Oct 5, 2020 at 11:05 pm
Darryl Schmidt asks the Kamloops-North Thompson, Kamloops-South Thompson Candidates
What are your plans to stimulate high paying jobs specifically in the Kamloops area?
Two areas of our local economy that will continue to offer stable well-paid employment will be in the health fields, especially focused around RIH (especially as it continues to expand services as a regional health center), and in education, focused around the ongoing development of Thompson Rivers University. We need to be attentive to direct more investment into these areas and facilities: advocating to the provincial government for even greater funding support. Post-pandemic, there will be a recovery of tourism and hospitality. In the BC economy, tourism has provided over 160,000 jobs and has revenues of $20.5 billion. We are poised well for the surge of demand after this trying time. It is vital that we support our tourism industry now in the pandemic. Mining and Forestry will continue to provide well-paid employment; yet there is a need for innovation in our forestry practices and for a larger provincial reform of how forestry can provide greater benefits to local communities, including Kamloops.
First and foremost increases resource revenues sharing directly with our First Nations, municipalities, and regional districts.
We're also looking at forestry reforms to better support local communities and encourage secondary manufacturing of wood products.
Establish a $1 billion strategic investment fund to support business innovation
The building of a cancer diagnosis and treatment centre--along with the NDP's commitment to hire 7,000 new health care employees province-wide--will mean that high paying jobs will be available in our community and that will help encourage people to settle in Kamloops. The NDP's support of Community Benefit Agreements, with their preference for local workers and local procurement, will also mean high paying, family supporting, union protecting jobs. Investments by the Horgan government in post-secondary education means that TRU will continue to add faculty and staff jobs.