As BC’s snap election campaign accelerates, many of those affected by disability are feeling forgotten, after months of being virtually ignored by the current government during the pandemic, and years of neglect by successive governments. Many families are hunkered down in survival mode as October 24, Election Day 2020, draws near.
Yet progress for people with disabilities in Canada has often come about through political pressure, which means elections are a time for family members, individuals with disabilities, and the network of professionals who support their survival, to come together to ask all candidates about their commitments to the most vulnerable in our communities.
ACT has developed this page to gather election resources from disability organizations that prioritize the needs of aboriginal communities, those living in poverty and racialized minorities. It is our hope that this will help keep the focus on these issues, not just in the run-up to the election but as the new ministers receive their mandates from the next premier of British Columbia. ACT would like to see every minister be required to commit to meaningful change to lessen the impact of COVID-19 on the most vulnerable in our communities and to establish effective systems for the future to support and protect disabled people.
A special request to professionals and para-professionals supporting families and individuals living with disabilities: in this time of intense isolation, you can make a difference by writing to your candidates and asking them where they stand. Self-advocates and caregivers have important perspectives. Your voices are important too, especially when you or those you help are under such pressure. Speak up, please.
Below you will find resources gathered by community organizations in preparation for the upcoming election. Remember, the goal is not to elect any party, it is to press all parties to articulate where they stand on protecting those with disabilities. This is so after the election, we can track how accountable they are to their promises.
If you see resources that ACT hasn’t included, please send the link to [email protected].
First Call BC Provincial Election Toolkit 2020
Inclusion BC Election 2020 Resources
Special Olympics BC 2020 Challenge to B.C. Election Candidates
BC Election 2020: Disability Alliances Questions to Parties
BC Election Wish List – 7 key asks from BCEdAccess
Elections BC: Services for At-Risk Voters
Feedback from Families on the BC Government’s COVID-19 Response
A national survey on the impact of the pandemic on autistic individuals
BCEdAccess tracks the exclusion of BC children with disabilities from school
Voters with disabilities disappointed, frustrated by B.C. election campaign – CBC News
B.C. NDP recommits to disability legislation, say COVID-19 has made need more pressing – CBC News
B.C.’s child-care system is broken. Will any political party follow through on a promise to fix it? – CBC News
Where They Stand: The Parties on Supports for People with Intellectual Disabilities – The Tyee
People with disabilities growing sicker in poverty with no election promises to give them hope – News 1130
A look at B.C. parties’ underwhelming education platforms – Georgia Straight
Make the most of the darn election – Georgia Straight
Who Will Suffer for Wilkinson’s Wild Fiscal Pledges? Likely BC’s Most Vulnerable (Again) – The Tyee
B.C. Greens release platform highlighting basic income and clean economic recovery – CBC News
What Disability Advocates Want, and Where the Parties Stand – The Tyee
‘This isn’t The Hunger Games’: B.C. parents of autistic kids say back-to-school concerns not addressed – Vancouver Sun
Parents of child with autism in ‘agony’ over back-to-school plan – Vancouver Sun
Desperate families of kids with complex needs consider surrendering their children to the province – CBC News
Disabled community pushes for policy change after woman died alone at B.C. hospital – CBC News
Kids with diverse needs are being left behind — again – Georgia Straight
B.C. mothers of children with autism plead for more government help during COVID-19 pandemic – CBC News