Adrian Dix, leader of the B.C. New Democrats, and Maurine Karagianis, critic for women's issues, commemorated International Women’s Day and released the following statement:
“We live in a world where the lives of women and girls are less and less restricted by their gender. This is something to celebrate.
"But we must also take the time to remind ourselves that, for many women and girls, their gender means ongoing discrimination and increased risk of economic marginalization, health issues and—most chillingly—gender-based violence.
VICTORIA — New Democrats are standing with grieving families and injured workers in renewing calls for an independent public inquiry into the Babine sawmill explosion, saying it is essential for accountability and justice, and to protect other sawmill workers in B.C.
VICTORIA – Latest statistics Canada numbers show that job losses under the Liberal government are so bad, other provinces across the nation have to make up for B.C., say the New Democrats.
“We lost more jobs than the entire country somehow, which means other provinces have to make up for us. That’s an embarrassing record for this premier,” said New Democrat finance critic Mike Farnworth. “It’s no wonder thousands more people are fleeing B.C. than are coming here.
“We have the worst record in the nation for private sector jobs, and we lost more jobs last month."
VICTORIA – The independent B.C. Utility Commission is being forced to implement the Liberals’ hydro rate increases - making life less affordable for British Columbians, say the New Democrats.
“Once again, the Liberals are stripping independent government agencies of their ability to do their job of looking out for the best interests of ratepayers,” said New Democrat energy critic John Horgan. “Instead, the Liberals prefer to issue heavy handed edicts that make life less affordable for British Columbians.”
VICTORIA— Northern women deserve to know whether or not the B.C. Liberals intend to listen to the Missing Women’s Inquiry and bring in a shuttle bus along the Highway of Tears says North Coast MLA Jennifer Rice.
“If the B.C. Liberals have no plans to bring in safe, accessible transportation along the Highway of Tears, they need to be honest with communities and simply say so," said Rice.
In the legislature the New Democrat MLA asked the Minister of Justice “will the B.C. government bring in a shuttle along the Highway of Tears, yes or no?”
VICTORIA – Minister of Advanced Education Amrik Virk needs to explain more than $100,000 in irregular payments made on his watch at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, say the New Democrats.
“In addition to their disclosed salaries, at least $100,000 in payments to two university executives was hidden from public view in Kwantlen’s financial reports,” said New Democrat leader Adrian Dix.
Dix and New Democrat advanced education critic David Eby raised questions in the legislature Wednesday about why the payments were hidden and proper salary disclosure procedures were ignored.
VICTORIA – New Democrats pressed the Liberal government Monday for a specialized health clinic to combat the devastating health consequences of treatment for pediatric cancers.
New Democrat health critic Judy Darcy raised the issue in the legislature Monday morning, as advocates for a specialized clinic– who gathered from around the province – watched from the gallery.