BC Green Party Candidate Jodie Emery To Tour Dangerously Underfunded Vancouver Hospital

CANNABIS CULTURE – Jodie Emery, Green Party of British Columbia candidate for Vancouver West-End, will join Vancouver City Councillor Adriane Carr for an in-depth tour of St. Paul’s Hospital in downtown Vancouver at 8:30 AM on Monday, April 8.

“The government of British Columbia has made many commitments but failed so far to follow through on the support it promised to St. Paul’s Hospital, and the citizens of Vancouver are suffering because of it,” Emery said. “I’m honoured to be taking this tour to learn first-hand about the needs of hospital staff and to find out what can be done to improve the quality of service delivered to patients.”

Emery, a well-known marijuana legalization advocate and wife of imprisoned political activist Marc Emery, recently launched her campaign for MLA in the riding of Vancouver West-End with a commitment to “justice, peace and honest government.”

St. Paul’s Hospital, one of the largest health care facilities in the province of British Columbia, was originally constructed in 1894 and is long overdue for a structural overhaul and renewal. Hospital administrators have waiting years for the implementation of a redevelopment plan, which includes vital renovations to century-old buildings that have failed government safety evaluations.

“It’s a shame that tax dollars are not being used efficiently in making these much-needed improvements to one of Vancouver’s most important institutions, ” Emery said. “Instead, the BC Liberal Party has broken one promise after another and left the hospital itself on life support.”

The Green Party of BC promises in its Green Book 2013 to reform the governance of provincially funded heath services to create more effective and responsive provincial health care programs, in part by appointing a health ombudsperson to investigate and resolve complaints.

Jodie Emery was the Green Party of British Columbia’s candidate for Vancouver-Fraserview in the 2009 provincial election and received nearly 5% of the vote. Her campaign focused on addressing gang violence by ending drug prohibition, calling for better law enforcement oversight and accountability, and improving government transparency.

Adriane Carr was elected to Vancouver City Council in 2011. A well-know leader in environmental conservation and Green politics, she co-founded the BC Green Party in 1983 and was party leader from 2000 to 2006.

Find out more about Jodie Emery’s campaign at JodieForMLA.ca or visit the Green Party of BC’s website at greenparty.bc.ca