The B.C. Liberals’ efforts to shield key documents on mine safety incidents from public scrutiny are undermining public confidence in the B.C. mining industry, say B.C.’s New Democrats.
“The Mount Polley tailings pond failure was an unprecedented disaster in B.C.,” said New Democrat spokesperson for energy and mines Norm Macdonald. “The Liberal government’s failure to provide the public with complete information about the tailings pond failure and the safety record of other tailings facilities in B.C. is undermining public trust in resource development.”
The B.C. Liberals are allowing rates to skyrocket at ICBC, making life even less affordable for British Columbians, say the New Democrats.
“The 5.2-per-cent hike proposed today follows years of hikes by Premier Christy Clark’s government,” said New Democrat ICBC spokesperson Mable Elmore. “While she has been premier, her government has brought in big rate hikes in three out of four years, increasing rates by a total of 23 per cent – that’s $140 more every year for the average driver.”
The B.C. Liberals must focus on getting children back in school instead of making things worse by finger-pointing in media interviews, say B.C.’s New Democrats.
“Instead of developing a substantive proposal for addressing class size and composition levels, Liberal Education Minister Peter Fassbender is threatening even more chaos in our education system by pointing fingers at others,” said New Democrat education spokesperson Rob Fleming.
The B.C. Liberals’ failure to get children back into classrooms is disproportionately hurting families of children with special needs, say B.C.’s New Democrats.
“The B.C. Liberals’ failure to get a deal with teachers means students with special needs are going to suffer because they’re not in school where they belong and can’t get the support they need,” said Judy Darcy, MLA for New Westminster.
“It hurts the families of these children too, who are not being provided with options for the special care their children need while schools remain closed,” said Darcy.
Ten days after the tailings pond failure, the B.C. Liberals have still not released the most basic documents about the Mount Polley Mine, say B.C.’s New Democrats.
“We have been calling for the full release of documents related to this mine for more than a week, and we've seen nothing from the B.C. Liberal government yet," said New Democrat Leader John Horgan.
Horgan noted that the mines ministry response to a request on behalf of the Official Opposition for a copy of the mine permit was "we are NOT sending out the permit at this time."
The B.C. Liberal government’s failure to improve ambulance service in rural and remote communities is putting lives at risk, say New Democrats.
“The untimely death of Skidegate band councillor Godfrey Williams is tragic, and the sad reality is it could have been prevented," said New Democrat Northern health spokesperson Jennifer Rice.
Premier Christy Clark is undermining public trust in resource development in B.C. with her uninformed and reckless approach to the Mount Polley tailings pond failure, say B.C.’s New Democrats.
"Premier Clark's visit to Likely yesterday raised more new questions than it answered," said New Democrat energy and mines spokesperson Norm Macdonald. "She made pronouncements about how the disaster cleanup will be paid for that simply don't add up, and dodged the question of ensuring there is a truly independent investigation."