ART LOWE FOR VICTORIA-BEACON HILL
Art was born and raised in Victoria, James Bay.
Art is a property manager, accomplished trades and building maintenance. Working with people, diplomacy and problem solving are skills that Art has. Art is well-known for his community involvement in Victoria.
Issues affecting people with disabilities in BC
Libertarians are very concerned about poverty. Firstly, let's be clear that despite some political mud-slinging, the Libertarian Party does not intend to reduce anyone's benefits.
The primary cause of poverty is an overall weak economy that traps people who might otherwise be able to improve their situation without any need for government dependency. A major cause of weak economy is unnecessary government intervention, excessive taxation, and minimum wage legislation. Address these first, so that those who can help themselves will do so.
In situations of disability and dire necessity, government assistance is warranted and should be sufficient to maintain a reasonable standard of living. A healthier economy will help towards that. Furthermore, a Libertarian government is prepared to commit a significant proportion of all resource royalties to disability allowance. Our plan to restrict government to its proper role in society will result in massively lower overhead costs for government services, and significantly more funding available for assistance, aids, education, and whatever else is required.
In order to safeguard this funding from appropriation by government, we would support and direct those royalties to non-profits and cooperatives who know and work with people. Bureaucrats weighed down with rules and regulations are not the best people to do this work, and we all know that.
Government cannot "create jobs" except by first taxing other jobs out of existence. Smoke and mirrors will not work. However, with lower taxes, freer markets, fewer unreasonable restrictions, and no carbon tax... British Columbians can and will create the dynamic economy required to generate sufficient wealth to care for all those in need - and give a hand up to all those trying to escape poverty.
Political promises to "create jobs" or "make life affordable" sound good, but it simply is not true because it cannot be done. No government can do that.... but together as citizens, we can. Political promises are easy to make at election time, but they never deliver because there is always some "unforeseen problem" discovered after the election... and we all know this. However, Libertarians have a comprehensive plan that will deliver.
Thank you, and I would be proud to serve as your MLA, holding government accountable to you, with honesty, ethics and principles.