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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It’s been one month since the Mount Polley tailings pond failure and the B.C. Liberals have all but abandoned the region, say B.C.’s New Democrats.
“Premier Christy Clark and the B.C. Liberals briefly swooped into Likely several days after the tailings pond failure assuring the town everything was all right, but then disappeared as the bad news rolled in,” said New Democrat leader John Horgan.
New Democrat leader John Horgan has written an open letter to Premier Christy Clark on the prolonged education dispute.
In the letter, Horgan expresses disappointment with the government’s failed approach to date, and urges the premier to directly involve herself in the negotiations, and to set a new tone that respects teachers and our public education system.
September 1, 2014
The Honourable Christy Clark
PO Box 9041 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, British Columbia
Dear Premier Clark: