Policing

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Establish more Integrated Mobile Crisis Response Teams to respond to mental health calls; Require police services to adopt anti-racism & anti-discriminatory conduct policies; Establish standards to eliminate arbitrary racial-profiling; Increase use of non-armed police patrols.

Public Safety

Gang violence

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Aggressively crackdown on gangs; Prosecute people who transport illegal handguns in cars.

Public safety funding

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Increase funding for public safety by $58 million; Hire 40 additional full-time Crown prosecutors and additional support staff; Provide tools to the BC Prosecution Service to reduce delays and aggressively crackdown on crime.

Public safety personnel

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Fund the hiring of 200 additional police officers and 100 more psychiatric social workers/nurses.

Roadside panhandling

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Vigorously enforce ban on unsafe roadside panhandling.

Surrey Police transition

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Pause the transition in policing in Surrey and hold a referendum on whether to continue it.

Photo-radar

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Ban photo-radar for speeding in BC.

Transit & Transportation

BC Ferries

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Review ferry schedules with goal of hourly service on high-frequency routes.

Transit service

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Expand public transit options; Continue TransLink expansion in areas of population growth, including south of the Fraser, the Fraser Valley, and North Vancouver; Increase transit hours in the Interior, North, and Vancouver Island.

Infrastructure

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Widen the Trans-Canada highway in the Fraser Valley to six lanes all the way to Whatcom Road; Increase funding for road and bridge maintenance; Upgrade highway rest areas; Enforce open procurement on public infrastructure projects.

Massey Tunnel replacement

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Replace the Massey Tunnel with a 10-lane bridge with dedicated transit/HOV lane in each direction.

Children, Childcare, & Youth in Care

Childcare

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Provide $10-a-day childcare to families making up to $65,000 annually, and stepped rates of $20 or $30-a-day for families of incomes up to $125,000; Build 10,000 new childcare spaces across BC; Expand access to before-and-after school care in schools.

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Early childhood development

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Expand the Baby's Best Chance support programme for parents of newborns to support healthier outcomes for children; Increase supports and earlier assessments for identifying learning needs.

Youth in care

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Extend supports for foster children to age 25.

Indigenous Issues

Self-determination

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Work with Indigenous peoples to resolve issues of rights and title; Work to clearly define how UNDRIP relates to land use decisions; Work with Indigenous communities to identify gaps and update a resource management framework.

Indigenous culture

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Work with Indigenous peoples to provide interpretation and education services in parks and enhance cultural and environmental understanding.

Indigenous jobs & investment

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Provide financing mechanisms to enable First Nations to access affordable capital to co-invest in revenue-generating economic opportunities; Prioritize sector-specific job-training opportunities for Indigenous peoples.

Resource Extraction & Export

LNG

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Expedite Indigenous-lead LNG export projects through collaborative agreements with Indigenous groups; Work with Indigenous groups to establish accelerated review and approval processes.

Mining

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Implement a fully online digital regulatory system by 2025; Improve the process for mine development, permitting, inspection, and remediation, and cut permit-processing time in half; Pursue benefit sharing for small and rural communities.

Forestry

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Reinstate the Rural Dividend Fund; Implement a market-pricing stumpage system; Modernize forest management practices; Aggressively defend BC's interests in softwood lumber trade issues; Increase investments in silviculture; Support development of mass timber structural products.

Misc.

Platform

Policy by Norm Letnick
A full platform should be released soon.

Senior drivers' medical exams

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Make Driver Medical Examination Reports free for seniors.

Taxes

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Appoint an independent Fair Tax Commission to review all provincial taxes and suggest taxes for adjustment or elimination.

Elections

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Strengthen fixed election date legislation and ban early elections during provincial emergencies.

Family services

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Develop family counseling and law centres, modeled on Family Services Centres in Australia.

Foreign money

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Ban foreign money and influence in BC politics.

Blockades

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Ban the blockading of public roads, bridges, and railroads for peaceful protests.

Rural communities

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Establish a northern Premier's Office in Prince George; Significantly expand high-speed broadband and mobile coverage across BC in rural and remote communities, by leveraging governments purchasing power as part of the procurement of telecommunications services.

Arts & culture

Policy by the BC Liberal Party
Protect funding for arts and culture organizations forced to suspend operations as a result of COVID-19.

Biography

submitted by the candidate or their team
Norm has served the residents of Kelowna and Lake Country as MLA since 2009 and is the Official Opposition Critic for Health, Long-Term Care, and Seniors. Previously he served four years as BC's Minister of Agriculture.

Norm has been married to Helene for 39 years, they have three adult children living in Kelowna and two grandchildren. He is a former business leader, professor and Kelowna City Councillor, and has served as chair of BC’s Health Committee, president of a not-for-profit housing corporation focused on young families and Rotary Club.

During the pandemic Norm was widely recognized for his collaborative approach to fighting the pandemic to the mutual benefit of all British Columbians, keeping his constituents informed with the latest factual information through social media and virtual town halls, and leading by example with practical solutions to problems.

A product of blue collar upbringing Norm understands how hard it can be to make ends meet and raise a family. Always wanting to give back Norm has volunteered all his life including over a decade of serving the homeless at Kelowna's Inn from the Cold, The Kelowna Gospel Mission, and purchasing a fourplex for use by the Kelowna Welcome Inn Society as a transition home from addictions. He is the lead organizer for the Lake Country Terry Fox Run, a supporter of both the Kelowna and Lake Country Food Banks, and is a volunteer baby hugger at the Kelowna General Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Norm holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a Rhodes Scholarship Nomination; an MBA and achieved candidacy status for a PhD in Health Economics with UBC before joining cabinet.


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