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Premier Clark admits health firing scandal needs more investigation

July 3, 2015 | Statements

VICTORIA – New Democrat leader John Horgan released the following statement in response to the government’s request that the Standing Committee on Finance ask the Ombudsperson to conduct an investigation into the health firings scandal:

“After months of insisting there was nothing more to learn about the BC Liberals health firings scandal, Premier Christy Clark has finally conceded that the matter needs further investigation.

Metro Vancouver residents left stranded by Premier Clark’s failure of leadership

July 2, 2015 | News Releases

VANCOUVER — New Democrat Leader John Horgan released the following statement on the ‘No’ result in the transportation plebiscite:

“The overwhelming ‘No’ vote in the transportation plebiscite is the result of 10 years of meddling and broken promises by the B.C. Liberals in a system that more than 418,000 people rely on every single day to get to work, to get to school, to live their lives.

Statement on one year anniversary of the Tsilhqot'in decision

June 26, 2015 | Statements

VICTORIA – John Horgan Leader of B.C.’s New Democrats, made the following statement recognizing the one year anniversary of the Tsilhqot'in decision:

“One year ago today Canada’s Supreme Court issued a historic decision, a decision that affirmed the legal necessity of acknowledging and respecting Aboriginal rights and title.

“This decision marked a great day not just for the Tsilhqot'in people, but for First Nations across British Columbia, and throughout the country, who have been fighting for recognition for much too long.

Premier Clark is deliberately hiding the truth: Horgan

June 24, 2015 | News Releases

VICTORIA – John Horgan, Leader of B.C.’s New Democrats, says Premier Christy Clark cannot continue to ignore calls for an independent public inquiry in the health firings scandal.

“This is a cover-up, plain and simple,” Horgan said. “Premier Clark is deliberately hiding the truth from the people of British Columbia. The very people whose privacy the premier claims to be suddenly concerned with are the ones calling for the inquiry.”

B.C. Liberals allow overseas corporation to decide fate of ALR land use

June 19, 2015 | News Releases

VICTORIA – After the B.C. Liberals ignored numerous concerns about ALR land misuse – the Cariboo communities and New Democrat agriculture spokesperson Lana Popham have finally been heard.

“We reached out to the government about the misuse of ALR land countless times, but Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick never made the issue a priority,” said Popham. “Although it wasn’t a government priority, our advocacy efforts have seem to be heard and addressed by Reckitt Benckiser, a company currently using over 10,500 hectares of ALR land for a carbon credit scheme.”

Jumbo money must go to real communities

June 19, 2015 | News Releases

VICTORIA – John Horgan, Leader of B.C.’s New Democrats, called on Premier Christy Clark today to declare the Jumbo resort project finished and redirect the earmarked “municipal” funds to communities where people actually live.

Environment Minister Mary Polak announced yesterday that the Jumbo resort’s environmental assessment certificate had expired without any substantial work completed over a decade, effectively killing the project in its current form.

Op-Ed: Truth and Reconciliation Report must lead to bold action

June 18, 2015 | News Releases

National Aboriginal Day is a day for all Canadians to reflect on the contributions Aboriginal people have made to our country. It is also a day to reflect on the troubled relationships that our governments continue to have with First Nations communities, communities which were on this land long before our laws and our governments arrived.
This National Aboriginal Day bears special significance. It comes at a time when Canadians are being asked to consider the hard truths put forward by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.