Carrie Powell Davidson is no stranger to politics in the area. As a two-term councillor for the City of Parksville, she has experience dealing with, and representing, a community on a political level.
She says the decision to jump into federal politics was an easy one.
Like many Canadians, I had become very disillusioned with the direction our country was headed under our current federal government. When I heard that Mr. Trudeau had become the leader of the Federal Liberal Party, I knew I had to do whatever I could to help him become our next Prime Minister.
From the campaign so far, the most pressing issues are those related to seniors. The Courtenay-Alberni riding has a higher than average population of seniors and they are concerned about housing, finances and health as well as the future of our country for the next generation.
The Liberal party has announced the investment of billions of dollars into infrastructure which includes senior housing and care facilities. Our financial plan for seniors includes lowering the age for OAP and GIS from 67 to 65 and we will add 10 per cent to the most vulnerable seniors’ GIS. We will not cut pension income splitting.
Our announcements for health will be made very soon but I can say that we will work with the provinces and territories to restore our national health system and improve it with changes such as Pharmacare and the national mental health strategy. I will personally be advocating for a national dementia strategy and a national food strategy.
A Liberal government would recognize that Canada’s young people are not just the future, they are our present and we will invest heavily into issues pertaining to them including jobs, housing and education.