Any LNG projects developed in BC should only be allowed to proceed if they expressly guarantee good-paying jobs and training opportunitiesfor BC workers, and benefits for families and communities in every part of the province, said BC New Democrat leader John Horgan in his speech to the Union of BC Municipalities today in Whistler.
Businesses that operate in the region near the Mount Polley mine are still waiting for Christy Clark to live up to her commitment to help deal with the damage resulting from the devastating tailings pond spill in early August.
“The premier gathered a collection of cameras to do a photo-op at Likely shortly after the spill, and she promised local business owners they could count on her to help,” said New Democrat spokesperson for mining Norm Macdonald. “But once the cameras were turned off, the premier apparently forgot about that commitment.
British Columbians have a right to know what Premier Clark’s highly paid staff are doing with their time after a Freedom of Information (FOI) report showed they continue to deliberately delete emails to avoid public oversight, say the New Democrats.
The report, from the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner, examined FOIs asking for emails sent or received by senior-ranking B.C. Liberal government officials on a specific day or over two days. The Premier’s Office claimed that there were no records matching the request.
It’s been 50 days since the Mount Polley tailings pond failure and the community of Likely has more questions than answers, say B.C.’s New Democrats.
“Fifty days after the unprecedented tailings pond disaster in Likely, the cameras are gone, the media is gone and the government is gone,” said New Democrat Leader John Horgan. “And people are left wondering what happened, and what happens next?”
Horgan was in Likely and the region earlier this week, meeting with people and businesses and touring the mine site.
New Democrat spokesperson for transportation and ferries, Claire Trevena, sent Minister of Transportation Todd Stone the following letter expressing her concern about the Liberal government’s reckless ferry fare increases.
Dear Minister Stone,
Two weeks ago, the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) issued a thoughtful policy paper on the social and economic impact of continual fare increases on BC Ferries, as well as recent reductions in services to coastal communities.
It’s been three years since Premier Christy Clark made her grandiose promises around job creation.
Even by her own standard, the premier has been a failure on job creation and economic development.
The Claim: In September 2011 Premier Clark began making promises about creating hundreds of thousands of jobs in British Columbia. Asked about how she would fulfill those promises, she said, “My recipe is that we grow a thriving private sector.” (The Northern View, Sept. 19, 2011).
The judge presiding over the trial of convicted serial killer Cody Legebokoff has slammed the B.C. Liberal government for their cuts to investigations of unsolved murders and missing women’s cases along the Highway of Tears.
The judge noted the 84 per cent cut in the budget for the Highway of Tears task force in his ruling on sentencing, saying “we simply must do better.”
New Democrat Leader John Horgan and spokesperson for education Rob Fleming released the following statement on the tentative deal reached in the education dispute:
“News that a tentative agreement has been reached is great news for students, parents, teachers and everyone who stood with them during this education dispute. We’re pleased that our province’s kids will finally be back in classrooms where they belong after the longest province-wide shutdown of schools in B.C. history.
A report released today shows that B.C. Liberal hikes to ferry fares are causing economic damage across the province, say the New Democrats.
“This new report does the work the government should have done years ago. It connects the dots between fare hikes, falling ridership numbers, and the loss of economic activity and tax dollars,” said New Democrat ferries spokesperson Claire Trevena.