My name is Steve Ranta.
I grew up in Maple Ridge, and
I care about our community, and our future.
We can’t afford to keep voting for Parties which offer mostly lip service, distraction, and symbolic gestures. We need to send the message that we want real change.
We need to do something!
Canada is facing a number of crises.
They were all predictable, yet for decades, the Parties did nothing.
It can no longer just be business as usual.
Send a message.
Our economy is still headed in the wrong direction
Canada’s top export is oil and natural gas. This is obviously unsustainable for the economy and the environment.
Yet all the major parties are promoting increases. In B.C., the only place where the NDP is in power, they are spending billions subsidizing LNG megaprojects, Site C, and fracking. The methane emissions from these projects alone would nullify all efforts, expense, and sacrifices by British Columbians to reduce GHGs.
Canada is woefully behind in Tech Training and R&D
Canada spends less on technical training and research than any other advanced country. That hurts business, and the talents and energy of many young Canadians are being wasted in low paying jobs, with bad working conditions, and no opportunity for advancement.
Sky-high Land costs are hurting new businesses, farmers, and people looking for a home
Instead of discouraging land speculation by corporations, foreign investors, and billionaires, our federal governments have steadily promoted it.
This has hurt Canadians seeking affordable housing, and raises costs for small business, new start-ups, and agriculture.
Our transportation system is obsolete
We’re still stuck in the middle of 1950s car culture. It’s inefficient, wastes space and time, and it’s destroying the planet.
We need up-to-date alternatives like rapid transit, commuter rail, and electric micro-mobility.
We also need to start planning liveable communities where more jobs and services are within easy walking or bicycling distance of affordable housing.
Our food security and forests are threatened by climate change
Our forests have become net emitters of GHGs. Forest fires emit more CO2 than all other sources in B.C. combined and the particulate matter hurts the health of the vulnerable immediately, and in the long run, all of us.
Heat and drought are becoming more frequent, severely affecting Canadian food crops.
The U.S., where we currently get much of our food from, is already facing even worse problems, and can’t be counted on to supply our food needs in the future.
Our public health care system is crumbling
Delays and inadequate care, nurse and doctor shortages, high costs, many services not covered . . . . We’re a long way from the comprehensive and accessible system that was promised more than half a century ago. Canada used to be a world leader in medical research, and now we can’t even make our own vaccines.
Inequality in Canada is steadily getting worse.
Per capita, Canada has more people sitting on wealth of $10 million or more than even the United States. Even though our average income is only three-quarters that of the U.S.
As this capital continues to accumulate at the top, business investment has steadily declined, while speculative bubbles in real estate and the stock market, and the hiding of income overseas have been steadily increasing. Meanwhile, Canada’s real economy stagnates, relying largely on unsustainable fossil fuel production and real estate inflation to hide its fundamental flaws.
It doesn’t have to be this way.
Canada is facing severe challenges.
“We can’t afford to keep voting for Parties which offer mostly lip service, distraction, and symbolic gestures. We need to send the message that we want real change.”
I grew up in Maple Ridge, and I’ve lived most of my life here. The majority of my working life I was a teacher, including as a full-tme grievance officer, and as a part-time musician. But I’ve also worked in the mill, in construction, in a tree nursery, as a lifeguard, and as a labourer.
I lived through some very good times – affordable housing and education, decent wages, accessible healthcare, and clear skies.
Since I retired I have become more concerned about the world we will be leaving to our young people, including my two sons, who are in their late twenties.
I’ve been active lately in engaging with others, including elected officials and city planners, about planning, housing, and transportation, with a special emphasis on Climate Change.
How to meet the Challenges – with Real Solutions
Point our Economy in the Right Direction
- Stop the construction of all long-term fossil fuel projects, including LNG Canada, Site C, associated fracking, and pipelines.
- End fossil fuel subsidies.
- End trade agreements which allow corporations to sue governments for potential lost profits.
- Increase investment in Research and Development to the levels in the U.S., Japan, Germany, Taiwan, and South Korea.
- Train young people to meet the needs of a new, greener, and more productive economy.
- Institute real measures to reverse worsening inequality, such as a significant inheritance tax on the rich, and a 7% annual wealth tax on fortunes over $10 million.
- Ban foreign ownership of real estate.
- Tax income from real estate speculation at levels higher than the income tax on working people.
- Increase the corporate tax rate from the current historic low of 15%, and raise it back up to 29%, with tax incentives for technological innovation and GHG reductions.
- Develop national strategies to deal with the emerging needs of agriculture, forestry, transportation, health care, and high-tech, sustainable industries.
Work to ensure a Liveable Future for all Canadians
- Expand the Public Health Care system to include pharmaceuticals, dental, vision, transportation, mental health, and long-term care.
- Increase the number of Canadians trained as healthcare professionals, and improve their working conditions.
- Provide a full-range of options for transportation, including commuter rail, rapid transit, frequent buses, bicycling, walking, and electric scooters, bicycles, and microcars.
- Give office workers the right to choose to work from home.
- Make post-secondary education, including residence and meals, free, while building adequate numbers of residence spaces for Canadian students.
- Raise the minimum wage to $20 an hour.
- Use interest-free loans from the Bank of Canada to build infrastructure and low-cost housing that best fits the needs of regular Canadians and the environment, not just real estate speculators and private financiers.
Do Something Real.
Independent Candidate for Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge
604 463 7764
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