VICTORIA – Fentanyl overdoses are projected to claim a record number of lives in British Columbia this year, but the BC Liberal government has failed to provide adequate, accessible pathways to treatment for people and families desperately seeking mental health and addiction services, said New Democrat leader John Horgan.
Raj Sihota is now the first woman of South Asian descent to hold the top staff position at a major political party in BC. Appointed in August, Sihota is Provincial Director of the BC NDP as the party prepares for the May 2017 election.
Born and raised in Kamloops to a forest industry family, Sihota got involved in politics as a student at the University of British Columbia. She has played key roles in many elections including the recent by-election wins in Coquitlam and Vancouver where MLAs Melanie Mark and Jodie Wickens were elected.
BURNABY – A New Democrat government would end a B.C. Liberal policy that has stopped post-secondary institutions from building student housing, and made the search for housing increasingly desperate for B.C. students and non-students alike, says B.C. New Democrat leader John Horgan.
VICTORIA – New Democrat finance spokesperson, Carole James, released the following statement in response to the government’s announcement to drop payday loan rates in 2017:
“B.C. has the highest rate of working-age people living in poverty, and while decreasing high payday loan rates is a small step in the right direction, it’s not enough. After years of doing nothing, the Christy Clark government is – right before an election – feeling pressure to act.
VANCOUVER – The same day that New Democrat leader John Horgan committed to breaking the transportation funding gridlock in Metro Vancouver by increasing the provincial share of capital funding for public transportation improvements to 40 per cent, Premier Christy Clark sent out her minister responsible to say “no” to increased funding and to tell Metro mayors and commuters to “suck it up” and find the money themselves.