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Statement from B.C. New Democrats on Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond stepping down as Independent Representative for Children and Youth

October 25, 2016 | Statements

VICTORIA – B.C. New Democrat Leader John Horgan and B.C. New Democrat children and families spokesperson Melanie Mark issued the following statement on Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond ending her term as British Columbia’s first Independent Representative for Children and Youth.

“For nearly a decade, Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond has shone a light on the stories of B.C.’s most vulnerable children. With unflinching determination she has relentlessly pursued policies that would improve the lives of children and youth in the care of the province.

Clark quietly rewards wealthy donors with minimum wage exemption for young hockey players

October 21, 2016 | News Releases

VICTORIA – The Clark government’s quiet gift to wealthy owners of WHL teams who are also B.C. Liberal party donors, makes life more difficult for young players, said New Democrat spokesperson on Jobs, Labour and Skills, Shane Simpson.

In an Order of Council quietly passed in February, Christy Clark exempted the donor owners from having to pay their players a minimum wage instead of the $250 a month reimbursement they currently receive.

Nick Lang’s story shows that Christy Clark government is failing families fighting addiction

October 20, 2016 | News Releases

VICTORIA – Nick Lang’s story shows that after years of cuts from the Christy Clark government, parents are so desperate to get their children help with addictions that they turn to the justice system so they can access services.

Lang was the subject of a report that was released on Thursday by the Independent Representative for Children and Youth, Mary Ellen Turpel Lafond, titled “Last Resort: One family’s tragic struggle to find help for their son.

B.C. New Democrat leader John Horgan puts families first with $10 a day child care

October 19, 2016 | News Releases

VANCOUVER – The Christy Clark government’s failure to invest in affordable universal child care has created a crisis for working families, and B.C. New Democrat leader John Horgan says he’ll change that with a $10 a day child care program for parents and kids across the province.

“It’s time families have an affordable, universal child care program in B.C., and we’re going to work toward a $10-a-day program. It’s the right thing to do for our kids, for working families and for our economy,” Horgan said.

Christy Clark shows how far she’ll go to close schools in Vancouver

October 17, 2016 | News Releases

VANCOUVER – Christy Clark has created more chaos for students, parents and teachers in Vancouver by having her education minister fire the Vancouver School Board, says New Democrat leader John Horgan.

“This is a terrible day for everyone in Vancouver who has been fighting so hard to keep schools open,” said Horgan. “Today we’ve learned the desperate lengths Christy Clark is prepared to go when it comes to silencing people who were standing up for public education in Vancouver.”

Clark government fails to demand and deliver “world-class” oil spill response for BC coast

October 17, 2016 | Statements

VICTORIA – New Democrat leader John Horgan issued the following statement on the grounding of the Nathan E. Stewart and associated fuel spill:

“The Nathan E. Stewart tugboat disaster proves that our oil-spill response capacity is woefully inadequate. B.C. needs better spill response capacity, whether the federal government tries to push new pipelines through B.C. or not.