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BC Liberals’ rule change protects staffers who destroy records

June 1, 2015 | News Releases

VICTORIA – Two days before last week’s disclosure about deleted FOI emails on the Highway of Tears, the BC Liberals changed the rules to protect staff who destroy documents.

“It is very disturbing that minister’s staff deleted information requested about missing women in British Columbia,” said New Democrat leader John Horgan. “It strikes to the core of this government’s integrity. Knowing that there are no criminal penalties for these actions is even more troubling.”

Former staffer’s allegations expose Clark Government’s focus on secrecy and self preservation

May 28, 2015

VICTORIA – A former executive assistant to the Minister of Transportation is alleging he was ordered to destroy more than a dozen emails requested under the Freedom of Information Act in November of 2014.

“These are shocking accusations,” said John Horgan, leader of B.C.’s New Democrats. “If these claims are true, they speak volumes about this government’s obsessive need for secrecy and its contempt for the public. This is like keeping the paper shredder running in the back room all night; it’s a symptom of a sick government.”

Op-ed: Desperate premier selling British Columbians short on LNG

May 22, 2015 | News Releases

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.

Liberal insider wins contracts from the agency he leads

May 13, 2015 | News Releases

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?”

New Liberal fees shut working adults out of higher education

May 4, 2015 | Statements

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?”

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.