Vancouver – New Democrat leader Adrian Dix issued the following statement on the passing of Nelson Mandela, human rights leader and former President of the Republic of South Africa:
Nelson Mandela lived an extraordinary life that was at the heart of humankind's progress towards social justice, human rights and equality. He was and remains an inspiration to everyone who struggles for freedom and the equality of all people.
Since Christy Clark ran for leader of the B.C Liberals, she has adopted multiple positions on the Senate. Sometimes she has changed position because her earlier position was factually wrong, such as her claim that B.C. could be given 10 extra senators without a constitutional amendment. At other times, she has changed her position as the political winds have changed or to suit her own narrow political interests.
VICTORIA – New Democrat CLBC critic Jenny Kwan released the following statement in recognition of the United Nation’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities:
The International Day of Persons with Disabilities was created to promote awareness and understanding of the unique challenges faced by people with disabilities and to encourage countries across the world to create inclusive communities and support measures that improve the lives of people with disabilities.
Vancouver–The B.C. Liberals are asking schoolchildren to pay the price for their incompetent and deceptive management of B.C. Hydro, say New Democrats.
"Liberal Education Minister Peter Fassbender is advising school boards - and the parents, students and teachers that make up the district - that they cope with the Liberals' 25 per cent Hydro rate hike by shutting down valuable local schools.
VICTORIA – The B.C. Liberals need to turn our ferry system around, and the first step is recognizing that this system is a key part of our transportation infrastructure, say New Democrats.
In October, New Democrat ferries critic Claire Trevena toured the Washington State ferry system, which, as compared to B.C. Ferries, maintains far better affordability for users and more modest pay for executives, and which saw a growth in ridership last year. Trevena released a report of her findings today.
VICTORIA – A devastating hydro rate hike announced today is the result of more than a decade of Liberal mismanagement of our utility, say the New Democrats.
“The Liberal government’s 15.6-per-cent hydro rate hike over the next two years means the average customer will pay $166 more per year,” said New Democrat energy critic John Horgan. “British Columbians who heat their home with electricity will face a much larger hike to their bill.
“For some families in the North, it may mean the choice between being warm in the winter or a healthy meal every night for the family.”