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BC Liberals narrow two-hour policy debate to 20 motions

There were 80 resolutions submitted for the BC Liberal Party convention in Kelowna, including several to address poverty and improving finances at BC Ferries, but most won't be debated.

With just two hours scheduled for policy resolutions, delegates voted on which should move to the top of the list, and most that were critical of the government's direction or that raised social issues appear to have been dropped.

Following is the list of priorities they set, with the constituency association or part of the party that put forward the resolution in brackets:

Balancing the budget and controlling spending (Policy Committee)

Modernizing, consolidating & controlling costs of local governments (Cowichan Valley, Saanich North & the Islands)

Simplifying and limiting our taxes and fees (Parksville-Qualicum)

Health system effectiveness, accessibility, and sustainability (Prince George-Valemount, Prince George Mackenzie)

Create a BC Liberal Northern Economic Strategy (Prince George-Valemount, Prince George Mackenzie)

Harmonizing environmental approval processes (Prince George-Valemount, Prince George-Mackenzie)

Dementia as a health care priority (Women’s Network)

Enhance Aboriginal economic participation (Prince George-Valemount, Prince George-Mackenzie)

Distracted driving (Westside-Kelowna)

Build a mental health campus of care facility (Maple Ridge-Mission)

Invest in Northern road infrastructure (Prince George-Valemount, Prince George-Mackenzie)

Provincial government tendering process (Prince George-Valemount, Prince George-Mackenzie)

Transparency for consumers of provincial health care costs (Powell River-Sunshine Coast)

A practical solution for the Quagga & Zebra mussel threat to our lakes (Kelowna-Lake Country)

Create a BC Liberal housing affordability strategy (Skeena)

Supporting childcare as a key government strategy (Women’s Network)

Ensure elected officials disclose all their spending (Surrey-Panorama)

Legislate all non-renewable resource revenues to the Prosperity Fund (BCYL)

Reduced red tape for the film industry (Vancouver-Quilchena, Vancouver-Langara, Vancouver-False Creek, Vancouver-Hastings)

BC’s forest sector: ensuring it remains a sunrise industry (Cowichan Valley)

Andrew MacLeod is The Tyee's Legislative Bureau Chief in Victoria. Find him on Twitter or reach him here.

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