VICTORIA – The B.C. Liberal government is ignoring a report from the City of Prince Rupert that warned that ferry service cuts will do serious and widespread damage to the northern B.C. economy, say the New Democrats.
“Today we asked the B.C. Liberal ferries minister why his government failed to do a single economic impact study prior to announcing its ferry service cuts, and asked why he refuses to back down from these damaging cuts,” said North Coast MLA Jennifer Rice.
VICTORIA – The B.C. Liberal government found jobs for their political allies, but has failed for 30 months to help the thousands of other British Columbians looking for work, say the New Democrats.
“Thirty months ago, the premier told British Columbians that creating employment was her ‘primary mission.’ B.C. has the worst record of private sector job creation in this country over those 30 months. Last month alone, this province lost 10,400 jobs,” said New Democrat finance critic Mike Farnworth.
VICTORIA – New Democrat labour critic Harry Bains released the following statement on the dispute between the truck drivers and Port Metro Vancouver:
“All sides must do everything they can to avoid more disruption at the port. Port Metro Vancouver is a vital link and key driver of economic activity. Continued disruption will only hurt businesses, the economy and our reputation abroad.
"More than 1,200 truckers have been off the job since February 26, and over 300 more joined them today.
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.”