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Mental Health Care, Wellness and Dignity for BC's Recovery - All Candidates Forum

The Canadian Mental Health Association BC hosted an All Candidates Forum for the 2020 BC Election on the evening of October 20th. We’re joined by Mitzi Dean from the BC NDP, Jane Thornthwaite from the BC Liberals and Scott Bernstein from the BC Greens. Each candidate shared their parties' commitments to better mental health and safer substance use, and contributed to a lively discussion moderated by The Tyee Health Reporter, Moira Wyton. Topics included harm reduction, mental health care, substance use treatment options, housing and homelessness, policing and involuntarily detention of people experiencing a mental health crisis.



Scott Bernstein, 

Vancouver-Kingsway Candidate

BC Greens


Scott Bernstein is Director of Policy with the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition, where he leads the organization’s work on legal regulation of drugs, decriminalization, and international drug policy. Through his own legal practice and with Vancouver-based non-profit Pivot Legal Society, Scott has participated in strategic litigation focused on advancing human rights of people who use drugs, including challenging municipal anti-harm reduction bylaws, advocating for access to prescription heroin treatment, and defending Insite, North America’s first sanctioned injection site in the Supreme Court of Canada and lower courts.

Jane Thornthwaite,

North Vancouver-Seymour Candidate

BC Liberals


Jane Thornthwaite was first elected as MLA for North Vancouver – Seymour in 2009 and has since dedicated herself to advocating for her constituents at the Legislature.

Jane is a passionate advocate for mental health as the Official Opposition’s Critic for Mental Health and Addictions. Jane has been clear, British Columbia needs a comprehensive and seamless mental health and addictions strategy to ensure people get the support they need early in life, and that those with addictions get access to treatment immediately and are provided opportunities for recovery.

Jane is proud to have been paramount in the establishment of the HOpe Centre, specifically the 3rd floor dedicated to children and youth. As Chair of the Select Standing Committee for Children and Youth, Jane launched a report on children’s mental health that spearheaded the development of Foundry centres province-wide including in North Vancouver. 

Mitzi Dean

Esquimalt - Metchosin Candidate



Mitzi Dean has spent the last 30 years helping the most vulnerable people in our community.

As former executive director of the Pacific Centre Family Services Association, Mitzi oversaw a team that every year helped 1,600 women, children, families, seniors, and men who were affected by trauma, violence, and mental health challenges.

As an important member of John Horgan’s BC NDP government, Mitzi has been committed to affordable, accessible child care, protecting our coast, and investing in affordable housing. A champion for women’s rights, she has also served as British Columbia’s first Parliamentary Secretary for Gender Equity.

Moira Wyton

Health Reporter

The Tyee


Moira Wyton is a journalist and staff reporter at The Tyee with a focus on health, politics and equity issues. She has contributed bylines in major national publications and worked abroad in government and non-profits, with a commitment to telling stories with compassion.

Moira will be the moderator of the candidates discussion

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