Voter Q&A

This page lists my responses (light grey panel) to questions that I have received from voters (dark grey panel) in the course of the leadership campaign. I have altered the question slightly in a couple instances to protect the identity of the voter. The questions are sorted in chronological order with the most recent question at the top.


I was unable to attend the Skype Town Hall but I will do so today and mail my ballot shortly. I do have a question to which I would like your comments. There are over 100,00 manufactured homes on rented Mobile Home Park (MHP) land in British Columbia. Did you know that when MHP tenants are evicted for the purpose of park closure, redevelopment or eviction for cause, current tenancy legislation (Manufactured Home Park Tenancy Act\Regulations) allows ' the equivalent of one years rent' as compensation for the loss of their homes. Roughly, that equates to $4,000 – $5,000. Manufactured Homes, in most instances, are permanent structures. While there are many more issues I could raise within this legislation, I focus on this singular one because for most people home ownership represents their largest personal investment. Existing legislation is severely out dated and leaves thousands of B.C. residents at risk of losing their largest financial investment.

Please advise what your position is and what you would do to protect these extremely vulnerable British Columbia home owners ?

The way that you have structured you paragraph and posed your question suggests that you care deeply about this situation and would want a leader to step up and change the legislation so that it is gives mobile home park tenants more rights and protection against unwanted government intervention. If I had power, I would do exactly as you asked and give you a medal for standing up for a large number of BC citizens whose voices are not getting heard. However, I have no say on these matters and nor will the BC Conservative Party unless it focuses on getting the resources it needs to win the 2017 BC general election. Those resources include raising at least $11 to $12 million before election day (May 9, 2017) and recruiting a majority of the 85,000+ individuals that voted for a conservative candidate in the 2013 BC general election. Unless the BC Conservative Party deals with its resource problems, it will never see the light of day in the legislature and important issues like the one you raised in your email will likely go unresolved and may even get worse. Please go to my website, http://www.jaycross.ca, for more details on where I stand on resource gaps in the BC Conservative Party.


I am a relative newcomer to BC. I moved to Burnaby last September from the East coast (via Asia), and just a few weeks ago I moved into Langley. My wife and I want to make our home in the Lower Mainland. We love the area. But in the past year, I have become disillusioned with the way this province -- which frankly should be leading the country -- is being managed.

Christy Clark, who may well be a wonderful person, is a failure as a premier and steward of the province. On that, I am sure we all can agree. I want to help carry her and her cronies to the curb in May. I look forward to the opportunity.

There is no better time -- or opportunity -- for the party to revive and take its self off life support. According to the last poll I read, the Conservative party is at 15 percent. I was amazed, given that we do not have either a leader or an elected member. For months, I have been saying we are in good position to win five or 10 seats, and if the spark comes at the right time, maybe become the opposition or even form the government.

There is a lot of voter dissatisfaction, and voters are looking for a VIABLE OPTION. They are tired of subbing the Liberals for the NDP and vice versa. If we choose the right leader, we will position the party to at least win a handful of seats in May and create a springboard to form the government in the next election cycle.

But we need the right person leading the party.

That is why I am writing to all four leadership campaigns. I have sent a note to the party executive to request that a chat room be established on the party's website so members can have a frank and transparent discussion about the candidates and the leadership debate, which most have no doubt watched by now. I am asking for each leadership hopeful to support my request, and to write the executive asking that the chat room be set up.

To ensure it is fair and transparent, I would suggest that each member have to sign up to use it, and that each member have to log in each time with his/her actual name, not some nickname. That would also ensure that comments are civil.

I am not against the idea of a chatroom.

The opinion polls during the 2013 BC general election had little predictive validity.

I want the BC Conservatives to win the 2017 BC general election and I know how to make this happen. Aside from fundraising and increasing membership numbers, we conservatives need to…

Thanks for the reply. So far, this seems to be meeting resistance from the executive. Several members have been asking for this, but so far to no avail.

I hope we can get the chatroom established, so we can have a decent discussion before voting.

If the Party had money, your chatroom would have been implemented along time ago. Remember what has happened here and vote your conscience. Without a strong and stable fundraising program, chatrooms and other election technologies that could enhance the connection between conservative voters and candidates may never get realized.

In the meantime, I recommend that you think of other ways that you can meet your goals that may or may not require executive approval.

I would like to know if there is a way to manage real time communication in a chatroom that is potentially libelous. I am attaching a recent Supreme Court of BC decision involving slanderous remarks made at an all-candidates meeting during the 2013 BC general election. I expect that an online chatroom will have a similar real-time communication structure as an all-candidates meeting.

Download Supreme Court of BC decision

Interesting.


I will vote for any politician that has through understanding of the creature from Jekyll Island. Hint. Basel Accord 1974 Traitor Trudeau.

I appreciate cause and effect problems.

As a consequence of recommendations by the Basel Committee and misattributed public opinion that the economic effects of stagflation were caused by the Bank of Canada, the Pierre Trudeau Government stopped borrowing money from the Bank of Canada and instead started borrowing from private banks. As a result, Canada's federal debt increased significantly beginning in 1974. As of the day and time of this email, Canada's national debt is $629,984,398,725. Canada's national debt in 1974 was $19,232,412,329. In the last 42 years, Canada's national debt has increased 3,176 percent. The problem with this debt is that the Canadian Government has to draw on its revenues to pay off large interest payments that are accumulating every year. Paying off interest payments means there is less money available for spending on priorities like education, health care, and tax relief.

Can you propose a solution to this problem?

Sources:
http://prudentpress.com/finance/history-bank-of-canada
http://www.debtclock.ca
https://www.fraserinstitute.org/sites/default/files/cost-of-government-debt-in-canada-2016.pdf

I cannot support the conservative party. I do support conservative fiscal policy, and the only path to a conservative Government is working through the current Liberal party.

Observing how this can be accomplished, just look south of the border.

The only time the NDP win in BC is when the right spits and I will not take that risk

I looked at the voting data for the 2013 BC general election. I found 16 ridings where BC Conservatives, Liberals, and NDP candidates all ran together and the NDP candidate won. I could find only one riding (Skeena) where the results would have led to a Liberal candidate winning if all Conservative voters switched their vote to that Liberal candidate. I think it is important to note that in the 16 ridings where the Conservatives ran and the NDP won, the NDP outspent the Conservatives, Liberals, and all other competing Parties.

The BC Liberals will lose power one day. Dominant Parties in BC turn over on average once every 11 years. The BC Liberals will have been in power for 16 consecutive years on the day of the 2017 BC general election. With respect to length of time in power, the Liberals rank second behind the Social Credit Party, a political party that controlled the BC Legislature at one point for 20 years back-to-back.

I have a plan for winning the 2017 BC general election. It starts with developing a strong and stable fundraising program for the BC Conservatives and expanding the Conservative membership database to 100 times its current size. The Conservative Party is currently working on a platform that will benefit all British Columbians and attract support from Conservative, NDP, Green and Liberal Party members. I hope you change your mind and support my efforts. In the meantime, I will take your advice and look south of our border for ideas on how to build support for a conservative government. However, one of my goals for the BC Conservative Party is not to build walls, but rather, to remove them.


I share your concerns about the importance of fund-raising and you make a great point about 85,000 voters vs 2,000 members, but I believe sort of on faith that a really strong and populist policy platform would bring in floods of support, but it has to be a great platform full of new ideas - which is not something most conservative Conservatives are open to. Merely re-using the same old shibboleths will produce the same old sad results. I like the "progressive" side of the party and can live with the Conservative social values, though I support human rights and freedoms of choice, but really the key political issues is jobs, not lifestyle values.

For example, I want B.C. to relaunch the Bank of B.C. (maybe as a P3 ?) and get it to issue a parallel currency (not supplanting the C$) and get it to help finance a massive job-creation program, and while that idea has garnered some support it has not taken off inside the party probably largely because it is too novel and many members just can't comprehend how that could be (easily) done.

Do you have some background in Finance? What riding would you run in?

A strong populist policy platform alone is unlikely to win the next election, but it may help to address the vote-splitting problem. New ideas that simultaneously win over the Conservatives, NDP, Greens and Liberals will give the Conservative Party the capacity to win ridings in the 2017 BC general election without having to worry about vote-splitting. However, money will be the deciding factor. Income inequality between the Parties is a fundamental cause of election outcomes in BC. (See http://www.jaycross.ca). That is why I am an advocate in this leadership race for a strong and stable fundraising program for the BC Conservative Party.

Jobs are truly a key political issue. However, the problem of lack of jobs and well-paid jobs can be traced back to a number of factors, including bad decision-making by the current and past Provincial governments. Creating jobs is like treating selected symptoms of a disease. It is something we need to do, but the problem will never go away. Instead, we need to deal with the root causes of the problem or at least adopt interventions closer to the root cause. Once we do that, problems like lack of jobs or lack of well-paid jobs will disappear, as will a host of other BC problems that at this point, seem unrelated to one another.

If I become leader of the Party, I will never reject solutions to problems because they are too novel or people cannot easily understand them. Instead, solutions to a problem (such as re-launching the Bank of BC to increase jobs), will be put through a number of feasibility tests and will be scored according to agreed-upon set of criteria developed by experts. In the case of job-creation and the creation of well-paid jobs, it is highly likely that a BC Conservative government, under my leadership, would adopt a multi-pronged approach, that is, it would implement more than one solution. We will assess and monitor the effectiveness of all solutions over the course of their lifecycles.

In regards to finance, I have a background in game theory (microeconomics) and I have taken macroeconomics courses. I have also taught finance students and there are financial experts on my campaign team.

I have not chosen a riding to run in. My attention is on the current leadership election.


I am a member of the federal and B.C. conservative parties. Unfortunately, both parties are slowly eroding or forgetting about what the word conservative means to many of us. I was an original member of the Reform Party, which as you know, morphed into the Conservative Party and along the way gave up a lot of the original platform blanks that made we want to join in the first place.

I voted Liberal in the last B.C. election because I did not want the NDP to get in. As well, the newly formed party was too busy with in-fighting to focus properly on the election.

I am a little concerned with your belief in social science and diversity. I would appreciate an elaboration on these two points as they pertain to governing and policy statements that would be forthcoming from these beliefs, if you were the leader of the B.C. C.P..

There are no high paying jobs in B.C. or Canada for that matter: we are a service economy for the most part when you exclude the resource sector which includes mining and the oil and gas industry. WE do not export finished goods, just raw materials. WE cannot get: pipelines built to get our gas and oil to the east, south and west, build refineries to export value - added products to the chemical industry etc., LNG plants to ship out gas to Asia and Europe and an educational system that churns out kids with university degrees that guarantee them jobs at Starbucks , for example. My children are university educated here in B.C. and have no debt because we were able to pay for their degrees: my youngest is not quite finished – going into final year of civil engineering at UBC. He has to live on campus because of the work load and early starting times and late hours spent in the library studying – $1100.00 per mth. just for a very small UBC apartment ( ridiculous charge ) with meals etc. on top of that. If he is lucky he may find a job in Canada. Part of the problem with respect to the high cost of education is the universities dependence of foreign students who have very wealthy parents supporting them – pay huge premiums to attend here… We need to fund our universities better so that we do not have to depend on these foreign students for the extra funding.

You are not the only Conservative to vote for the BC Liberals because you did not want the NDP to get in. Vote splitting is a serious problem for the BC Conservatives and a serious problem for BC as it can lead to sub-optimal governments. Fortunately, there are solutions to this problem and the BC Conservatives, if I am leader, will implement these solutions in the 2017 BC general election. However, before the Party can even think about taking the necessary steps, it needs to strengthen its finances. Money is a critical driver of election outcomes in BC. That is why in this leadership election I have made fundraising for the Party the primary issue in my platform. Please see my website for an overview of how finances impact election outcomes http://www.jaycross.ca .

I am going to try and address your concerns about social scientists and diversity separately. Let me deal with your social scientist concerns first. I see social scientists in a support position in governance and the provision of policy. Social scientists look at and assess information in a thorough, detailed way to acquire an accurate picture as possible of the situation or problem. For example, a social scientist would identify at least two outcomes in your main paragraph: job related income and education cost. They would then identify the many predictors of income including the ones you mentioned for each issue: type of economy, type of restrictions on an economy, type of educational system, university degree and level of debt, and for predictors of education cost: distance to campus, work-load, morning course times, percent foreign students with wealthy parents and level of university funding. After gathering the appropriate sample and data, the social scientist would model your outcomes (simultaneously) using the variables you mentioned as well as a host of other factors based on different theories and hypotheses to determine what factors affect job related income and educational cost. An important feature of your thinking is that the factors you mention occur at many different levels, and this would have to be taken into account in the modeling procedure. Based on the findings, the social scientist might design one or more interventions at different levels to improve job related income and/or decrease educational cost. These interventions, because they are based on detailed, accurate information, have a much better chance of working those dreamt up by an official to make the government look good. This is how social science can inform policy, especially for complex problems such as the ones you mentioned.

With regard to diversity, when I lived and worked in New York City, I experienced the performance, innovation and huge economic benefits of diversity in business, education, government and other institutions. I would like to bring that world to the BC Conservatives. If I became leader of the Party, one of the first things I would advocate for is the writing of a Policy of Diversity and Inclusion. As I noted in my previous email, the Party currently has 2,000 active members, but 85,000 individuals from 56 ridings voted for a Conservative candidate in the last BC general election. Extrapolating to all 85 ridings in BC, there are potentially over 127,000 individuals who voted for a Conservative candidate or who would have voted for a Conservative Candidate had there been one in their riding in the last election. I consider these individuals prospective members of the BC Conservative Party and a Policy of Diversity and Inclusion as an invitation to join and help grow the Party.


1. How did you come to work for the BC New Democratic Party in advance of the 2013 general election?

2. Who did you report to on the NDP fundraising team ... and who were your working colleagues on that team?

3. Please provide a brief description of your work for the NDP: what part of the fundraising team were you on?

4. Can you describe the aspect of your fundraising work with the NDP that delivered successful results? (What were some of the big donations that you solicited?)

5. How did your employment or tenure with the B.C. NDP conclude, and when?

1. This political party advertised for a statistical analyst/data modeler position in early March, 2013. I applied and was hired shortly afterwards.

2. I am not at liberty to provide this information. I signed a non-disclosure agreement with this political party. However, everything I learned in the two months that I worked for this party will likely influence the steps I take in developing a strong and stable fundraising program for the BC Conservative Party.

3. (Same response as the previous question)

4. (Same response as the previous question)

5. My employment ended on May 14, 2013, the day of the 2013 BC general election. I left this political party on good terms.


The British Columbia Conservative party is a dead horse and cannot be revived without a well-known leadership candidate,lots of money the Liberal party as currently headed by Mr. Christy is serving the needs of conservatives in this province as I said you are beating a dead horse.

I agree with you. However, we need to start somewhere. I say we first start by developing a strong and stable fundraising program for the BC Conservative Party. Celebrity for the leader and MLA candidates will follow once the Party has the financial capacity to compete with the Liberals and NDP. Without a strong and stable fundraising program, the Party will continue to be a dead horse.


I am a Conservative but there is no way I would vote conservative it would split the right and we’d end up with you know who.

You are not alone in your thinking. To compete with the Liberals and NDP, we are going to need money. With money and a few important, groundbreaking ideas that separate us from the Liberals and NDP, we can drive votes away from both of these parties and win the 2017 BC general election.


We need a leader who is independent free to travel on his own dime, who is financial secure, do not rely or need a salary/ renumeration of the party.

No. This is a band-aid solution that does not deal with the underlying cause of the problem. It also introduces biases that will ultimately undermine leadership quality. A better solution is to develop a strong and stable fundraising program for the Party.


1. Do you attend Church? Which denomination?

2. Do you have a family?

3. Where do you live?

4. Who endorses you?

5. Where do you stand on critical issues?

1. No. My family is Catholic.

2. Yes. I have a wife (Elizabeth) and two boys, ages 12 and 16.

3. Vancouver, BC.

4. No one. Any suggestions?

5. The main critical issue that we need to be dealing with is fundraising. The BC Conservative Party needs money. With your support, I believe we can achieve this goal. A second critical issue that we need to address is member recruitment. Our Party has just over 2,000 active members. However, according to Elections BC data, 84,841 individuals voted for a Conservative Party candidate in the 2013 BC general election.


I donated already. Why are you asking me to donate again? [paraphrased]

I am implementing an online fundraising model used by political parties in recent Canadian Federal and US Presidential elections. Throughout the election period, I will be sending out email requests for contributions to support my leadership campaign. These email requests will provide information on how my campaign is going. They are also a way for individuals, like yourself, to get to know how I think about issues and for me to respond to your feedback. You do not have to read my emails or help my campaign if you do not want to. I can remove you from my list of contacts if you find the emails too burdensome.


Tell me what your platform is?

The BC Conservatives lose elections because they have no money. We can solve this problem by developing a strong and stable fundraising program for the Party.


Who are you?


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