By John Horgan, Leader of BC’s New Democrats
The premier of British Columbia’s job is to represent the interests of British Columbians first. She is supposed to work for the people who live here, the people who are raising their families here, the people who make our province successful.
So when Premier Christy Clark announced a deal this week with Malaysian state-owned oil company Petronas for a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) plant, it was disappointing to see that she is clearly not putting the interest of British Columbians first.
VICTORIA – Well-connected Liberal insider Larry Blain won $219,000 worth of public contract work from Partnerships B.C. while he was also serving as the chair of Partnerships B.C., according to documents obtained by the New Democrats.
“It stinks,” said John Horgan, leader of B.C.’s New Democrats. “Mr. Blain was entrusted with leading a public agency that spent the public’s money. And that agency discovered that the only person who can do this work is Mr. Blain himself?”
VICTORIA – British Columbians trying to upgrade their high school courses and better their lives came to Victoria today to protest the hefty new fees imposed by the B.C. Liberals.
“There are huge human and economic costs to shutting working adults out of higher education,” said Kathy Corrigan, New Democrat spokesperson for Advanced Education. “These are hard-working people who are trying to build a better life for themselves and their families. Why on earth would the Liberals try to hold them back?”
Read Spencer Chandra Herbert's Earth Day op-ed from the Georgia Straight:
On Earth Day, we are reminded our air, land, and water is the source of all life. We must safeguard these life support systems, not just for ourselves, but for future generations. The future of our way of life depends on the choices we make today and in the coming years. That’s why on Earth Day it’s important to recognize and confront what may be the greatest challenge that has ever faced humanity—global climate change.
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New Democrat leader John Horgan and finance spokesperson Carole James were in Prince George today highlighting the struggle of families needing a break from the fees, fares and rate hikes imposed by Christy Clark in her 2015 budget.
“What we’re hearing right here in Prince George is that Hydro rate hikes are burying people in the North,” said Horgan. “Families don’t have much of a choice about turning on the heat in the winter here. Even with a good paycheque it’s hard to keep up.”
Families right across British Columbia are left wishing it was an April Fools' Day joke as they face bigger bills delivered to their mailboxes starting April 1, say New Democrats.
“Unfortunately it’s no joke – as of April 1, Premier Clark is jacking up your hydro bill another six per cent,” said New Democrat leader John Horgan.
“Ms. Clark is bankrolling her tax cut for millionaires by grinding more money out of middle class families who are already squeezed.”
New Democrat spokesperson on B.C. Hydro Adrian Dix noted the hit to people’s wallets from hydro bills.
A new generation of BC NDP volunteers are hitting the ground running in every corner of the province after two days of modern campaign training in Penticton on the weekend.
“I’m so excited about the momentum our party is building,” said Leader John Horgan. “I met so many young and talented NDP volunteers in Penticton this weekend, and I know that our party has the energy to offer a hopeful vision of making life better for hardworking BC families.”
British Columbians already stretched to their limit will face more fee and rate hikes in 2015, continue to get less in services, and pay for Premier Clark’s tax cut to the highest paid British Columbians as a result of the B.C. Liberals’ budget.
“Families are already struggling – their costs are going up and their wages are flat. As if it isn’t enough that families are being nickeled and dimed by rates and fare hikes, they are going to pay to give a break to British Columbians who need it least,” said New Democrat spokesperson on finance Carole James.