VICTORIA- For the past two days, Advanced Education Minister Amrik Virk has been telling British Columbians he doesn't know what it will mean when changes to federal government funding for English as a Second Language (ESL) programs are implemented in the spring. But this morning the federal minister in charge revealed that the B.C. government is fully on board with the changes.
Minister Virk needs to explain why he didn’t tell the public the B.C. Liberal government supports the federal government’s plan to take ESL funding from B.C. universities and colleges.
VICTORIA — Women in the Bella Coola Valley could lose a mammography screening program if reckless Liberal cuts to ferry services on the north and central coast and Haida Gwaii go ahead, say New Democrats.
“This is just another example of the wide ripple effect that these cuts will have – not just on the long-term prosperity of our region and key industries like tourism, but also on the health of the people who live here,” said New Democrat North Coast MLA Jennifer Rice.
VICTORIA — In meetings that will wrap up Wednesday evening, people in the coastal communities affected by the Liberal government’s ferry service cuts have exposed these cuts as reckless and short-sighted, say New Democrats.
“Unlike Transportation Minister Todd Stone, I attended many of these events, as did my fellow MLAs,” said New Democrat ferries critic Claire Trevena.
While some of the long-term effects of these cuts are not yet apparent, at consultations up and down the coast, residents of ferry-dependent communities have told the government what their communities stand to lose today if these cuts go ahead. Here are just a few examples:
VICTORIA — New Democrat leader Adrian Dix and women’s issues critic Maurine Karagianis issued the following statement in recognition of the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women:
Today, we are joining thousands of other Canadians in remembering 14 young women who were killed at Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal 24 years ago today.