Liv­ing up to our po­ten­tial, and mak­ing sure ev­ery­one in B.C. has the op­por­tu­nity to suc­ceed

The Miracle - - Politics - By Pre­mier John Hor­gan

Over the past year, I’ve had the op­por­tu­nity to go to com­mu­ni­ties and meet with peo­ple in ev­ery part of B.C. The sheer scale of this prov­ince is in­cred­i­ble. It’s al­most as the size of Ger­many and France com­bined. Yet there is some­thing very pow­er­ful that holds us to­gether: our pride in Bri­tish Co­lum­bia. We be­lieve in the po­ten­tial of ev­ery­one who lives here, and we are de­ter­mined to pro­tect what makes this place so spe­cial. From Sur­rey, to Burns Lake, Van­der­hoof, Smithers, to North Van­cou­ver, Prince Ru­pert, Kiti­mat, Revel­stoke, Fort St. James, Kelowna, Pen­tic­ton and Co­mox, peo­ple in B.C. are work­ing hard to build a bet­ter life for them­selves and their fam­i­lies. A $40-bil­lion in­vest­ment by LNG Canada was an­nounced this week. The in­vest­ment in northern B.C. demon­strates that it’s pos­si­ble to bal­ance eco­nomic op­por­tu­nity and job creation, while pur­su­ing suc­cess­ful part­ner­ships with Indige­nous peo­ple, and for­ward-look­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tion. The way I see it, our job as gov­ern­ment is to make sure peo­ple have the op­por­tu­ni­ties they need to suc­ceed in the com­mu­ni­ties they call home. We also need to live up to our re­spon- sibil­i­ties to meet our cli­mate ac­tion goals, and pro­tect B.C.’s clean air, land and wa­ter for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions. And we need to make sure peo­ple can af­ford to live here. That’s why we’re tack­ling the hous­ing cri­sis and in­vest­ing in peo­ple and in­fras­truc­ture. We’re mak­ing big in­vest­ments in ed­u­ca­tion, from K-12 to trades train­ing. We’re de­liv­er­ing bet­ter, faster health care, re­vi­tal­iz­ing the for­est in­dus­try, stand­ing strong on trade dis­agree­ments with the United States, and pur­su­ing mean­ing­ful rec­on­cil­i­a­tion with Indige­nous Peo­ples. And we’re meet­ing B.C.’s cli­mate tar­gets while work­ing across all sec­tors to make the tran­si­tion to a low­car­bon econ­omy. We have a lot of work on our agenda for the fall leg­isla­tive ses­sion, to make life bet­ter for peo­ple and to build a strong, sus­tain­able econ­omy in ev­ery part of B.C. Be­cause the econ­omy is not just about bot­tom lines and profit mar­gins, it’s about peo­ple and the com­mu­ni­ties we live in. B.C. is pow­ered by min­ing, gas and tim­ber. It’s also pow­ered by quan­tum com­put­ing, film, tourism, man­u­fac­tur­ing, trade and in­no­va­tion. It’s not re­sources or tech­nol­ogy. It’s re­sources and tech­nol­ogy, to­gether. Over the past year, we’ve also shown that we can do pol­i­tics dif­fer­ently. This fall we will have a ref­er­en­dum, where Bri­tish Columbians will tell us if they want an elec­toral sys­tem that en­cour­ages co­op­er­a­tion, or more of the same-old. I be­lieve we get bet­ter re­sults when we fo­cus on what unites us. If we want to fix prob­lems and build a bet­ter B.C., we have to work to­gether. We’re go­ing to keep work­ing hard to get re­sults for peo­ple, and make life bet­ter, with more op­por­tu­ni­ties for ev­ery­one B.C.

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