CHP-BC Leader Brings Provincial Budget Concerns to Government
Committee at Hearings in Smithers
Rod Taylor, Telkwa, BC - "On Wednesday, October 9, 2013, I had the opportunity, along
with others from the Bulkley Valley to present suggestions and concerns to the BC Select Standing Committee on
Finance and Government Services who are receiving public input prior to the development of next year's provincial
budget. When I arrived at the hearings in Smithers at 8 Am, I was pleased to see that Mark Penninga, head of ARPA
was also presenting.
The proceedings were recorded and transcribed by the BC Legislature Hansard Services and both the
audio and a draft transcript are available on their website.
Mark was first to speak and his very astute and focused comments can be heard on the audio link from
about 5 minutes into the webcastm until about 15 minutes. My presentation starts at the 25-minute mark, and goes to
about 33 minutes.
A number of other submissions were also presented on a variety of topics.
The transcript of my remarks is also provided below. I've not checked the transcript for
Remarks made by Rod Taylor, Interim Leader of CHP-BC, to the BC Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government
"... I want to thank every member of the committee, the Hansard Services and the support staff that are
with you. It's great that you do come to the north, and I appreciate the opportunity to address these
I just yesterday morning basically got confirmation that I would be speaking today. It was short notice
for me, so I haven't covered all the topics that could be covered. I have not even touched on education. But I have
a few points that I would like to make to you.
I am the interim leader of the Christian Heritage Party of British Columbia. That's the capacity in which
I'm speaking. I also work serving as the deputy leader of the Christian Heritage Party of Canada.
The purpose of any budgetary process must be to design a balanced and workable budget. Over the past four
years B.C.'s provincial debt has ballooned from $26 billion to $39 billion. Based on current projections, B.C.'s
debt could reach $69 billion by March of 2016, putting every man, woman and child in B.C. in debt to the tune of
$15,000 per person. That's approaching the same level we are at federally. It should be a concern to all of us and
certainly will be an issue that our children and grandchildren will have to deal with.
Debt-servicing costs will top $2.5 billion this year, a budgetary cost only exceeded by the ministries of
Health and Education. We all know that that $2.5 billion could be put to much better use providing needed services
for British Columbians.
To break this cycle of government debt and deficit, government must reduce costs, live within its means
and within the means of the taxpayer, and must make concerted and disciplined efforts to pay down the
To this end, the B.C. government, in my opinion, should reduce the cost of government by trimming
departments, where possible, and lowering thresholds for salaries and benefits for all MLAs, government staff,
management of Crown corporations and all B.C. civil servants to bring them into line with those of the average
A recent poll of British Columbians conducted by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation found that 80 percent
of residents believe government wages and benefits should be brought into line with those in the private
Corporations such as B.C. Ferries and B.C. Hydro work for the taxpayer, not the other way around.
Executive compensation should be trimmed significantly and any perks or bonuses should be performance related.
Rising costs for hydro customers and ferry passengers are not the kind of performance that deserves a
B.C. could reduce health care costs by removing abortion, which cures no diseases and creates additional
health care problems, from the list of procedures covered by B.C. med. Abortion has been given the sacred cow
status by successive B.C. governments to the point where B.C. citizens cannot find out, even through
freedom-of-information requests, the numbers and types of abortion procedures conducted in the province, nor the
actual cost of such procedures, nor the medical complications resulting from them.
While private clinics providing real health care are discouraged by Canada's health care system, private
clinics where babies are killed operate in British Columbia at taxpayer expense with little or no requirement for
reporting or oversight.
Based on numbers from the abortion industry itself and government figures from previous years, we believe
about 15,000 surgical abortions take place in B.C. each year at an estimated cost of $20 million. The real numbers
may be much higher. Follow-up appointments to repair surgical damage and the very real social costs to mothers and
society in general, of course, are not included in those figures.
Fifteen thousand missing children each year means a loss of 500 classrooms and 500 teacher positions every
year. It means 15,000 fewer employees and taxpaying citizens entering the workforce. Certainly, it's both a moral
and a fiscal problem for British Columbia.
We believe B.C. should remove gender reassignment surgery and all elective surgeries from taxpayer-funded
procedures. We're all familiar with crowded hospitals and waiting lines for essential health care procedures. It
does not make sense for British Columbians to be paying for a procedure which is politically motivated,
questionable in its results and sometimes harmful.
The B.C. government should reduce or eliminate its dependence on lotteries as a source of revenues.
Lotteries and casinos have proven negative impact on families in British Columbia, and their harm far outweighs the
tempting benefits of so-called free money. No item of value whatsoever is produced by gambling. Existing pools of
resources that might have been used for the benefit of families are reduced, and unrealistic expectations of gain
are heightened. For the government to promote and benefit from gambling at the expense of the poor is
We also should eliminate carbon taxes, as this unnecessary burden on B.C. citizens does not solve the
environmental challenges faced by British Columbia but adds additional red tape and costs to our complicated lives.
Again, it is an approach designed to appease those who are truly concerned about the environment but has itself
created additional costly bureaucracy without appreciably reducing human impact.
Now I come to the good part. I would like to commend the B.C. government for its ongoing work on improving
B.C. highways. Making it easier and safer for British Columbians and visitors to travel within our province is a
benefit to families, to our provincial economy and for our ability to attract both business and tourism.
If I have any complaint about B.C.'s highways, it is sometimes in the north here a delayed response to
winter storms, allowing the buildup of snow and ice, especially on the weekends. Such conditions do create
additional safety hazards on northern roads, occasionally contributing to fatal or crippling accidents. When road
conditions deteriorate following a heavy snow, the application of salt and large-diameter gravel then produces
dangerous slush and frequent damage to windshields. An early and continuous response by snowplows and graders could
reduce slush, ice buildup and the need for heavy applications of salt and large gravel.
Since weather conditions vary from one year to the next, it is not possible to set absolute budgets
for winter road maintenance. Public safety must be the prime consideration. In terms of cost savings, the daily
tasks of winter road maintenance may be contracted out, but the actual responsibility for public safety cannot be
privatized. It rests with the ministry of highways and with the government.
Thank you very much for hearing these concerns. It's not a complete list but some items that are of prime
concern to us. We do wish you God's wisdom and guidance as you make the difficult decisions you make, budgetary and
otherwise, on behalf of all British Columbians. Thank you very much."
Taylor takes on role as Interim Leader of CHP-BC
Following the resignation of former CHP-BC Leader Wilf Hanni, Deputy Leader, Rod Taylor, has
accepted the responsibilities of leading the Christian Heritage Party of BC on an Interim
Mr. Hanni stepped down in June due to family health issues and business commitments. He
continues to be a strongly-supportive member of CHP-BC and intends to continue to assist the party
in policy development.
Rod Taylor resides in Telkwa, BC, with his wife, Elaine. They celebrate 39 years of marriage this year. They
have two children and four grandchildren. Mr. Taylor works full-time as the National Development Director for CHP
Canada, the federal counterpart to CHP-BC. He also serves the national party in the role of Deputy Leader to Mr.
Jim Hnatiuk, National Leader.
Working with CHP-BC’s President, Louis Kwantes, Mr. Taylor says the provincial party plans to hold a Leadership
Contest at its next AGM, in the Spring of 2014. This year’s AGM was held in Telkwa but next year’s will likely be
held in BC’s Lower Mainland.
Mr. Taylor was one of two candidates who ran for the party in the 2013 provincial election. The next four years
will be dedicated to growing party membership and further policy development. The party calls on all those who may
be interested in seeking the leadership of CHP-BC to step forward and submit their names so that the membership can
get to know them prior to the Leadership Contest in 2014.
CHP-BC makes history in the 2013 BC
Two Candidates—Rod Taylor and Donald A. Roberts—take the CHP-BC
message to voters in Northern BC
Representing the Christian Heritage Party for the first time in a provincial election, candidates
Rod Taylor in the Stikine constituency and Donald A. Roberts in Prince George-Valemount are taking the party’s
principled pro-life, pro-family values to the voters on May 14.
Hot on the heels of the Christian Heritage Party of BC’s first annual general meeting on April 6,
both candidates got to work getting signatures and filing papers to register their place on the ballot.
DONALD A. ROBERTS
Both Taylor and Roberts have run in the past, and are encouraged by the interest they have seen in
the party’s platform and their individual candidacies in this election.
To learn more about Rod Taylor or to assist with his campaign, visit:
www.rodtaylor.ca or call 250-877-8426
To learn more about Donald A. Roberts or to assist with his campaign, call him at:
A Great Success!
CHP-BC delegates made history on April 6th, 2013 when they
met at Telkwa, BC for an all-day meeting to review, amend and ratify both the Policies and the Constitution of the Christian Heritage
Party of British Columbia.
The delegates pushed through a rigorous agenda, and succeeded in completing - not only the work on
the core documents of CHP-BC - but also in electing the Executive for the year ahead.
- Wilf Hanni has been officially affirmed as the Leader
- Louis (Luke) Kwantes was elected President and Financial Agent
- Adam DeKroon was elected Secretary
- Rod Taylor was appointed Deputy Leader by Wilf Hanni
Because our Leader, Wilf Hanni, will be out of the province during part of the
election, Rod Taylor will also be the Acting Leader for the duration of
the 2013 campaign.
Mr. Taylor also announced his intention to represent CHP-BC in the Stikine Constituency in the upcoming
This will be the first time there has been a CHP candidate in a provincial campaign in Canada.
There are several other potential candidates in the wings; nominations are open until April 26 at 1:00pm. If
you, or someone you know, would like to represent CHP-BC in the 2013 Election, contact Rod Taylor at email@example.com
At the conclusion of the business meeting, the delegates enjoyed a superb catered dinner, and
were entertained by local musicians before hearing a powerful address by Denise Mountenay, author
of 'Forgiven' and founder of 'Canada Silent No More'.
Denise shared about her work with post-abortive women and the lobbying efforts she participates
in at the United Nations and around the world.
Not a member yet? You can join CHP-BC by clicking here. Your membership is a joint membership in CHP-BC (the
provincial wing) and CHP Canada (the federal wing).
Heritage Party of British Columbia
Our memorandum of agreement calls for all memberships to be dual, meaning that when a resident of British
Columbia joins the Christian Heritage Party, he or she automatically becomes a member of both the Federal
and Provincial Parties by paying a single membership fee, unless they choose not to belong to
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of the great team of dedicated individuals from right across this country who are fighting to restore and preserve
that great Canadian Heritage to the Federal level of government – the Christian Heritage Party of Canada.
With the ten-fold increase in our membership, we now have an army of volunteers that can work with us to help
build the Christian Heritage Party of British Columbia into a force to be reckoned with in BC
provincial politics. If you would like to join that army and help our great province of British Columbia to restore
and preserve the great Judea-Christian Heritage that all Canadians have shared since our Country was founded, you
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