Remove parking lot management from Health Authorities
  – a pilot project for free parking at city hospitals

News Release April 13, 2017

CAMPBELL RIVER – The British Columbia Conservative Party proposes a new way to manage hospital parking so that patients and visitors have access to their hospital without worrying about parking fees or fines.

“We would remove the management of parking lots from hospital administrators and put it in the hands of a local non-profit organization created and funded for the purpose,” said Bob Bray, Campaign Manager.

This alternative management method would be evaluated in a two-year pilot project.

“I am recommending that the Party consider Richmond General Hospital as a possible site for the pilot project. It would be an excellent test case because finding a parking space at our hospital is difficult and very expensive,” said Kay Khilvinder Hale, the British Columbia Conservative Party MLA candidate for Richmond-Queensborough.

Hospital budgets would not be diminished in any way as a result of this change. The purpose of parking fees is indeed to offset parking costs so that dollars intended for health care are not used for parking.

“In the meantime, I encourage hospitals with pay parking to designate several parking bays near the entrance to Emergency as free parking,” said Leah McCulloch, the British Columbia Conservative Party MLA candidate for Courtenay-Comox.

Recently appointed as Campaign Manager, long time BC resident and Party activist, Bob Bray says, “I really like the idea of a local organization managing a provincial resource. In a small way it reminds me of the elected Hospital Boards that managed their hospital up until the mid-1990s.”

Corbin Mitchell, president of the Party, says, “Our Board of Directors is very pleased that Bob has accepted the Campaign Manager role. He continues to engage with prospective MLA candidates. There is still time to meet the April 18 deadline, especially if a prospect can collect the 75 nomination signatures over the Easter weekend.”

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Background information and a detailed description of the pilot project is available at:
New Hospital Parking Plan

For more information contact
Bob Bray, Campaign Manager
250-504-0052 cell
250-434-2550 office