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Apology from B.C. Liberals victory for family of fired researcher

October 3, 2014 | Statements

New Democrat leader John Horgan released the following statement on the B.C. Liberals' apology to the family of fired health researcher Roderick MacIsaac:

“After being put through an unbearable tragedy, this apology is a victory for Mr. MacIsaac’s family. Both Linda and Doug Kayfish persisted against a government that repeatedly showed it didn’t care about how their negligent actions ruined the lives of so many people.

Premier’s words cannot be trusted – she is failing to ensure responsible LNG development can move forward

October 2, 2014 | News Releases

While Premier Christy Clark certainly knew what to say about B.C.’s LNG potential, she has not done what is needed in order to ensure responsible LNG development moves forward, said New Democrat leader John Horgan and spokesperson for natural gas development Bruce Ralston.

“Even though Premier Clark and the B.C. Liberals are completely pre-occupied with LNG to the exclusion of other important economic sectors, they are failing to do what’s needed to ensure responsible development of B.C.’s LNG potential,” said New Democrat Leader John Horgan.

Will Premier Clark live up to her commitment to Likely businesses?

September 24, 2014 | News Releases

Businesses that operate in the region near the Mount Polley mine are still waiting for Christy Clark to live up to her commitment to help deal with the damage resulting from the devastating tailings pond spill in early August.

“The premier gathered a collection of cameras to do a photo-op at Likely shortly after the spill, and she promised local business owners they could count on her to help,” said New Democrat spokesperson for mining Norm Macdonald. “But once the cameras were turned off, the premier apparently forgot about that commitment.

Report shows Premier’s Office continues to delete emails to avoid oversight

September 24, 2014 | News Releases

British Columbians have a right to know what Premier Clark’s highly paid staff are doing with their time after a Freedom of Information (FOI) report showed they continue to deliberately delete emails to avoid public oversight, say the New Democrats.

The report, from the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner, examined FOIs asking for emails sent or received by senior-ranking B.C. Liberal government officials on a specific day or over two days. The Premier’s Office claimed that there were no records matching the request.

Fifty days after Mount Polley tailings pond failure, many questions remain

September 23, 2014 | News Releases

It’s been 50 days since the Mount Polley tailings pond failure and the community of Likely has more questions than answers, say B.C.’s New Democrats.

“Fifty days after the unprecedented tailings pond disaster in Likely, the cameras are gone, the media is gone and the government is gone,” said New Democrat Leader John Horgan. “And people are left wondering what happened, and what happens next?”

Horgan was in Likely and the region earlier this week, meeting with people and businesses and touring the mine site.

Letter on ferry fare hikes from Claire Trevena to the Minister of Transportation

September 23, 2014

New Democrat spokesperson for transportation and ferries, Claire Trevena, sent Minister of Transportation Todd Stone the following letter expressing her concern about the Liberal government’s reckless ferry fare increases.

Dear Minister Stone,

Two weeks ago, the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) issued a thoughtful policy paper on the social and economic impact of continual fare increases on BC Ferries, as well as recent reductions in services to coastal communities.

Three years later, premier has failed on her key jobs commitments

September 22, 2014 | News Releases

It’s been three years since Premier Christy Clark made her grandiose promises around job creation.

Even by her own standard, the premier has been a failure on job creation and economic development.

The Claim: In September 2011 Premier Clark began making promises about creating hundreds of thousands of jobs in British Columbia. Asked about how she would fulfill those promises, she said, “My recipe is that we grow a thriving private sector.” (The Northern View, Sept. 19, 2011).

Massive cuts to Highway of Tears task force slammed by judge

September 17, 2014

The judge presiding over the trial of convicted serial killer Cody Legebokoff has slammed the B.C. Liberal government for their cuts to investigations of unsolved murders and missing women’s cases along the Highway of Tears.

The judge noted the 84 per cent cut in the budget for the Highway of Tears task force in his ruling on sentencing, saying “we simply must do better.”

Statement from B.C. New Democrats on tentative education deal

September 16, 2014 | Statements

New Democrat Leader John Horgan and spokesperson for education Rob Fleming released the following statement on the tentative deal reached in the education dispute:

“News that a tentative agreement has been reached is great news for students, parents, teachers and everyone who stood with them during this education dispute. We’re pleased that our province’s kids will finally be back in classrooms where they belong after the longest province-wide shutdown of schools in B.C. history.