Today is the day when the NDP government delivers the goods.
In the throne speech today Premier John Horgan set out his new government’s vision of a better BC.
Horgan says “the problems facing people today are the result of past choices, where only a few benefited while families fell further behind” and they have made the commitment to help families get ahead.
He says this session will focus on “getting big money out of politics, clamping down on lobbyists and making sure the vote of every British Columbian counts.”
The new government has already made substantial strides to a brighter future with more opportunities by committing to a new partnership with First Nations and implementation of the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, removing bridge tolls, increasing income assistance and disability rates, as well as making tuition free for children formerly in care and those seeking basic education or English language learning.
This fall they plan to fix long term loopholes on leases to help stop unfair rent increases and increase affordable housing, deliver a $15 minimum wage, fix ICBC and BC Hydro, restore school funding, reestablish BC’s health care system to be more accessible and affordable, as well as working on the transit system by adding more accessible transit for people with disabilities, and working with communities on new transit and transportation projects.
There is a new capital investment plan in the works that will focus on schools, hospitals, roads and creating well paying jobs throughout the province, and some of those jobs will come from the support of traditional industries and trades like forestry, mining, agriculture and aquaculture as well as natural gas development.