BC NDP Con­ven­tion del­e­gates vote

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Af­ter 16 years of the BC Lib­er­als putting the wealthy few ahead of work­ing Bri­tish Columbians, BC NDP Con­ven­tion del­e­gates passed res­o­lu­tions that af­firmed their sup­port for the BC NDP gov­ern­ment’s ef­forts to build a sus­tain­able econ­omy that benefits ev­ery­one. Two res­o­lu­tions de­bated and passed fo­cused on sup­port­ing BC’s forestry in­dus­try, which has been hard hit in re­cent months by fires across the in­te­rior. One res­o­lu­tion en­cour­ages sup­port for fam­ily-owned mills and lo­cal forestry op­er­a­tors through­out BC by en­sur­ing they have an ad­e­quate sup­ply of wood fi­bre. The other pledges sup­port for Pre­mier John Hor­gan and the BC NDP gov­ern­ment’s ad­vo­cacy on be­half of BC forestry work­ers and BC mills in on­go­ing soft­wood lum­ber ne­go­ti­a­tions. Af­ter years of BC Lib­eral mis­man­age­ment of the forestry in­dus­try, in­clud­ing un­nec­es­sary de­lays to a soft­wood deal with the United States and the loss of tens of thou­sands of forestry jobs in ru­ral BC, del­e­gates were adamant for the need to en­sure ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties have the sup­port to cre­ate vi­brant, lo­cal eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment. BC NDP del­e­gates also rec­og­nized the need to ex­pand rapid tran­sit in the Lower Mainland and Cen­tral Okana­gan to make up for years of in­ac­tion by the BC Lib­er­als. BC NDP party del­e­gates demon­strated their sup­port for the gov­ern­ment’s focus on mak­ing tran­sit a pri­or­ity and rec­og­nized the im­por­tance of a ro­bust tran­sit sys­tem in mak­ing life more af­ford­able for Bri­tish Columbians in Metro Van­cou­ver. The BC NDP Con­ven­tion ran Fri­day through Sun­day. More than 800 New Democrats gath­ered at the Vic­to­ria Con­fer­ence Cen­tre to de­bate pol­icy res­o­lu­tions, par­tic­i­pate in train­ings and work­shops and hear speak­ers.

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