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Harwinder Sandhu

Harwinder Sandhu

BC NDP candidate for Vernon-Monashee
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Healthcare

COVID-19 Vaccine

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
When they are approved and available, anyone who wants the vaccine will receive it for free.

Vaccinations

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
Invest in 2 million doses of flu vaccines.

Care homes & assisted living

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
Hire 7,000 new workers for long-term care and assisted living; Restore standards for wages, benefits, and working conditions; Build more public care homes; Require transparency from private operators; Launch a Silver Alert system to help locate missing seniors.

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Homecare

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
Invest in a new Hospital at Home programme; Expand publicly funded home care to provide better care and help with daily living.

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Wait-times

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
Optimize surgical and diagnostic space; Add four more MRI machines in the next year; Provide the hospital needed staff to perform more surgeries and other procedures.

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Healthcare staffing

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
Launch a second medical school to expand health care workforce; Create a comprehensive health care human resources strategy including credential recognition.

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Cancer

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
Commit that all cancer care patients get information and care when they need it, including in rural communities; Provide more individualized care; Invest in new equipment, systems, and procedures; Expand enhanced research and diagnostic capabilities.

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Prescription drugs

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
Fight for a national pharmacare programme; Make prescription contraception free.

Contraception

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
Make contraception free for all.

Jobs, the Economy, and Affordability

Financial assistance

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
Give families with a household income under $125,000 annually a one-time direct deposit of $1,000; Give single people earning less than $62,000 annually a one-time direct deposit of $500.

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Car insurance

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
Move ICBC to a new enhanced care model to reduce premiums by an average of 20% while increasing care available for people who are seriously injured in accidents; Provide COVID-19 premium rebates to BC drivers from any surplus ICBC delivers during the pandemic.

Food security

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
Increase support of food banks and develop partnerships with grocery stores and not-for-profits to develop discounted food market, food recovery, and redistribution programmes.

Infrastructure investment

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
Invest an additional 1% of GDP — approx $3B/year — to build new schools, hospitals, child care spaces, roads, transit, and more, creating an expected 18,000 new jobs each year.

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Film and TV production

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
Re-establish the government-film sector task force to recommend the size and term of a new visual effects tax credit based on production costs.

Tourism

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
Act on ideas from the Tourism Task Force when they come out.

Restauraunts & hospitality

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
Permanently authorize the expansion of service areas, such as patios; Permanently allow retauraunts and pubs to purchase beer, wine, and spirits at wholesale cost instead of liquor store retail prices; Permanently allow liquor delivery with takeout.

Small businesses

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
Expand the RevUp programme to connect small business owners with mentors; Expand BC's Export Navigator programme to help local businesses find and access new global markets.

Tech & Innovation

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
Make targeted investments in high-potential, innovative businesses based in BC; Introduce a First Patent Program to provide eligible businesses with a rebate on expenses that lead to obtaining their first patent; Create 2,000 new tech-relevant spaces in public post-secondary.

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Agriculture

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
Create a Regenerative Agricultural Network to make farming sustainable and create agricultural jobs; Expand the Grow, Feed and Buy BC programmes with new worker training, land acquisition supports, and new processing hubs.

Wages

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
Tie the minimum wage to inflation.

Employment standards

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
Develop employment standards targeted to precarious and gig economy workers; Strengthen employment rights with employment standards inspections and by hiring more case workers to help resolve employment standards complaints.

Precarious & gig workers

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
Develop a precarious work and gig worker economy strategy focused on employment standards & union rights; Develop a government-backed collective benefit fund for independent contractors, self-employed, & part-time workers; Expand access to a voluntary pooled-capital pension plan.

Workplace safety

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
Increase workplace safety inspections.

Housing & Homelessness

Housing affordability

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
Continue work to provide 114,000 new, affordable housing units; Provide remaining portion of 1,750 new homes for Indigenous people on- and off-reserve; Provide more low-interest loans and expand the Housing Hub.

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Homelessness

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
Build 2,200 more units of supportive housing; Provide rent supplements for residents of supportive housing who are ready to move on to independent living.

Rent and evictions

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
Freeze rents to the end of 2021 and capping increases after that; Provide a renter's rebate of $400/year for households earning up to $80,000 annually that are not already receiving other rental support.

Stratas

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
Control the rising cost of strata insurance; If rates have not corrected by the end of 2021, we will develop a public strata insurance option, similar to Saskatchewan.

Climate Change & the Environment

Electric vehicles

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
Provide a new income-tested incentive on new and used zero-emission vehicles; Increase public vehicle charging availability with incentives and "right-to-charge" legislation for stratas and apartment buildings.

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Plastic waste

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
Ban single-use plastics.

Conservation

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
Work with adjacent jurisdictions to protect shared wildlife and habitat corridors; Implement recommendations of the Old Growth Strategic Review to protect further old-growth stands; Develop a new coastal strategy.

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Emissions

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
Pass legislation requiring BC to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, either through no emissions or through carbon offsets; Invest in made-in-BC carbon capture technology; Empower local governments to set their own carbon pollution performance standards for new buildings.

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Retrofits

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
Spur energy-efficiency upgrades with programmes and incentives for both residential and commercial buildings, including allowing homeowners to take out loans for efficiency upgrades and pay them back overtime through property taxes.

BC Parks

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
Expand popular provincial parks with new campgrounds, trails, and protected areas while increasing funding to improve infrastructure and protect park ecosystems.

Electric bikes

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
Remove PST on e-bikes.

Water

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
Create a watershed security strategy to protect local watersheds.

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Education

Schools and COVID

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
Install new ventilation systems, plexiglass barriers in key areas, and comprehensive cleaning stations; Ensure more hours of cleaning in all schools; Fast-track improvements to online and remote learning.

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School infrastructure

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
Expand the Playground Fund to more schools; Invest in school infrastructure focusing on meeting seismic requirements and climate change and energy efficiency standards.

Post-secondary

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
Conduct a funding review of post-secondary education operating grants to make sure post-secondary institutions are aligned for economic recovery and student success.

School tuition

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
Strengthen existing Tuition Fee Limit Policy to make sure institutions don't increase fees beyond prescribed limits; Expand tuition waivers to all former youth in care, regardless of age.

Meal programmes

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
Work with school districts to create local school meal programmes based on district data and priorities, focused on locally grown food.

Mental health and schools

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
Invest in mental health supports for students and staff.

Adult learning

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
Increase eligibility for the BC Access Grant.

Mental Health, Drugs, & Addiction

Safe supply

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
Explore new ways to help prescribers separate more people from the toxic drug supply through safe prescription alternatives.

Policing of drugs

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
Redirect police to focus on serious crime and crack down on distribution of toxic drugs.

Mental health support

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
Focus new mental health initiatives on kids and young adults; Develop Complex Care housing; Expand access to counselling.

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Decriminalization

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
Work with police chiefs to push federal government to decriminalize simple possession of small amounts of illicit drugs for personal use.

Work-related chronic pain

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
Work with WorkSafeBC to identify new ways of improving pain management practices for injured workers, and mandate WorkSafeBC to to provide treatment on demand to those with chronic pain as a result of workplace injuries.

Treatment

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
Build new treatment, recovery, detox and after-care facilities, including in Maple Ridge, with some beds specifically for British Columbians under age 24; Step up oversight of recovery homes and private treatment providers.

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Human Rights & Equality

Gender pay gap

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
Introduce new pay transparency legislation in an attempt to move towards equal pay for equal work.

Systemic discrimination

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
Work with BC's Human Rights Commissioner and stakeholders to introduce legislation to collect race-based data on policing, health care, and education.

Racism

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
Conduct a full review of anti-racism laws in other jurisdictions and launch a full stakeholder consultation leading to a new Anti-Racism Act.

Diversity in government

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
Support increased representation of Indigenous, Black, and people of colour within government, and set targets for representation in the public sector.

Accessibility

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
Work with people across the province to develop and bring in comprehensive accessibility legislation.

Gender-based violence

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
Develop an action plan to end gender-based violence, including minimum standards for sexual assault response; more training for police, crown council and justices; establishing core funding for sexual assault centres.

Period poverty

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
Create a multi-sector Period Poverty Task Force to develop a long-term response to period poverty.

Policing

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
Modernize the Police Act based on the recommendations of the Special Committee on Reforming the Police Act, prioritizing tackling systemic racism, creating a dedicated hate crime unit within local forces, and reviewing training and procedures for "wellness checks".

Immigration

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
Streamline foreign credential assessments processed by various regulatory bodies and health-related Colleges to make sure immigrants can access job opportunities in their field.

Transit & Transportation

BC Ferries

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
Improve BC Ferries service at peak time, allocate more space to reservations, allow walk-on reservations, and coordinate with BC Transit and TransLink to align scheduling and provide a more seamless passenger experience.

Transit fares

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
Make transit free for children aged 12 or under, province-wide.

Transit service

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
Expand transit options in the Fraser Valley and the Sea-to-Sky region; Add more service to the BC Bus North programme; Improve transit connections to Surrey and Langley with SkyTrain, rail, and rapid bus lines; Implement the South Island Transportation Strategy.

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Infrastructure

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
Widen Highway 1 through the Fraser Valley by 2026.

Emissions

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
Move towards a net-zero emission bus fleet powered by electrification, hydrogen fuel, cell technologies, and other zero-emissions technologies.

Public Safety

Gang violence

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
Introduce legislation to improve information sharing for law enforcement agencies, regulate imitation firearms, strengthen regulation of shooting ranges, and close regulatory gaps.

Children, Childcare, & Youth in Care

Childcare

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
Protect childcare in law; Bring $10-a-day childcare to more families; Create more childcare spaces through a new childcare capital programme, exceeding target of 22,000 new spaces; Work towards universal access to before- and after-school care on school grounds; Train more ECEs.

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Early childhood development

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
Train more Early Childhood Educators; Enhance the Early Care and Learning Recruitment and Retention Strategy, including expanding the ECE wage enhancement programme.

Youth in care

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
Expand tuition waivers to all former youth in care, regardless of age.

Indigenous Issues

Self-determination

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
Move from short-term transactional arrangements with Indigenous peoples to long-term agreements that support reconciliation, self-determination, and economic independence.

Indigenous involvement

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
Partner with Indigenous peoples to work together on decisions on regional land and resource use allocation; Create a dedicated Secretariat to ensure new legislation and policies are consistent with UNDRIP.

Indigenous culture

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
Extend funding for key projects to preserve and respect Indigenous cultures, including the retention and revitalization of First Nations languages, putting additional languages into curriculum, & reflecting Indigenous history and culture in provincial parks and wilderness areas.

Connection to home communities

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
Expand support of Aboriginal Friendship Centres to connect urban Indigenous peoples to their home communities.

Resource Extraction & Export

Government support for workers

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
Establish a new Worker Training & Job Opportunity Office to maximize the impact of an Economic Recovery Plan for workers and communities, with a focus on retraining, supporting communities facing job loss, developing higher value goods, and accessing new global markets.

LNG

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
Continue the $40 billion LNG Canada project.

Mining

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
Create a Mining Innovation Hub to identify and support innovation, offer training for workers in new technologies, regulatory excellence, environmental management, and low-carbon approaches.

Forestry

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
Dedicate a specific portion of the annual allowable cut to higher value producers who create new jobs for workers in BC; Plant more trees.

Misc.

South Asian-Canadian museum

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
Build a South Asian-Canadian museum documenting the history, art, and contributions of South Asian people in BC.

Japanese internment

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
Provide lasting recognition of Japanese-Canadian internment during World War II in libraries, communities, and at the BC Legislature.

Arts & culture

Policy by the BC New Democratic Party
Expand new $2 million Arts Infrastructure Program to help communities build new cultural spaces and renovate existing ones.

Biography

submitted by the candidate or their team
Harwinder Sandhu is a wife & mother, and a registered nurse at Vernon Jubilee Hospital.

As part of John Horgan's team she would work to protect our province through COVID-19 and shape the way forward for all British Columbians will as the economy recovers."

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