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Fifty days after Mount Polley tailings pond failure, many questions remain

September 23, 2014 | News Releases

It’s been 50 days since the Mount Polley tailings pond failure and the community of Likely has more questions than answers, say B.C.’s New Democrats.

“Fifty days after the unprecedented tailings pond disaster in Likely, the cameras are gone, the media is gone and the government is gone,” said New Democrat Leader John Horgan. “And people are left wondering what happened, and what happens next?”

Horgan was in Likely and the region earlier this week, meeting with people and businesses and touring the mine site.

Three years later, premier has failed on her key jobs commitments

September 22, 2014 | News Releases

It’s been three years since Premier Christy Clark made her grandiose promises around job creation.

Even by her own standard, the premier has been a failure on job creation and economic development.

The Claim: In September 2011 Premier Clark began making promises about creating hundreds of thousands of jobs in British Columbia. Asked about how she would fulfill those promises, she said, “My recipe is that we grow a thriving private sector.” (The Northern View, Sept. 19, 2011).

Statement from B.C. New Democrats on tentative education deal

September 16, 2014 | Statements

New Democrat Leader John Horgan and spokesperson for education Rob Fleming released the following statement on the tentative deal reached in the education dispute:

“News that a tentative agreement has been reached is great news for students, parents, teachers and everyone who stood with them during this education dispute. We’re pleased that our province’s kids will finally be back in classrooms where they belong after the longest province-wide shutdown of schools in B.C. history.

Report shows B.C. Liberal ferry policies are costing the province

September 10, 2014 | News Releases

A report released today shows that B.C. Liberal hikes to ferry fares are causing economic damage across the province, say the New Democrats.

“This new report does the work the government should have done years ago. It connects the dots between fare hikes, falling ridership numbers, and the loss of economic activity and tax dollars,” said New Democrat ferries spokesperson Claire Trevena.

Statement on the summit between First Nations leaders and the B.C. government

September 10, 2014 | Statements

New Democrat leader John Horgan and New Democrat Aboriginal relations spokesperson Scott Fraser released the following statement on the summit between First Nations leaders and the B.C. Liberal government:

"New Democrats are pleased to see that after years of inaction the B.C. Liberal government is turning their attention towards the goal of reconciliation and building mutual respect with First Nations. This day has been too long in coming, and this opportunity must not be squandered.

Charges against B.C. Liberal operatives show premier tried to cover up Liberal party connections

September 9, 2014 | News Releases

VICTORIA – Elections Act charges laid against two B.C. Liberal operatives and a Liberal-connected communications firm show the public never got the full story from Christy Clark’s internal investigation into the “Quick Wins” scandal, say New Democrats.

“Two highly connected B.C. Liberal operatives ran a communications firm directly involved in electoral politics at the same time one of them was being paid by taxpayers to work in the provincial government, where he was also managing Liberal political projects during work hours,” said New Democrat house leader Mike Farnworth.

Backgrounder: B.C. Liberal operatives charged with Elections Act offenses

September 9, 2014

On September 8, 2014, the Ministry of Justice announced that charges had been laid against Brian Bonney, Mark Robertson and 075083 B.C. Ltd (doing business as Mainland Communications) for offences under B.C.’s Elections Act that the Crown alleges occurred between February 22, 2012 and April 19, 2012, in the period leading up to the Port Moody-Coquitlam by-election.

Mark Robertson was at the material time, and remains, a director with Premier Christy Clark‘s B.C. Liberal Party.

Statement on Deputy Minister's legal fees being covered by taxpayers

September 5, 2014 | Statements

BC NDP Leader John Horgan released the following statement:

Premier Clark has said for months that there is not enough money to pay for needed improvements in public education in this province. She has said that there’s not enough money to allow single moms on income assistance to keep their child support payments. But when it comes to her friends, the bank is open.