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Death of former youth in care a preventable tragedy

December 2, 2016 | Statements

VICTORIA – New Democrat Leader John Horgan issued the following statement on the death of a 19 year old girl who just recently aged out of government care:

“I woke up this morning to news that another young woman has died shortly after aging out of government care. While we don’t know the details of this young woman’s life, we know how she died. Alone. In a tent. In some bushes in Surrey.

Evergreen line finally opening – over budget and late, contrary to Christy Clark government’s claim

December 2, 2016 | News Releases

COQUITLAM – The New Democrats are happy to see the Evergreen Line finally open, but would be even happier if the Christy Clark government’s claim that it was on budget and on time was actually true.

“We’re happy that the Evergreen Line is finally open, but it is two years late and $173 million over budget,” said Selina Robinson, New Democrat MLA for Coquitlam-Maillardville.

Kinder Morgan project shows Christy Clark failed to protect B.C. coast

November 29, 2016 | News Releases

VANCOUVER – The federal approval of the Kinder Morgan pipeline project shows that Christy Clark has failed to protect B.C.’s coast, says B.C. New Democrat Leader John Horgan.

“Instead of doing the right thing for B.C., Christy Clark put our coast in the hands of the Harper government,” said Horgan. “Christy Clark accepted the federal government’s secretive and inadequate review as B.C.’s review – despite knowing it would put our coast, and thousands of good B.C. jobs that depend on it, at risk.

Horgan pledges to improve B.C. asbestos rules, protect workers

November 29, 2016 | News Releases

VANCOUVER – A B.C. New Democrat government would address the leading cause of work-related deaths in B.C. by bringing in a mandatory contractor licencing and worker certification program for asbestos removal, says New Democrat Leader John Horgan.

“Asbestos exposure is responsible for nearly half of all workplace fatalities in B.C., and it’s an ongoing problem – up to 25,000 B.C. workers are put in danger every year,” said Horgan.

Clark government has failed to protect B.C. softwood interests, New Democrats say

November 25, 2016 | News Releases

VICTORIA – Friday’s announcement of potential sanctions against B.C. lumber show that Christy Clark has failed to make sure British Columbia’s interests are a priority for the federal government, say the New Democrats.

The protectionist U.S. lumber lobby has asked the U.S. Department of Commerce to set in motion actions that could lead to duties on Canadian softwood.