Independent MLA Vicki Huntington has joined the Opposition Standing Committee on Agriculture and Food as vice-chair.
"I'm pleased Vicki Huntington is joining as vice-chair of the Opposition Standing Committee on Agriculture and Food," said committee chair Lana Popham. "A proven champion of B.C. agriculture, she brings a wealth of experience to the position."
The B.C. Liberal government’s admission that the mining ministry has been underfunded shows they are bracing for a scathing report this week on the Mount Polley tailings dam failure, said New Democrat leader John Horgan.
“You just can’t take Christy Clark at her word. Announcing this week that the government will increase funding to the Ministry of Energy and Mines is simply an admission that years of cuts to inspection and enforcement have hurt not only public safety but industrial development in B.C.,” said Horgan.
New Democrats are taking the unprecedented step of convening an Opposition Standing Committee on Agriculture and Food after well over a decade of B.C. Liberal neglect of the B.C. agriculture industry.
“New Democrats believe that agriculture deserves a place in the legislature and we fully intend to give it the attention it deserves.” said New Democrat Leader John Horgan.
A new report confirms that the B.C. Liberals are continuing to fail children in care, say the New Democrats.
“New numbers showing that a majority of former foster kids end up on social assistance sadly confirms what we’ve known for a long time: the Liberal government is failing B.C.’s kids in care,” said New Democrat spokesperson on children and family development Doug Donaldson.
Taking a look back at 2014, one thing is clear: it’s hard to take Premier Clark and the B.C. Liberal government at their word.
In the last 12 months, the B.C. Liberals showed that they may know what to say, but then they do whatever they want – if anything at all.
The B.C. Liberals broke their promise to provide free upgrading courses to adult learners by announcing that British Columbians who are upgrading their courses to qualify for post-secondary will now have to pay hundreds of dollars.
“You can’t take the Liberals at their word. They said they’d provide these courses to adults for free, but now they’re putting up roadblocks for thousands of people across the province,” said New Democrat advanced education spokesperson Kathy Corrigan.
Outcry from the Official Opposition and New Democrat leader John Horgan forced the B.C. Liberals to admit they were wrong in their uncaring decision to limit the number of guests seniors could bring to Christmas dinner at Vancouver Island care homes.
“The opposition brought this issue to the legislature after learning that the B.C. Liberals were only allowing a fraction of residents at seniors’ care homes on Vancouver Island to bring a family member to Christmas dinner,” said New Democrat leader John Horgan.
Earlier this morning, the BC New Democrats launched a campaign at DontMuzzleBC.ca to fight proposed changes to the Society Act that would effectively muzzle non-profits and suppress free debate in British Columbia.
The BC Liberals are proposing to allow nearly anyone to file a complaint with the BC Supreme Court if they believe a non-profit group is “carrying on activities that are detrimental to the public interest.”
In an email to New Democrat supporters, Leader John Horgan outlined the potential impact of this policy: