While defending herself in the media after New Democrats pressed for answers this week about the BC Liberal government using children as pawns for their political advantage, Premier Christy Clark said she wants British Columbians to judge her based on her record on education. Here's what the premier said to media Thursday:
"I would ask that people judge us, judge me, based on our record, based on what we actually did,"- Christy Clark, Vancouver Sun, Feb. 13, 2014
So what did Christy Clark actually do?
VICTORIA— Christy Clark must release documents detailing the role she played in provoking strikes at B.C. schools, say B.C.'s New Democrats.
“The B.C. Liberal government was caught trying to provoke a full-scale strike in B.C. schools,” said New Democrat leader Adrian Dix. “Premier Clark needs to release the documents that show the government's meddling and apologize to the public for her plan to throw children, their families and our school system into chaos for political gain.”
The B.C. Liberals are gearing up for a 2014 filled with empty promises of a prosperous province while recklessly planning to make uncaring cuts to the public services British Columbians rely on.
A look back at broken Liberal promises from 2013 opens a window into what British Columbians are in for over the coming year:
Christy Clark’s "Families First" agenda is nothing more than rhetoric
For the second time this year, Premier Christy Clark is playing backseat driver on the Liberal government’s disjointed plan for a referendum on TransLink funding.
Transportation Minister Todd Stone was left with the uncomfortable task of contradicting the premier on virtually every point she made on the issue.
VICTORIA- For the past two days, Advanced Education Minister Amrik Virk has been telling British Columbians he doesn't know what it will mean when changes to federal government funding for English as a Second Language (ESL) programs are implemented in the spring. But this morning the federal minister in charge revealed that the B.C. government is fully on board with the changes.
Minister Virk needs to explain why he didn’t tell the public the B.C. Liberal government supports the federal government’s plan to take ESL funding from B.C. universities and colleges.
VICTORIA – After a long delay and relentless public pressure, the B.C. Liberals have finally announced that they’ve posted the job for the much-needed seniors advocate.
The job posting couldn't have come soon enough, as seniors in our province need an advocate more than ever. The B.C. Liberals' uncaring cuts and fee increases are making life harder for B.C. seniors.
Here are just a few of the recent failures of the B.C. Liberals on caring for seniors:
Cuts to discounts on B.C. Ferries
VICTORIA – Premier Christy Clark claimed that “it’s all good” in forestry and that the industry is growing the day after two northern communities learned that two major mill closures would result in major job losses.
Houston, with a population of just over 3,300, will lose 225 direct jobs – not counting the spin-off jobs – with the closure of the West Fraser mill next year. In Quesnel, more than 200 jobs will be lost as Canfor permanently closes its mill.
VICTORIA - Two senior B.C. Liberal ministers can't get their stories straight on whether taking $545 million from B.C. Hydro would affect the government's budget.
After the shocking revelation that B.C. Hydro rates could spike by 26 per cent over the next two years, leaked documents from the Crown Corporation suggested one solution would be for the province to forego the more than half-billion dollars it hands over to the province.
The finance minister and the energy minister are at odds about what that would mean to the bottom line:
While the premier continues to suggest that controversial parts of the Liberal government’s secret ethnic outreach plan were never acted upon, new testimony by Sepideh Sarrafpour, who worked in ethnic outreach for the government, directly contradicts the premier's claims.
Premier Clark claimed plans to silence a government employee who had information that would damage the premier and the Liberal Party were never acted upon.