Statement by New Democrat MLAs on the ferry accident in South Korea

April 17, 2014 | Statements

New Democrat MLAs Jane Shin (Burnaby-Lougheed) and Selina Robinson (Coquitlam-Maillardville) issued the following statement on the South Korean ferry carrying 475 passengers that sank near Mokpo on its way to Jeju Island on Wednesday, April 16:

“Burnaby and Coquitlam are home to many residents and international students with close ties to South Korea. We join them in mourning this devastating tragedy.

Reversal of changes to gas plant and ski hill assessment exposes cost of BC Liberal failure to consult

April 17, 2014 | News Releases

VICTORIA — The B.C. Liberal government’s chaotic approach to environmental assessment changes creates an atmosphere of distrust and uncertainty for communities, First Nations and industry that will only slow down industrial projects, say B.C.'s New Democrats.

“What the B.C. Liberals don’t seem to understand is that ramming through changes to the rules that protect our air, land and water, without the support of the public and First Nations, doesn't speed anything up and it isn't better for industry in the long run,” said New Democrat environment critic Spencer Chandra Herbert.

B.C. Liberals undermine the environment with regulation changes

April 15, 2014 | News Releases

VICTORIA — The B.C. Liberal plan that allows gas plants and ski resorts to be built without an environmental assessment is an assault on the public interest and the environment says New Democrat environment critic Spencer Chandra Herbert.

"The B.C. Liberals are quietly gutting rules that were put in place to protect communities and the environment from the adverse effects of gas plants and ski resorts without even attempting to make their case to British Columbians for why these changes are needed," said Chandra Herbert.

B.C. Liberal emergency response policies create long waits for help

April 15, 2014 | News Releases

BURNABY – New Democrats say a series of troubling recent incidents show how the B.C. Liberal government’s changes to emergency response policies are putting patients at risk.

“Last October, B.C. Ambulance Service reclassified nearly a third of emergency calls from emergency dispatch to routine dispatch. In Burnaby, this has led to a number of incidents where people with serious injuries waited hours for medical help,” said New Democrat public safety critic Kathy Corrigan.

B.C. Liberals put politics before people in response to ICBC billing errors

April 14, 2014 | News Releases

VICTORIA – Transportation Minister Todd Stone tried to avoid scrutiny in the legislature by hiding information about ICBC’s $110-million blunder, say New Democrats.

“Rather than immediately notifying the public about this mistake – which meant many people were overbilled for years on their auto insurance – Minister Stone hid this information until after he had finished debating his ministry’s budget in the legislature,” said New Democrat ICBC critic Mable Elmore.

Government’s latest failure reinforces the need for a public inquiry, Dix says

April 14, 2014 | News Releases

VANCOUVER - The failure to press charges for the Lakeland mill explosion reinforces that a public inquiry into the government’s failure to provide workers in this province protection and justice is essential, said New Democrat Leader Adrian Dix.

“In 2012 within the span of four months, two mills exploded, four workers died and more 40 were left injured. Two years later, justice has been denied to the families of the deceased and the survivors," said Dix.