Ten days after the tailings pond failure, the B.C. Liberals have still not released the most basic documents about the Mount Polley Mine, say B.C.’s New Democrats.
“We have been calling for the full release of documents related to this mine for more than a week, and we've seen nothing from the B.C. Liberal government yet," said New Democrat Leader John Horgan.
Horgan noted that the mines ministry response to a request on behalf of the Official Opposition for a copy of the mine permit was "we are NOT sending out the permit at this time."
The B.C. Liberal government’s failure to improve ambulance service in rural and remote communities is putting lives at risk, say New Democrats.
“The untimely death of Skidegate band councillor Godfrey Williams is tragic, and the sad reality is it could have been prevented," said New Democrat Northern health spokesperson Jennifer Rice.
Premier Christy Clark is undermining public trust in resource development in B.C. with her uninformed and reckless approach to the Mount Polley tailings pond failure, say B.C.’s New Democrats.
"Premier Clark's visit to Likely yesterday raised more new questions than it answered," said New Democrat energy and mines spokesperson Norm Macdonald. "She made pronouncements about how the disaster cleanup will be paid for that simply don't add up, and dodged the question of ensuring there is a truly independent investigation."
The B.C. Liberals are showing they don’t want to hear what farmers think about their devastating changes to the Agricultural Land Reserve, say the New Democrats.
“The B.C. Liberals promised extensive consultations that would inform government as they draft regulations after ramming through legislation that undermines the ALR, but now they’re ramming through the consultation in the same way,” said New Democrat agriculture spokesperson Lana Popham.
Friday's Labour Force Survey from Statistics Canada shows that under Premier Christy Clark, B.C.'s private sector job record continues to be second worst in all of Canada.
“It’s unfortunate, but not surprising, that B.C. private sector job growth continues to be dismal considering the premier and her B.C. Liberal government are neglecting virtually every sector of the economy,” said New Democrat finance spokesperson Carole James.
The B.C. Liberals must release any and all documents related to the Mount Polley Mine tailings pond and dam, say B.C.’s New Democrats.
“The tailings pond failure at Mount Polley Mine may be the worst industrial accident in B.C. I’ve seen in my lifetime and Premier Clark and the Liberal government need to be held accountable for their role in it,” said New Democrat leader John Horgan.
New Democrat Leader John Horgan released the following statement following the Mount Polley Mine tailings pond breach:
“This breach has the potential to have a devastating effect on people, livestock and wild animals in the region for many years to come. My thoughts are with everyone who is working to understand what happened, stop continued damage and begin to remediate as best as possible what can only be described as a disastrous failure of mine infrastructure.
The B.C. Liberals have no interest in getting kids back into classrooms and bringing stability back to our schools by September, say the New Democrats.
“With five weeks left to end the disruption in the lives of B.C. families, the B.C. Liberals are preparing for failure by announcing a rebate for parents instead of focusing on getting kids back in classrooms,” said New Democrat education spokesperson Rob Fleming.
The New Democrats agree with the newly formed Northwest B.C. Resource Benefits Alliance that the B.C. Liberal government should act on their election promise to share Northern resources with Northern communities.
“New Democrats support local communities getting a good return for resources extracted in B.C.,” said New Democrat spokesperson for Northern economic development Robin Austin. “So far the Liberal election promise to negotiate a deal with Northern communities is unfulfilled. It’s time to see action and follow-through from the Liberal government."