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Spencer Chandra Herbert: Premier Christy Clark moving B.C. in wrong direction on climate change

April 22, 2015 | Statements

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.

Prince George families struggling with Hydro rates, prospects for youth

April 9, 2015 | News Releases

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.”

Bills pile up for B.C. families under Premier Christy Clark

April 1, 2015 | News Releases

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.

BC New Democrats energized by weekend of campaign training and strategy in Penticton

March 2, 2015 | News Releases

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.”

Budget 2015: $230 million tax break for the top 2%, paid for by BC families

February 17, 2015 | News Releases

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.

Christy Clark ignores families, gives top income earners a break

February 10, 2015 | News Releases

While B.C. families are paying more for everything and wages aren’t keeping up, Christy Clark has chosen to give a $230 million tax break to B.C.’s top 2 percent of income earners, says New Democrat Leader John Horgan.

“This government is out of touch with real life for B.C. families. Today, Premier Christy Clark showed she doesn’t even know who is hurting and who needs a break. She offered no comfort for British Columbians who are struggling to get by, but she is going to cut taxes for British Columbians who make $150,000 or more,” said New Democrat leader John Horgan.

B.C. Liberals take money from cities to pay for BCLC mistake

February 4, 2015 | News Releases

B.C. cities that host casinos are losing revenue because of the B.C. Liberals’ botched restructuring of the B.C. Lottery Corporation, say the New Democrats.

“First, the B.C. Liberals managed to spend $28.5 million on a restructuring project that was meant to save money, and now they're passing these costs directly on to cities that had nothing to do with this screw up,” said New Democrat gaming critic David Eby. "As if people didn't pay enough municipal property tax, now they're being asked to subsidize this government's mistakes."