Ex­pert ad­vises new B.C. premier to ‘stay fo­cused’

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - OBITUARIES/NEWS -

John Hor­gan has been Bri­tish Columbia’s premier for less than a day and al­ready the re­quests are flood­ing in, as var­i­ous groups com­pete to get their re­spec­tive wish­lists into the new gov­ern­ment.

Glen Hans­man, head of the B.C. Teach­ers’ Fed­er­a­tion, of­fered his con­grat­u­la­tions to the new gov­ern­ment Wednes­day as he high­lighted a short­fall in promised fund­ing needed to hire teach­ers and or­ga­nize classes mere weeks be­fore the aca­demic year is sched­uled to start.

“We’re go­ing to have to be pa­tient. Mir­a­cles aren’t go­ing to hap­pen overnight,” Hans­man said. “But I’m hope­ful that over the sum­mer the in­com­ing gov­ern­ment will be able to pro­vide a bit more money to school dis­tricts.”

Hans­man’s re­quest was far from the only one vy­ing for the gov­ern­ment’s at­ten­tion, as news re­leases and con­grat­u­la­tory notes came from more than a dozen ad­vo­cacy groups, en­vi­ron­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions and in­dus­try as­so­ci­a­tions.

But long­time po­lit­i­cal ob­server Nor­man Ruff said Wednes­day that Hor­gan would do well to avoid any dis­trac­tions out­side of the wild­fire cri­sis un­til he can re­con­vene the leg­is­la­ture and se­cure money to keep the gov­ern­ment run­ning for the re­main­der of the year.

“It’s go­ing to take a while for them to get around to all the ex­pec­ta­tions that they’ve raised. I would coun­sel them to stay fo­cused,” said Ruff, a re­tired po­lit­i­cal sci­en­tist at the Uni­ver­sity of Vic­to­ria.

“Then, come the spring, re­ally pull out all the stops to show that they are ca­pa­ble of gov­ern­ing.”

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