Good jobs, sus­tain­able Econ­omy at the heart of a Bet­ter B.C.

The Miracle - - Politics -

By B.C. Premier John Hor­gan It’s time for Bri­tish Columbians to share in the ben­e­fits of our strong econ­omy. To­day’s fam­i­lies work harder than ever, yet many are fall­ing fur­ther be­hind. Wages have stag­nated, part-time and un­sta­ble work has re­placed good jobs, and peo­ple haven’t shared in the prov­ince’s eco­nomic pros­per­ity. Peo­ple need good pay­ing jobs and the chance to get ahead. We’re build­ing a bet­ter B.C. with good jobs and a strong, sus­tain­able, and in­no­va­tive econ­omy that puts peo­ple first. In­stead of fo­cus­ing on one sec­tor to cre­ate jobs, we’re work­ing to strengthen tra­di­tional in­dus­tries like forestry and min­ing, while sup­port­ing small busi­ness, tourism, agri­cul­ture, man­u­fac­tur­ing,

tech­nol­ogy and in­no­va­tion. We’re sup­port­ing ven­ture cap­i­tal in­vest­ment in B.C. star­tups, and en­cour­ag­ing the growth of B.C. tech com­pa­nies. We’re sup­port­ing small busi­ness, start­ing with low­er­ing the small busi­ness tax rate from 2.5 per cent to 2 per cent. We’re cre­at­ing an In­no­va­tion Com­mis­sion which will be both ad­vo­cate and am­bas­sador for B.C.’s tech sec­tor. And an Emerg­ing Econ­omy Task Force will en­cour­age in­no­va­tive and sus­tain­able in­dus­tries and drive eco­nomic growth. To make sure the ben­e­fits of tech­nol­ogy and in­no­va­tion are felt around the prov­ince, we’ll work in part­ner­ship with ru­ral and north­ern com­mu­ni­ties to make strate­gic in­vest­ments that sup­port in­no­va­tion

and job growth. And we’ll keep fight­ing for a fair deal on soft­wood lum­ber that is good for B.C. for­est work­ers, our soft­wood in­dus­try, and the com­mu­ni­ties that de­pend on it. Cre­at­ing good jobs for peo­ple doesn’t end there. We must in­vest in peo­ple and com­mu­ni­ties if we want those eco­nomic ben­e­fits to keep grow­ing. By in­vest­ing in ed­u­ca­tion, skills train­ing and ap­pren­tice­ships, we can build the cur­rent and fu­ture work­force busi­nesses de­pend on. New schools, hospi­tals, roads and homes for peo­ple will give com­mu­ni­ties the ser­vices they need to at­tract new jobs and in­vest­ment. Tak­ing ac­tion on cli­mate change - the great­est chal­lenge of our gen­er­a­tion - will cre­ate thou­sands of jobs through en­ergy retrofits and pub­lic in­fra­struc­ture. And build­ing strong com­mu­ni­ties will im­prove our qual­ity of life and make B.C. an even bet­ter place to live, work, and raise a fam­ily. To­gether, we will build a bet­ter B.C. where ev­ery­one ben­e­fits from our econ­omy, re­sources and en­vi­ron­ment, and no one is left be­hind.

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