Jody is a former crown prosecutor, treaty commissioner and BCAFN regional chief. She has ten years of experience as an elected official, serving the needs of the many people she has represented. She has a strong reputation as a bridge builder between communities, and a champion of good governance and accountability.
She is passionate about Canada’s diversity. At the root of her passion is the notion that Canada has a shared culture that took years to foster, which the Harper Government has put at risk. The government has made critical changes; it has shifted from evidence-based policy to ideologically-driven decisions. This, she believes, has transformed Canada into a place that no longer helps its citizens move forward on equal footing, but instead promotes the needs of a select few.
Jody believes that strong leadership governs with future generations in mind. She intends to champion environmental issues; emphasizing the need to combat climate change, and balance environmental protection with the economy. Canada won the Colossal Fossil Award for years, being internationally accused of doing the most damage to climate talks for five consecutive years. She advocates we need to work with our partners to address climate change, internationally; and develop stronger environmental review assessment processes, domestically. She supports the Liberal Party’s commitments to advance the green energy and clean tech sectors.
She will advocate for health care. She believes we need a renewed commitment to national health care; that a strong health care strategy relies on meaningful relationships between various levels of government. She will advocate for a national pharmacare program. Finally, she believes that our health care system will move forward with a renewed commitment to science and research.
She is a strong member of Team Trudeau. She believes that we need real leadership to rebuild our great country. She stands strongly behind the Liberal Party’s commitments in B.C. We need to create livable and affordable cities, and examine the prohibitive costs of single-family homes: we need a multi-party national housing strategy to address this. We must invest in education. We need to determine how to diversify Canada’s economy while protecting the environment. And we must focus on generating more jobs in a range of sectors across the province.