On June 18, 2016, Stephen won the nomination to be the BC Liberal candidate for Saanich North and the Islands in the May 2017 provincial election. Stephen came within 163 votes of winning the riding in the 2013 provincial election, and is excited and positive about representing the BC Liberals again in 2017.
Local organizations, businesses, and members of the community trust Stephen to be their voice on important community issues affecting healthcare, the environment, and public services. He promotes local businesses tirelessly, in particular as the sponsor for the Small Business Award at the annual Saanich Peninsula Chamber Crystal Awards. Stephen supports artists locally and is a sponsoring partner in SSNAP, the Salt Spring National Art Prize. He also believes strongly in local agriculture and is a founding and ongoing donor to the successful Saltspring Abattoir project.
Stephen recognizes that seniors have worked hard to build and maintain our communities. His advocacy work for hospice and our local hospitals is broadly respected. In a recent initiative, Stephen is working to find a community-based solution to better primary care for seniors and the population as a whole. He also is instrumental in highlighting the need for affordable seniors housing options.
Stephen recognizes the need to build our economy and protect our spectacular natural environment. Jobs and workforce training are key, as is affordable housing. That's one reason you'll see so many young people around Stephen, helping ensure he is our next MLA. Young people training to be engineers and marine pilots want the opportunities that come with growing our economy safely. Our government has been recognized by the UN for our carbon tax, and by HM The Queen for the establishment of the Great Bear Rainforest. And while we've been making these smart choices for the environment, BC has the lowest unemployment and best job creation record in Canada.