Lack of transparency undermines public confidence in B.C. mining industry, say New Democrats

August 26, 2014

The B.C. Liberals’ efforts to shield key documents on mine safety incidents from public scrutiny are undermining public confidence in the B.C. mining industry, say B.C.’s New Democrats.

“The Mount Polley tailings pond failure was an unprecedented disaster in B.C.,” said New Democrat spokesperson for energy and mines Norm Macdonald. “The Liberal government’s failure to provide the public with complete information about the tailings pond failure and the safety record of other tailings facilities in B.C. is undermining public trust in resource development.”

ICBC rate hike the B.C. Liberals’ latest blow to affordability

August 26, 2014 | News Releases

The B.C. Liberals are allowing rates to skyrocket at ICBC, making life even less affordable for British Columbians, say the New Democrats.

“The 5.2-per-cent hike proposed today follows years of hikes by Premier Christy Clark’s government,” said New Democrat ICBC spokesperson Mable Elmore. “While she has been premier, her government has brought in big rate hikes in three out of four years, increasing rates by a total of 23 per cent – that’s $140 more every year for the average driver.”

Education minister neglecting families and playing politics with education

August 22, 2014 | News Releases

The B.C. Liberals must focus on getting children back in school instead of making things worse by finger-pointing in media interviews, say B.C.’s New Democrats.

“Instead of developing a substantive proposal for addressing class size and composition levels, Liberal Education Minister Peter Fassbender is threatening even more chaos in our education system by pointing fingers at others,” said New Democrat education spokesperson Rob Fleming.

B.C. Liberals hurting families with kids with special needs by dragging on school closures

August 21, 2014 | News Releases

The B.C. Liberals’ failure to get children back into classrooms is disproportionately hurting families of children with special needs, say B.C.’s New Democrats.

“The B.C. Liberals’ failure to get a deal with teachers means students with special needs are going to suffer because they’re not in school where they belong and can’t get the support they need,” said Judy Darcy, MLA for New Westminster.

“It hurts the families of these children too, who are not being provided with options for the special care their children need while schools remain closed,” said Darcy.

Liberals refuse to release Mount Polley Mine documents

August 14, 2014 | News Releases

Ten days after the tailings pond failure, the B.C. Liberals have still not released the most basic documents about the Mount Polley Mine, say B.C.’s New Democrats.

“We have been calling for the full release of documents related to this mine for more than a week, and we've seen nothing from the B.C. Liberal government yet," said New Democrat Leader John Horgan.

Horgan noted that the mines ministry response to a request on behalf of the Official Opposition for a copy of the mine permit was "we are NOT sending out the permit at this time."

Bill 24 consultations ignore voices of farmers

August 8, 2014 | News Releases

The B.C. Liberals are showing they don’t want to hear what farmers think about their devastating changes to the Agricultural Land Reserve, say the New Democrats.

“The B.C. Liberals promised extensive consultations that would inform government as they draft regulations after ramming through legislation that undermines the ALR, but now they’re ramming through the consultation in the same way,” said New Democrat agriculture spokesperson Lana Popham.