British Columbians already stretched to their limit will face more fee and rate hikes in 2015, continue to get less in services, and pay for Premier Clark’s tax cut to the highest paid British Columbians as a result of the B.C. Liberals’ budget.
“Families are already struggling – their costs are going up and their wages are flat. As if it isn’t enough that families are being nickeled and dimed by rates and fare hikes, they are going to pay to give a break to British Columbians who need it least,” said New Democrat spokesperson on finance Carole James.
While B.C. families are paying more for everything and wages aren’t keeping up, Christy Clark has chosen to give a $230 million tax break to B.C.’s top 2 percent of income earners, says New Democrat Leader John Horgan.
“This government is out of touch with real life for B.C. families. Today, Premier Christy Clark showed she doesn’t even know who is hurting and who needs a break. She offered no comfort for British Columbians who are struggling to get by, but she is going to cut taxes for British Columbians who make $150,000 or more,” said New Democrat leader John Horgan.
B.C. cities that host casinos are losing revenue because of the B.C. Liberals’ botched restructuring of the B.C. Lottery Corporation, say the New Democrats.
“First, the B.C. Liberals managed to spend $28.5 million on a restructuring project that was meant to save money, and now they're passing these costs directly on to cities that had nothing to do with this screw up,” said New Democrat gaming critic David Eby. "As if people didn't pay enough municipal property tax, now they're being asked to subsidize this government's mistakes."
Independent MLA Vicki Huntington has joined the Opposition Standing Committee on Agriculture and Food as vice-chair.
"I'm pleased Vicki Huntington is joining as vice-chair of the Opposition Standing Committee on Agriculture and Food," said committee chair Lana Popham. "A proven champion of B.C. agriculture, she brings a wealth of experience to the position."
The B.C. Liberal government’s admission that the mining ministry has been underfunded shows they are bracing for a scathing report this week on the Mount Polley tailings dam failure, said New Democrat leader John Horgan.
“You just can’t take Christy Clark at her word. Announcing this week that the government will increase funding to the Ministry of Energy and Mines is simply an admission that years of cuts to inspection and enforcement have hurt not only public safety but industrial development in B.C.,” said Horgan.
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.
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.