2017 Provincial Election – Candidate Responses
With the provincial election closing tomorrow, it’s not too late to reach out and speak to the candidates in your communities so you can make informed decisions based on the facts and the best choice for you, and your families.
I continue to encourage all members to make sure they place their vote on May 9th.
We contacted each of the 369 B.C. electoral candidates, and requested feedback on the following questions, for which the Ambulance Paramedics and Emergency Dispatchers of BC are advocating change:
- If your party forms government, will you commit, to the Ambulance Paramedics and Emergency Dispatchers of BC, the creation of a sixth separate, stand-alone bargaining unit?
- If your party forms government, will you commit that you will make an investment in rural community pre-hospital medical care by converting all standby paramedic shifts to paid positions?
- If your party forms government, will you commit to improve mental health support for BC Paramedics and Dispatchers?
Response from B.C. New Democrats (NDP)
- The B.C. New Democrats (NDP) party have committed verbally to moving the Ambulance Paramedics out of the FBA bargaining unit and giving us a stand-alone bargaining unit.
- The BC NDP has long championed the rural community paramedic model, and we intend to invest and implement it across BC if we form government. This will involve fully utilizing paramedics currently working in rural areas, which in turn will stabilize staffing and improve both response times and health care delivery in smaller and remote communities across BC.
- The New Democrats have tabled legislation that recognizes PTSD as a presumed workplace injury. We are also committing increased mental health supports for emergency responders. Such support is critical to protecting paramedics from mental health injury, especially in the wake of the overdose epidemic.
Attached are the responses we received from/on behalf of the electoral candidates:
Michelle Stilwell, BC Liberal Party – Parksville-Qualicum
We also met and had discussions with a number of candidates from various parties and reiterated our core issues.
Again, we encourage you to place your vote, and be heard.
Ambulance Paramedics and Emergency Dispatchers of BC
CUPE Local 873
Cc: Provincial Executive Committee
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