The release of Public Accounts today shows that the majority of the tabled surplus is actually a result of the B.C. Liberal government gouging B.C. families with increased fees and licencing costs, say the New Democrats.
“This government says they are bringing in a modest surplus, but what they aren’t telling the public is that it’s the result of charging hard-working British Columbians more for things like Medical Service Premiums,” said New Democrat finance critic Mike Farnworth.
A report released today shows that the B.C. Liberals are working hard to frustrate the public’s access to information about government activities, but failing to protect their privacy, say the New Democrats.
“The annual report from the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner shows that this government continues to make the same mistakes,” said New Democrat citizens’ services critic George Heyman.
The B.C. Liberals’ new energy program won’t do enough to help families who are struggling to afford the Liberals’ 28 per cent hydro rate hike, say the New Democrats.
“Hard-working families across British Columbia are struggling to make ends meet because of this government’s endless cost increases,” said New Democrat leader John Horgan. “This new tinkering won’t do much for the average family being gouged with a 28 per cent increase in their electricity bill.”
The review of Fraser Health highlights the serious problems that the B.C. Liberals have created in our health care system, but doesn’t do enough to fix them, say the New Democrats.
“When action was needed to address serious issues like hospital overcrowding, emergency room wait times and inadequate staffing levels in Fraser Health, the ministry failed to take action, and responded by promising this review instead,” said New Democrat health critic Judy Darcy.
The B.C. Liberals have given up on the idea of creating jobs by not building new B.C. ferries at home, say New Democrats.
“Building three new ferries is going to create a lot of good jobs in Poland that could have been filled by British Columbians,” said New Democrat ferries critic Claire Trevena. “The B.C. Liberals should have a plan in place to ensure that contracts like this worth hundreds of millions of dollars will create jobs here in B.C. and benefit our shipbuilding industry.”
After presiding over an unprecedented loss of two weeks of schooling for more than half a million students across the province, the B.C. Liberals have failed to meet their own June 30 deadline for ending their feud with B.C. teachers.
"One year ago, Premier Clark dismissed the B.C. Public School Employers Association and directly appointed a negotiator to bargain with teachers. Premier Clark told parents she could do a better job of negotiating with teachers than the school trustees they elected. She hasn't delivered," said New Democrat education critic Rob Fleming.
New Democrat leader John Horgan and multiculturalism critic Bruce Ralston issued the following statement on the annual occasion of Ramadan on behalf of the B.C. New Democrats:
As Muslims start to observe Ramadan in British Columbia, throughout Canada and around the world, New Democrats send greetings and good wishes to the Islamic community.
The holy month of Ramadan is a special time of spiritual contemplation where Muslims affirm and reinforce their ties to their faith.
Further proof that B.C. Liberal mismanagement delays justice and threatens economy
New Democrat leader John Horgan and aboriginal relations and reconciliation critic Doug Donaldson made the following statement on today’s historic Supreme Court of Canada decision that the Tsilhqot’in have Aboriginal title over lands in their traditional territory.
British Columbians should be getting more jobs from our natural resources, but the B.C. Liberals are on pace to set another record for raw log exports, say the New Democrats.
“Liberal government decisions have resulted in raw log exports dramatically rising, topping six million cubic metres for the first time in 2012 and heading towards seven million cubic metres in 2014,” said forests critic Norm Macdonald.