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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.

Ramadan greetings from the B.C. New Democrats

June 17, 2015 | Statements

VICTORIA – New Democrat leader John Horgan and multiculturalism spokesperson Bruce Ralston issued the following statement on the occasion of Ramadan on behalf of the B.C. New Democrats:

“As Muslims start to observe Ramadan in British Columbia, throughout Canada and around the world, New Democrats send greetings and good wishes to the Islamic community.