VICTORIA – John Horgan, leader of the B.C. New Democrats, issued the following statement on the Day of Mourning for B.C. workers who have lost their lives on the job:
“Today we will lower the flag at the B.C. legislature to half-mast. And inside the legislature, MLAs will observe a moment of silence.
VICTORIA – B.C. New Democrat leader John Horgan released the following statement in advance of Earth Day on April 22:
“Earth Day is an opportunity to remind ourselves of our shared duty to protect the air, land, and water of British Columbia. That means committing to a real plan to address climate change. It means taking action to protect habitat for B.C.’s wildlife. And it means standing up to a government that is failing in its duty to protect our clean water.
VICTORIA – At a time when many British Columbians are seeing B.C. Liberal policies benefit only the rich, New Democrats are introducing legislation aimed at tackling poverty and creating economic inclusion in the province.
If passed, the Poverty Reduction and Economic Inclusion Act would mandate government to develop a poverty reduction strategy within one year, and legislate specific targets and timelines to reduce poverty and the impact it has on families.
VICTORIA – New Democrat MLA Jennifer Rice introduced a bill today that would prevent more children being exposed to elevated lead levels in their drinking water.
“Parents in this province should have peace of mind when they send their children off to school. They should have confidence that every possible measure is being taken to keep them safe. Right now, Christy Clark and her government are refusing to address the problem of water contamination in schools, and that refusal is putting children at risk,” said Rice.
VICTORIA – New Democrat spokesperson for education Rob Fleming released the following statement on the $27 million budget shortfall that the Vancouver School Board is facing:
“The $27 million shortfall to the Vancouver School Board budget is just another example of the systemic underfunding that school boards across British Columbia are facing from the Christy Clark government.
VICTORIA – New Democrat leader John Horgan and New Democrat environment spokesperson George Heyman released the following statements recognizing World Water Day:
“Today on World Water Day we celebrate a major victory for Shawnigan Lake residents who have been fighting for years to protect the safety of their water. In 2013, the Christy Clark government granted permission for a company to dump 100,000 tonnes of contaminated soil uphill from the community’s water source. On Monday, the B.C. Supreme Court ruled that soil dumping is not a permitted use on the property. It’s great news for Shawnigan Lake residents and for all those who have supported them.
“Here in British Columbia, protecting fresh water is a growing concern. Water is life – it is of fundamental importance to ecological health and sustains our communities and economies across the province. On World Water Day, let’s celebrate our wealth of magnificent rivers, lakes, aquifers, and watersheds, and acknowledge that bad decisions can put this life-sustaining resource at risk.”