VICTORIA – Taking meaningful action on climate change to protect British Columbia’s environment and the economy from its effects doesn’t matter to Christy Clark, says New Democrat environment spokesperson George Heyman.
“She has announced a plan that will do less, more slowly than British Columbia’s formerly world-leading strategy,” said Heyman, “Christy Clark went to the Paris climate change negotiations with a personal videographer but as soon as the photo opportunity passed, so did her interest.”
VANCOUVER – Christy Clark’s B.C. Liberal government has made ferries unaffordable for coastal British Columbians, said New Democrat spokesperson on ferries Claire Trevena.
“British Columbians are being squeezed by the Christy Clark government every which way they turn. The B.C. Ferries annual report shows that a decade of fare hikes and mismanagement has left coastal residents footing the bill to keep our province’s ferry system afloat,” said Trevena.
VICTORIA – Christy Clark’s eleventh-hour education funding isn’t about kids, it’s about bad headlines, say the New Democrats.
“The premier was content to underfund education for years, forcing school districts into heartbreaking and disruptive decisions to close schools and cancel programs,” said New Democrat education spokesperson Rob Fleming.
“Now we’re in an election year, and Christy Clark is desperate to get rid of her bad headlines. That’s why she and her ministers are popping up across the province with random acts of education funding.”
KELOWNA – As families struggle to afford the high cost of living under the Christy Clark government, rising campground fees in B.C. Parks threaten one of the last options for affordable family vacations, says New Democrat Leader John Horgan.
“Christy Clark raised B.C. Parks camping fees yet again this year, and families have never had so much trouble booking a spot for a vacation,” said Horgan, speaking from Okanagan Lake Provincial Park, where camping fees went up more than 16 percent just last year.
KAMLOOPS – People in Kamloops know it is getting harder to find affordable housing, and New Democrat leader John Horgan says that’s because the Christy Clark government ignored the problem until it spiraled out of control.
“Here in Kamloops, people are telling me their biggest concern right now is affordability. I’m hearing that it’s really hard to find affordable housing to rent, let alone buy.”
Horgan visited Kamloops Wednesday, and spoke with media alongside residents and activists concerned about the availability of affordable housing in the region.
Vancouver – New Democrats are demanding answers from Premier Christy Clark about why her chief B.C. Liberal Party fundraiser had details about the new tax on foreign real estate buyers weeks before other British Columbians.
“Premier Clark put the interests of one of her biggest donors and the head of her fundraising efforts for the B.C. Liberal Party ahead of the interests of all British Columbians struggling to afford real estate, and ahead of other real estate businesses in the province. It’s appalling,” said David Eby, New Democrat spokesperson for housing.