British Columbia urgently needs to begin implementing a self-sufficiency strategy in many keys areas of its economy, says John Twigg, the Conservative Party of B.C.’s candidate in the North Island constituency.
“There already are growing and spreading disputes between the increasing number of nuclear-powered nations and their allies in areas such as trade, migrations and international relations,” noted Twigg, citing events such as North Korea and Iran recently acquiring nuclear weapons and the United States beginning the process of withdrawing its troops from Germany, which also has the technology to make nuclear weapons.
“The prospect of the United Nations trying to impose new policy edicts globally is already here in the climate area and other edicts could soon follow in areas such as trade and commerce that will exacerbate the many existing stresses between nations,” said Twigg, citing spreading border and trade disputes in the Middle East, Britain’s exit from the European Union, China’s new control of key shipping lanes in Asia and even the pending election Nov. 3 in the United States.
“In such a troubled atmosphere it would be prudent for Canada in general and for British Columbia in particular to now begin taking measures to strengthen all of the systems of government and social order while there is still time and resources to do so,” he said while campaigning for B.C.’s provincial election on Saturday, Oct. 24.
Twigg raised the issue of preparing a self-sufficiency strategy for B.C. at all-candidate meetings in Campbell River hosted by the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board and Chamber of Commerce, in Port McNeill hosted by the Chamber of Commerce and in Port Hardy also hosted by the local chamber of Commerce. He raised it again in a radio interview with Cortes Radio 89.5 FM.
“There are several reasons I am running again to become MLA for North Island but the main one – the most important one to me – is to promote the idea that British Columbia should begin NOW to develop self-sufficiency strategies in many key areas of our economy and society,” he said, noting that a global nuclear war combined with pandemics like COVID-19 and other threats such as starvation and anarchy could kill two-thirds to 90 per cent of the people alive today.
“That means B.C. should become self-sufficient in food and clean water, policing and security and especially in money and banking,” he said, calling for revivals of both the B.C. Provincial Police Force and a currency-issuing Bank of B.C. and noting former B.C. Premier W.A.C. Bennett had set a precedent for it when his government issued a silver dollar for B.C.’s centennial in 1958.
“What we really need now and probably will need even more so in the decade to come is better security for everyone in B.C.,” said Twigg, a 71-year-old independent journalist and communications consultant with an extensive resume that includes a stint as former B.C. Premier Dave Barrett’s press secretary from 1972 to 1975, a financial editor in Regina in the 1980s, a full-time independent member of the Victoria Legislative Press Gallery in the 1990s, and since then an independent author, writer and communciations consultant in Campbell River, where he now is also a show host on Spirit-FM, a local Christian radio station.
“British Columbia as a province is extremely fortunate to have an array of rich resources including millions of well-educated civil people, abundant natural resources and a terrain that could make it ideal for surviving global turmoil,” said Twigg, noting the province’s world-class handling of the COVID crisis is proof that it could cope with a world war too – but only if it begins now to take precautions such as building up its capacity to produce and distribute supplies of food, water and energy, strengthening systems of security such as policing, banking and communications and maybe even a new and better form of electoral politics, perhaps involving electronic democracy that is already evident in the holding of “virtual” or on-line town-hall meetings.
“This election campaign would be an excellent opportunity to begin debating these realities and in some ways we already are debating them,” said Twigg, noting other candidates and parties also have been raising concerns about how best to deal with problems such as lawlessness in urban areas, and growing homelessness exacerbated by untreated drug addictions – as B.C. Conservatives leader Trevor Bolin cited in a recent news release.
Meanwhile the B.C. Green Party has been gaining attention with its calls for environmental protection and enhanced agriculture, both areas in which B.C. already is a world leader.
“B.C.’s First Nations had rich cultures that were based on abundant supplies of natural foods and a climate that enabled comfortable lifestyles year-round and now we in B.C. could use those same advantages to build a new culture and a new economy based on surviving and even thriving regardless of what happens globally,” said Twigg, noting there is very large supply of untapped electrical power in B.C.’s many streams and rivers and many excellent areas of agricultural lands due in large part to the Agricultural Land Reserve established by the Barrett government.
“Our Province has the makings to be a shining example to the world of how a society could and should be organized and run but to do so we’ll need to have a much-improved governance in Victoria,” said Twigg.
“This is a Vision thing but it’s also a real-world-now thing,” he concluded, urging the citizens of B.C. to use the election as a launching pad to a better future, one that could survive even a third world war with nuclear weapons.