BC Green Party
Your Vision for Arts + Culture
Will you advocate for an increased investment to the BC Arts Council and to maintain or increase the current funding level for arts, culture and heritage in your community?
Yes. I value arts, culture and the heritage of the only community I've known. I'm fully invested in the preservation of and enhancement for a Richmond - Queensborough that we are proud to be part of as we live, work, and play.
Will you take an active role on behalf of your community to lobby senior levels of government to increase levels of investment to the BC Arts Council?
Yes. The BC Greens do not accept donations from corportations and unions. I will serve the people in Richmond - Queensborough and advocate for their needs, not those of the corporate lobby groups.
If you are in favour of increased investment in arts, culture, and heritage for our province and committed to lobbying senior levels of government for increases to the BC Arts Council, would you require additional advocacy support from the BC Alliance for Arts + Culture? If so, how can we help?
Assist in the design of a separate Ministry of Arts, Culture, and Heritage. Provide consultation for an arts plan for BC and indigenous peoples culture plan for Canada
In your view, how can our provincial government maintain or grow the cultural sector across British Columbia?
Increase funding to the BC Arts Council and Alliance for Arts and Culture and establish a separate Ministry of Arts, Culture, and Heritage.
Cultural + Creative Spaces
Will you work to ensure access to affordable, sustainable cultural and creative spaces for artists and arts organizations in British Columbia? If so, how?
Yes, by ensuring expansion, improved access and usage of public spaces for the promotion and performance of art, cultural, and heritage activities.
How will you improve cultural tourism in your community? How do you propose to attract and retain artists and cultural workers in your community?
Unite all income support programs into one comprehensive Guaranteed Livable Income.
What do you feel to be the single most important issue currently relating to arts, culture and heritage in British Columbia, and what action will you take to address it?
The need to ban corporate and union donations, because it is the right thing to do. This act will make politicians accountable to the voters, the same people who create and appreciate the art, culture and heritage of our communities.
How do you personally engage in the creative and cultural life of your community, and more broadly, the province? (e.g. committees, attending arts and culture events, etc.)
I infuse art education into the lessons I teach at public schools in Richmond. I make art a component of every day, for myself, my wife, and many of our students.
If you would like to provide voters with additional information about your stance on arts, culture and heritage issues in British Columbia, please use the space below. Hint: sharing personal stories or experience about how art, culture and heritage have impacted your life are often the best way to effectively connect with your readers!
Nature is what inspires me. The beauty of the natural world is what lit my desire to study biology in university, followed by education. I see firsthand how some people communicate in exceptional ways through art. In my Richmond classrooms I also experience the beauty in our cultures and I am blessed to be in much a multicultural setting each day. I value the heritage of my hometown, from the house my grandparents built, to the natural features that make our island community unique and worth the effort of running for political office. This is my tenth election campaign...