Throne speech fails every day families; says NDP

The problems that British Columbians have with Christy Clark’s government weren’t solved by her latest throne speech says New Democrat Leader John Horgan.

“For too long Christy Clark has been working for the wealthy and the well-connected while leaving ordinary British Columbians behind,” said Horgan.

“Now on the eve of an election, she is doing anything she can to distract from the fact that she has created a B.C. where people can’t afford to live and build a future.

“Christy Clark and her B.C. Liberal government have deliberately chosen to make British Columbia a place where only the rich can thrive, and everyone else pays the price.

Horgan noted that half of British Columbians are living paycheck to paycheck, while hydro rates, car insurance, and medical services premiums have skyrocketed year after year.

“Christy Clark has spent the last six years cutting and neglecting the services people care about, while millionaires have gotten more than a billion dollars in tax breaks.

“Whether it is unaffordable housing, cuts to school classrooms, leaving seniors to suffer in understaffed care homes, long waits for basic healthcare, the lack of family doctors, or hallway medicine – ordinary individuals and families have paid the price for Christy Clark’s tax cuts to the rich,” said Horgan.

“British Columbians deserve an economy that works for everyone, not just the wealthy and the well-connected.

“I believe we need a plan over the long term that has people and the services they need at the center. Not budgets based on buying people with their own money on the eve of an election.

“After years of neglect, people simply don’t believe Christy Clark is ready to solve the problems that matter in their lives.”

Mungall Back in Victoria for Brief Pre-election Session

Mungall was back in Victoria this week. The first day opened with the Speech from the Throne, which sets the government’s agenda for this brief pre-election session.

“This agenda,” says Mungall, “sadly leaves people out again. So many people in this province are struggling to get by. They’re watching rates go up on their medical services premiums, their car insurance, their utility bills while Christy Clark gives a billion dollar tax breaks to the rich.”

Mungall adds that she was baffled by the government’s claim of a positive working relationship with teachers in the Throne Speech.

“Because they stood up for public education, Premier Clark and the BC Liberal government have treated teachers with disrespect and disdain,” said Mungall. “To characterize her government’s approach as anything less is to ignore a decade of legal battles and labour disputes.”

New Democrat Leader John Horgan says there is a better way forward and British Columbians deserve more than a government who pats themselves on the back for tax cuts to the rich at the expense of everyone else.

“British Columbians deserve an economy that works for everyone, not just the wealthy and the well-connected.

“I believe we need a plan over the long term that has people and the services they need at the center. Not budgets based on buying people with their own money on the eve of an election.

“After years of neglect, people simply don’t believe Christy Clark is ready to solve the problems that matter in their lives.”

BC Governments media release…

In her speech from the throne today, Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon outlined how British Columbia has navigated challenging times to lead Canada, thanks to a plan – and hard-working British Columbians.

Since the launch of the BC Jobs Plan five years ago:

  • B.C. is first in economic growth in Canada
  • B.C. is first in job creation in Canada, with more British Columbians working than ever before
  • B.C. has Canada’s lowest unemployment rate
  • The provincial government continues to make record investments in health care, education and infrastructure, including hospitals, schools, and the Site C dam

Controlling government spending has resulted in:

  • Four consecutive balanced budgets, with a fifth on the way
  • Lowest taxes for middle-class families in Canada
  • B.C. is on track to be free of any operating debt by 2021

“The reason people come to live in B.C. is to find a job with great pay, save to own their own home, and keep more of their hard-earned money,” said Premier Christy Clark. “We’re going to stick to our plan to grow the economy, so that we can all build a better future, and look after the people we love.”

The Lieutenant-Governor observed the risks facing British Columbia, from rising protectionism in Europe and the United States, slow global economic growth, and low commodity prices. The government is updating the BC Jobs Plan, launching a Rural Economic Development Strategy to help small communities cope with immediate challenges and diversify their economies, and appointing a special envoy for softwood lumber, based in the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C.

The Lieutenant-Governor observed that the Province’s success is due to hard-working British Columbians, who have built Canada’s strongest fiscal foundation, and indicated the government will be providing financial relief to citizens.

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Read the speech from the throne here: http://engage.gov.bc.ca/thronespeech/