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Alarming MCFD staff shortages putting children at risk

October 8, 2015 | News Releases

VICTORIA – A new report from the Representative for Children and Youth reveals that the B.C. Liberals have been misleading the public in response to questions about children dying in government care.

“We have 200 fewer social workers in B.C. today than we did in 2002. Premier Clark calls that an increase,” said New Democrat children’s spokesperson Doug Donaldson.

“It’s heartbreaking to ask about children who are suffering, children whose lives were cut short. It’s even more heartbreaking to learn those questions were answered with insincerity and spin.”

Cancellation of child protection committee meetings is the worst form of politics

October 2, 2015 | News Releases

VICTORIA – The B.C. Liberals have cancelled parliamentary meetings aimed at protecting vulnerable children, say the New Democrats.

“This is the worst kind of politics,” says New Democrat spokesperson for children and families Doug Donaldson.

“At a time when we’re seeing children’s lives tragically lost in care of this government, we should be doing everything we can to help turn things around,” said Donaldson.

Time for Minister Cadieux to resign, neglect of children to end, says Horgan

September 25, 2015 | News Releases

VICTORIA – New Democrat Leader John Horgan has released an open letter to the Premier, calling her to give recent tragic deaths of children in care the attention they deserve – starting with firing the Minister of Children and Family Development.
“People have no confidence that the Province of BC is taking care of children,” said Horgan. “Fourteen years of cuts, underfunding and neglect have brought us to this sad day.”

Read Horgan's open letter to the Christy Clark.

British Columbians deserve better than the premier’s four years of broken LNG promises

September 18, 2015 | Statements

This week marks the four-year anniversary of Christy Clark’s broken LNG promises.

In September 2011, the premier began promising that LNG would bring a windfall of jobs and riches to the province and that an LNG plant would be up-and-running by 2015.

Christy Clark Promise: “At least one LNG pipeline and terminal online by 2015 and have three in operation by 2020” (B.C. Jobs Plan, September 2011)

British Columbians working for minimum wage deserve better, says NDP

September 15, 2015 | Statements

VICTORIA – New Democrat spokesperson for Economic Development, Jobs, Labour and Skills, Shane Simpson, released the following statement on the dismal $0.20 increase to the minimum wage that went into effect Tuesday:

“For British Columbians feeling squeezed by endless rate hikes and fee increases under Premier Christy Clark, her dismal $0.20 increase to the minimum wage will barely make a dent. British Columbians deserve better.

Op-ed: Labour Day Means Supporting Workers Every Day

September 4, 2015 | Statements

By New Democrat spokesperson on labour Shane Simpson

Labour Day is a day to celebrate the achievements of working people, and to renew our efforts to make things better. B.C.’s New Democrats are dedicated to making changes that support workers, ensuring they have good working conditions and get paid a fair wage.