Brian Marlatt, PC Party 
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Brian Marlatt PC Party candidate for Nanaimo-Ladysmith

Brian Marlatt, 66, has been the PC Party candidate in South Surrey-White Rock, BC, from 2006-2015, and is presently living on Vancouver Island where he is the PC Party Nanaimo-Ladysmith candidate in the October 21, 2019 General Election and was the PC Party candidate in the May 6, 2019 Nanaimo-Ladysmith by-election.  Brian Marlatt is a writer, researcher and public policy analyst.  Brian worked as a manager in a family business, Paramount Distributors, prior to an academic leave-of-absence and assuming family health care responsibilities when his father suffered a major spinal cord injury. Previously, Brian managed Paramount’s sales, distribution and marketing of telephonic consumer electronics to major retailers and telephone companies across Canada and the US. Brian also contributed to market introduction of proprietary, two-way voice technology patented by Paramount’s sister company, Paramount Systems, designed for the security industry and for use in health care to assist the physically challenged. As a trade delegate to the Saskatoon Continuing Medical Education Conference in1992 and to DPI’s Special Needs Vancouver conference, Independence 92, Brian contributed to the introduction of Paramount’s Imedical medical alert system.

Brian Marlatt also has experience in the BC Film Industry, having contributed to fund-raising efforts and post-production video marketing of made-in-BC documentary films broadcast by the Knowledge Network and he was an ACTRA UBCP Extra Member.

Brian Marlatt earned an Honours BA in history from the University of Western Ontario, where he later pursued graduate work in history and the history of science. Subsequent papers are published in abstract by the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science. In 1996,

Brian was a delegate to the first international conference held in Canada to focus on earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunamis, the Pan Pacific Hazards ‘96 Conference held in Vancouver as one of Canada’s major contributions to the United Nations International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction. His published paper, “Rebuilding After Earthquake in Historical and Traditional Society Context,” draws upon his early research and addresses questions of emergency response and post-disaster recovery in the Lesser Developed Country (LDC) contexts which were the focus of the UN IDNDR. Brian’s academic interests are ongoing.

Brian Marlatt’s political experience includes membership in the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada from 1998 to 2003, during which time he sat on the Progressive Conservative South Surrey-White Rock-Langley Riding Association Executive as Policy and Communications Chair; active membership on the Policy Advisory Committee of the PC’s BC Executive Council, including public policy consultations facilitation; and he both contributed to and presented successful amendments to the policy document on which the Tory platform in Election 2000 was based. Brian was a delegate to the PC’s Quebec City National Policy Conference in 2000 and to the Edmonton National Convention in 2002 which focused on Democratic Reform. Brian Marlatt was part of the Progressive Conservative BC and South Surrey-White Rock-Langley campaigns in Election 2000.

Brian’s academic and political experience were brought together in 1999, when he initiated an offer of assistance to the City of White Rock from the PC Task Force on Poverty and Homelessness during the emergency phase of the city’s June 1999 flood.
Beginning in 2010, Brian wrote a series of Canadian political and public policy focused articles, commentary, and non-political journalism for an online publication, The Examiner, on subjects ranging from the 2010 prorogations, senate reform, political economy, Canadian veterans and the return of casualties from Afghanistan, and the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.  Brian's interdisciplinary interest in the sciences and the history of science were represented in an article published by the general science publication, Muslim Science, An intersection of bioethics and epigenetics in policy, practices, and science affecting the Muslim world: a case for a wider definition.

Brian Marlatt became a member of the Progressive Canadian (PC) Party following the removal of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada from the ballot in December 2003. Brian is working to restore a national, progressive-conservative, alternative to Canadians and the vision of national unity which inspired the Fathers of Confederation. Brian Marlatt sits on the PC Party National Council and is a BC organizer for the Progressive Canadian (PC) Party. In 2006, 2008, 2011 and 2015 Brian Marlatt was the South Surrey-White Rock-Cloverdale and South Surrey-White Rock BC candidate for the Progressive Canadian Party.

In September 2006, Brian Marlatt submitted a brief solicited by the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs (PROC) concerning Bill C-16 in the 39th Parliament, the Fixed Date Election Law opposed by Progressive Conservative and Progressive Canadian party policy.

In June 2015 Brian Marlatt with then party leader, the Hon. Sinclair Stevens, contributed to the Elections Canada Advisory Committee of Political Parties (ACPP) AGM to address legislative changes affecting the 2015 General Election and wrote a report on party and candidate electoral finance for the EC OGI Steering Committee.  In June 2018, Mr. Marlatt attended the EC ACPP workshop on the new PESC digital portal for elections communications, and on June 6, 2018 presented a brief to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs (PROC) concerning Bill C-76, The Elections Modernization Act, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act, receiving royal assent December 13, 2018.

Progressive Canadian health care platform

On the eve of his father’s 89th birthday and three years, twenty-seven days after a near-death spinal cord injury, PC Party Nanaimo-Ladysmith candidate and deputy leader Brian Marlatt is renewing the PC Party commitment to universal public health care in Canada and calls for expanded seniors care.  “Autism treatment, too,” he is quick to say.
 
“Healthcare is the “Canadian Advantage” measured by both social and economic metrics,”Marlatt said.  “At all levels of society and the economy, confidence that good health outcomes are available to all Canadians distinguishes Canada from other nations and shapes the world’s perception of us as a people to embrace, respect, and engage.  Live long and prosper isn’t science fiction.”
 
“My father spent eight months and four days in Nanaimo General ICU and Disabilities Rehab.  I had to be patient advocate when overwhelmed medical teams saw only death and paralysis, no quality of life.  But with their genius and caring, and family commitment, he came home on my mother’s 86th birthday.  Six months later he was making architectural drawings and taking an apprentice carpenter under his wing who, after attending VIU-Malaspina, is a working part of our community.”  All from his wheelchair. “With our support,” Marlatt said, “We make miracles here.  That is how we must address the health care needs of all Canadians.”
 
The Challenge and Answers: 
 
“Our party is committed to finding means to reduce wait times, to discuss proposals for a national pharmacare programme which others see as aspirational but we see as achievable,” and renewed his party’s long-standing commitment “to achieve the goals of the ‘Medicare for Autism NOW!’campaign,” Marlatt said in the May by-election. “And here is how to begin,” he adds, “during the General Election.”
 
“Wait times have organizational and delivery challenges,” the PC Party deputy leader said.  “We are proposing that in exchange for a period of service in remote and under-served areas of Canada at discounted incomes, we the people and  Government of Canada, will fund the medical education of required service doctors, nurses and medical technicians, just like the army, navy and air force.”
 
“Wait times for urgent care and emergency medically necessary procedures should be first class.   Wait times for elective surgery, specialist access, and non-emergency services are ranked by some  critics as second to middle tier.”
 
Progressive Canadians see renewed commitment to funding health care and to goal-oriented health care delivery as needed.   “Both Liberals and ‘new’ Conservatives have effectively defunded health care by reducing the rate of federal funding increases per annum from six per cent to three per cent,” Marlatt said.  “Rates of increase need to be restored to levels in pace with rates of inflation and the costs of new technology and as the average age of user increases.”
 
National Pharmacare.  “Progressive Conservatives, at our Quebec City National Policy Convention in 2000, then as now understood that provinces jealous of jurisdiction would refuse to set up or expand ‘boutique’ programmes at a time of federal funding cuts to health care.  The advantages of economies of scale from a national pharmacare programme remain unavailable while some provinces remain unavailable participants.”
 
Pointing to the economies of scale and better results expected when negotiating with large pharmaceutical companies in a national approach, Marlatt and PC Party Leader Hueglin have expressed willingness to work with the provinces to achieve patient-centred outcomes in a national pharmacare programme.
 
“As with the Canada Health Act, building bridges is better than building walls.  Aspirational change is unrealized benefit.  By moving forward in a progressive-conservative way, balancing progressive social policy with fiscal responsibility, incrementally to the possible, sustainable benefit can be achieved. Jurisdictional obstacles can be overcome,” the Nanaimo-Ladysmith PC Party candidate said.
 
The Progressive Canadian Party is proposing that the federal government establish a ‘National Purchasing Agency’ as a distribution network for pharmaceuticals supplied to provincial programmes.  In this way, economies of scale can be achieved without jurisdictional tensions.
 
“We understand that some have reservations about the cost of service delivery in areas of jurisdictional challenges with the provinces but challenges are what people of good will seek to overcome for the common good, Marlatt said.  The parliamentary budget officer has recently indicated that 4.2 billion dollars a year could be saved by working with the provinces to establish a national pharmacare plan, according to the National Post.”
 
 
“Progressive Canadians fully support the Canada Health Act and its principles of single-payer publicly funded and administered, comprehensive health care that is available to all Canadians equally wherever they live in Canada,” Marlatt said.  “The social benefit to Canadians of all ages and circumstance is self-evident.  What is less appreciated is that freedom from fear of economic ruin caused by chronic or catastrophic medical need and the availability of a healthy workforce to business unburdened by the additional costs of private primary health care plans is a significant Canadian Advantage to the economy.”
 
“But we have more to do,” he added.
 
“To achieve this, the PC Party will call for organizational re-evaluation beginning with first principles provided by the Canada Health Act and...a mission statement developed from first principles so that the provinces, as administrators of health care, can better achieve their goals...innovation requires clear goals.”
 
Autism. On the question of ABA/IBI analysis and treatment for children and families affected by autism, Marlatt was pleased to add that “Our campaign in 2008, in South Surrey-White Rock-Cloverdale where I was then the PC Party candidate, led to the Progressive Canadian party being the first national party to endorse the non-partisan ‘Medicare for Autism NOW!’ campaign, under the leadership of the late Hon. Sinclair Stevens, P.C., Q.C..”
 
“We will work with the next government national health care funding reform as an economic investment, on seniors care, national pharmacare, and autism services to build upon the Progressive Canadian initiative in Nanaimo-Ladysmith. As our M.P. I will work toward these goals.  Canadian families deserve it.”
 
Brian Marlatt
Progressive Canadian Party candidate, Nanaimo-Ladysmith
778-878-9024 brian.marlatt@pcparty.org Twitter: @PCParty1867  http://ProgressiveCanadian.ca
 
Joe Hueglin, Leader Progressive Canadian Party,
905-639-9363 info@pcparty.org

Brian Marlatt is the PC Party candidate in the General Election for Nanaimo-Ladysmith.