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New Democrats offer leadership on agriculture

January 23, 2015 | News Releases

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.

B.C. Liberals continuing to fail kids in care, report shows

January 12, 2015 | News Releases

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.

B.C. Liberals break promise and reinstate course fees for adult learners

December 5, 2014 | News Releases

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.

New Democrats force government to reinstate Christmas dinner for seniors and family members

December 3, 2014 | News Releases

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.

BC New Democrats launch campaign to fight Clark's attempt to muzzle non-profit groups

November 26, 2014 | News Releases

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:

B.C. Liberal ferry cuts will cost more than they save: study

November 17, 2014 | News Releases

An economic impact study released Monday shows B.C. Liberal ferry cuts have cost more than they saved in the Cariboo-Chilcotin Coast region.

“It’s hard to take the Liberals at their word anymore, they know what to say, but then do what they want. They promised to improve and sustain ferry services, but they didn’t bother to do an economic impact study before making reckless cuts to ferry routes. Now we know these cuts are actually costing us money,” said New Democrat leader John Horgan.

B.C. Liberals shouldn’t cancel Christmas dinner in care homes

November 7, 2014 | News Releases

The B.C. Liberal government must reverse a health authority policy restricting visiting family members from joining seniors in care homes for Christmas dinner, said New Democrat leader John Horgan.

“There is a simple solution to this bad policy: end it,” said Horgan. “What kind of misguided government would allow this to happen? Seniors deserve to have Christmas dinner with their families. What were the B.C. Liberals thinking?”