Scott Elliott is running for the B.C. NDP in the provincial election. (File Photo)

Scott Elliott is running for the B.C. NDP in the provincial election. (File Photo)

B.C. VOTES 2020: Cariboo North candidate questionnaire – Scott Elliott, NDP

Cariboo North election candidates answer a series of questions leading up to the election

We asked Cariboo North election candidates the same five questions — plus one bonus question — leading up to the Oct. 24 election and gave them all the same word limit.

1. How would your provincial government approach a COVID-19 recovery moving forward?

British Columbia is recognized worldwide as having one of the best responses to the pandemic. John Horgan has shown great leadership in leading us through this first phase of the pandemic.

Now we need to keep B.C. moving forward with a recovery that works for everyone, not just those at the top. Our COVID-19 action plan keeps people safe and provides for more security for everyone. Our plan invests $8 billion in services and supports for people and includes direct deposits of up to $1,000 for 600,000 workers, along with property tax cuts and more. And when a COVID-19 vaccine is available, it will be free to everyone.

2. What will you do to improve road quality in Cariboo North?

The best way to bring the challenges forward concerning the roads in our area is to have an MLA that is aligned with the government and able to sit in on all of the important discussions. In 2005, the B.C. Liberals promised to twin Highway 97 from Prince George to Cache Creek. That project was never completed.

Premier Horgan announced a comprehensive infrastructure plan that will invest one per cent of the province’s GDP — roughly $3 billion per year — in infrastructure. That money will fund roads and bridges across the province, including Cariboo North, and the plan is more ambitious than the proposal the B.C. Liberals have made.

3. How should we tackle the overdose crisis?

The overdose crisis is a tragedy, and my heart goes out to all those who have lost loved ones.

The B.C. NDP government brought in the province’s first stand-alone ministry of mental health and addictions, in part because the overdose crisis was so pressing. It was getting results; overdose casualties — although even one is too many — were coming down prior to the pandemic. When the borders shut, the drug supply became even more toxic, and that resulted in more deaths. We know more work needs to be done.

We’ll bring in a made-in-B.C. response to the crisis and press the federal government to finally act on the advice of medical experts to decriminalize personal amounts of illicit drugs. We’ll be expanding the network of Foundry centres, adding nine more, and develop better options for chronic work-related pain.

4. What will resource extraction look like in Cariboo North over the next 10 years?

Working with the John Horgan NDP, our new Forestry Innovation Centre and Community Forest initiative will help this area greatly in this time of transition.

Under John Horgan and the B.C. NDP, we’re prioritizing value over volume. We’re going to make sure that while large companies still have access to enough fibre they need, a specific portion of the cut will be allotted to companies that demonstrate their ability to create a higher number of jobs. Mining is extremely important to our region as well, and this government is supportive of this sector being as profitable and environmentally responsible as possible

5. Why are you running for MLA of Cariboo North?

This region has benefited greatly under the John Horgan government, from investments in the hospital to the fact we have the first new school being built in Quesnel in decades. I want to be part of a B.C. NDP government that puts people first; Cariboo North deserves a representative from this region who can make sure our voice is always being heard in government.

Bonus Question: What question should we have asked you?

Why do you stand on a bridge waving to people every day?

I would like people to be more engaged. In the last election, well under 40 per cent of eligible voters actually took the time to do so. That’s appalling to me. Maybe if they see me standing in the rain day after day, they might want to take part in a process that some in the world have given their lives for.

READ MORE: B.C. VOTES 2020: Advance voting begins today in Quesnel

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

BC politicsBC Votes 2020

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

FILE — In this March 31, 2021 file photo, a nurse fills a syringe with a dose of the Johnson & Johnson’s one-dose COVID-19 vaccine at the Vaxmobile, at the Uniondale Hempstead Senior Center, in Uniondale, N.Y. The U.S. is recommending a “pause” in administration of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to investigate reports of potentially dangerous blood clots. In a joint statement Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration said it was investigating clots in six women in the days after vaccination, in combination with reduced platelet counts. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
72 new COVID-19 cases in Interior Health

This brings the total number of cases in the region to 9,666 since the pandemic began

A Northern Health vaccination clinic is set for the Wells Community Hall on Tuesday, April 20. (Photo submitted)
COVID-19 vaccination clinic coming to Wells

Vaccine to be available for anyone 18+

Restaurant patrons enjoy the weather on a patio in Vancouver, B.C., Monday, April 5, 2021. The province has restricted indoor dining at all restaurants in B.C. due to a spike in COVID-19 numbers. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C.’s COVID-19 indoor dining, drinking ban extending into May

Restaurant association says patio rules to be clarified

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

B.C. Premier John Horgan speaks at the B.C. legislature. (B.C. government)
Tougher COVID-19 restrictions in B.C., including travel, still ‘on the table’: Horgan

John Horgan says travel restrictions will be discussed Wednesday by the provincial cabinet

Protesters occupied a road leading to Fairy Creek Watershed near Port Renfrew. (Submitted photo)
B.C. First Nation says logging activist interference not welcome at Fairy Creek

Vancouver Island’s Pacheedaht concerned about increasing polarization over forestry activities

Flow Academy is not accepting membership applications from anybody who has received a dose of the vaccine, according to a password-protected membership application form. (Submitted image)
B.C. martial arts gym refusing patrons who have been vaccinated, wear masks

Interior Health has already issued a ticket to Flow Academy for non-compliance with public health orders

Guinevere, lovingly referred to by Jackee Sullivan and her family as Gwenny, is in need of a gynecological surgery. The family is raising money to help offset the cost of the procedure. (Jackee Sullivan/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Langley lizard’s owners raise funds for gynecological surgery

The young reptile is scheduled for operation on Tuesday

Facebook screenshot of the sea lion on Holberg Road. (Greg Clarke Facebook video)
VIDEO: Sea lion randomly spotted on remote B.C. logging road

Greg Clarke was driving home on the Holberg Road April 12, when he saw a large sea lion.

Defence counsel for the accused entered two not guilty pleas by phone to Grand Forks Provincial Court Tuesday, Jan. 12. File photo
B.C. seafood company owner fined $25K for eating receipt, obstructing DFO inspection

Richmond company Tenshi Seafood is facing $75,000 in fines as decided March 4 by a provincial court judge

B.C. Finance Minister Selina Robinson speaks in the B.C. legislature, March 2, 2021. (Hansard TV)
B.C. NDP ministers defend ‘air tax,’ latest COVID-19 business aid

Empty home tax doesn’t apply to businesses, but space above them

Most Read