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B.C. Liberals break promise and reinstate course fees for adult learners

December 5, 2014 | News Releases

The B.C. Liberals broke their promise to provide free upgrading courses to adult learners by announcing that British Columbians who are upgrading their courses to qualify for post-secondary will now have to pay hundreds of dollars.

“You can’t take the Liberals at their word. They said they’d provide these courses to adults for free, but now they’re putting up roadblocks for thousands of people across the province,” said New Democrat advanced education spokesperson Kathy Corrigan.

New Democrats force government to reinstate Christmas dinner for seniors and family members

December 3, 2014 | News Releases

Outcry from the Official Opposition and New Democrat leader John Horgan forced the B.C. Liberals to admit they were wrong in their uncaring decision to limit the number of guests seniors could bring to Christmas dinner at Vancouver Island care homes.

“The opposition brought this issue to the legislature after learning that the B.C. Liberals were only allowing a fraction of residents at seniors’ care homes on Vancouver Island to bring a family member to Christmas dinner,” said New Democrat leader John Horgan.

BC New Democrats launch campaign to fight Clark's attempt to muzzle non-profit groups

November 26, 2014 | News Releases

Earlier this morning, the BC New Democrats launched a campaign at DontMuzzleBC.ca to fight proposed changes to the Society Act that would effectively muzzle non-profits and suppress free debate in British Columbia.

The BC Liberals are proposing to allow nearly anyone to file a complaint with the BC Supreme Court if they believe a non-profit group is “carrying on activities that are detrimental to the public interest.”

In an email to New Democrat supporters, Leader John Horgan outlined the potential impact of this policy:

B.C. Liberal ferry cuts will cost more than they save: study

November 17, 2014 | News Releases

An economic impact study released Monday shows B.C. Liberal ferry cuts have cost more than they saved in the Cariboo-Chilcotin Coast region.

“It’s hard to take the Liberals at their word anymore, they know what to say, but then do what they want. They promised to improve and sustain ferry services, but they didn’t bother to do an economic impact study before making reckless cuts to ferry routes. Now we know these cuts are actually costing us money,” said New Democrat leader John Horgan.

B.C. Liberals shouldn’t cancel Christmas dinner in care homes

November 7, 2014 | News Releases

The B.C. Liberal government must reverse a health authority policy restricting visiting family members from joining seniors in care homes for Christmas dinner, said New Democrat leader John Horgan.

“There is a simple solution to this bad policy: end it,” said Horgan. “What kind of misguided government would allow this to happen? Seniors deserve to have Christmas dinner with their families. What were the B.C. Liberals thinking?”

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.