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B.C. Liberals undermine the environment with regulation changes

April 15, 2014 | News Releases

VICTORIA — The B.C. Liberal plan that allows gas plants and ski resorts to be built without an environmental assessment is an assault on the public interest and the environment says New Democrat environment critic Spencer Chandra Herbert.

"The B.C. Liberals are quietly gutting rules that were put in place to protect communities and the environment from the adverse effects of gas plants and ski resorts without even attempting to make their case to British Columbians for why these changes are needed," said Chandra Herbert.

B.C. Liberal emergency response policies create long waits for help

April 15, 2014 | News Releases

BURNABY – New Democrats say a series of troubling recent incidents show how the B.C. Liberal government’s changes to emergency response policies are putting patients at risk.

“Last October, B.C. Ambulance Service reclassified nearly a third of emergency calls from emergency dispatch to routine dispatch. In Burnaby, this has led to a number of incidents where people with serious injuries waited hours for medical help,” said New Democrat public safety critic Kathy Corrigan.

B.C. Liberals put politics before people in response to ICBC billing errors

April 14, 2014 | News Releases

VICTORIA – Transportation Minister Todd Stone tried to avoid scrutiny in the legislature by hiding information about ICBC’s $110-million blunder, say New Democrats.

“Rather than immediately notifying the public about this mistake – which meant many people were overbilled for years on their auto insurance – Minister Stone hid this information until after he had finished debating his ministry’s budget in the legislature,” said New Democrat ICBC critic Mable Elmore.

Government’s latest failure reinforces the need for a public inquiry, Dix says

April 14, 2014 | News Releases

VANCOUVER - The failure to press charges for the Lakeland mill explosion reinforces that a public inquiry into the government’s failure to provide workers in this province protection and justice is essential, said New Democrat Leader Adrian Dix.

“In 2012 within the span of four months, two mills exploded, four workers died and more 40 were left injured. Two years later, justice has been denied to the families of the deceased and the survivors," said Dix.

Stop child support clawbacks, say New Democrats

April 10, 2014 | News Releases

VICTORIA — It's time for the B.C. Liberal government to stop taking money out of the hands of B.C.'s poorest kids say the New Democrats.

“Child support payments belong to children, not to the government,” said New Democrat social development critic Michelle Mungall. “The B.C. Liberals' child support clawback hurts B.C.'s poorest kids.”

Ferry ridership declines as B.C. Liberals keep driving up fares

April 10, 2014 | News Releases

VICTORIA – The B.C. Liberal government needs to stop driving down ridership on B.C. Ferries by hiking fares, say the New Democrats.

“February tourism data suggests that our ferries are getting so expensive, people are choosing to fly instead,” said New Democrat ferries critic Claire Trevena.

“For more than a decade, the B.C. Liberal government has been driving up prices and driving away ferry users. The current plan to make ferries even less affordable and even less accessible will only make this problem worse.”

B.C. Liberals failing to provide services in resource development communities

April 10, 2014 | News Releases

VICTORIA – The B.C. Liberals’ failure to address rural health issues in Northern B.C. shows they aren’t prepared for the responsibility of growing local economies, say New Democrats.

“The B.C. Liberals talk a lot about liquefied natural gas and resource development, but not a lot about what it takes to actually support people in these resource development communities,” said northern and rural health critic Jennifer Rice. "The Liberals are standing by while people in the North lose access to health care services."