John Hor­gan and your New Demo­crat gov­ern­ment Hard at work build­ing a bet­ter B.C.

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Premieri Johnh Hor­gan and dh the New Demo­crat gov­ern­ment have been work­ing hard over these first few weeks, mak­ing a bet­ter B.C., fol­low­ing 16 years of a B.C. Lib­eral gov­ern­ment that only cared about their wealthy friends and sup­port­ers. Since July 18, when Pre­mier Hor­gan and his cabi­net were sworn in, the new B.C. gov­ern­ment has been work­ing to make life more af­ford­able for Bri­tish Columbians, cre­ate good jobs and op­por­tu­ni­ties across our great prov­ince, and re­store and strengthen im­por­tant ser­vices. Here are just a few things Pre­mier Hor­gan and the New Demo­crat gov­ern­ment have al­ready done within a few short weeks: Sup­ports for peo­ple af­fected by the wild­fires Im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing the swear­ing-in of the new gov­ern­ment, Pre­mier John Hor­gan and the new B.C. gov­ern­ment made ad­dress­ing the wild­fires and sup­port­ing peo­ple and busi­nesses af­fected by them the most ur­gent pri­or­ity. Within 24 hours, a task force that in­cludes mem­bers of cabi­net was es­tab­lished that im­me­di­ately went to the front lines to de­ter­mine the scope of the prob­lem, and de­ter­mine what was needed. The new gov­ern­ment also pledged on­go­ing fi­nan­cial sup­port for p peo­ple forced to evac­u­ate their com­mu­ni­ties un­til they are al­lowed to re­turn home. Stand­ing up for BC’s in­ter­ests in the face of Kin­der Mor­gan The New Demo­crat gov­ern­ment took ac­tion on our com­mit­ment to pro­tect Bri­tish Columbia’s in­ter­ests in the face of the pro­posed ex­pan­sion of the Kin­der Mor­gan pipe­line and in­creased tanker traf­fic. New Democrats said they would use ev­ery tool in the tool­box to pro­tect our econ­omy, en­vi­ron­ment and thou­sands of ex­ist­ing jobs, and that work has be­gun. The first steps in­clude se­cur­ing Thomas Berger as ex­ter­nal le­gal coun­sel, seek­ing op­tions for the B.C. gov­ern­ment to par­tic­i­pate in le­gal chal­lenges, and en­sur­ing the prov­ince en­gages in mean­ing­ful con­sul­ta­tion with Indige­nous peo­ple con­cern­ing the pro­ject. Restor­ing the Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion Un­der the B.C. Lib­eral gov­ern­ment, B.C. was the only prov­ince with­out a Hu­man Right Com­mis­sion, and Bri­tish Columbians de­serve bet­ter. That’s why John Hor­gan and the New Demo­crat gov­ern­ment an­nounced they will reestab­lish a hu­man rights com­mis­sion to fight in­equal­ity and dis­crim­i­na­tion in all its forms. Elim­i­nated tu­ition fees on Adult Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion and English Lan­guage Learn­ing pro­grams Pre­mier John Hor­gan wants to make it eas­ier for all Bri­tish Columbians to get ahead. Re­mov­ing fi­nan­cial road­blocks like these is an im­por­tant step to­wards in­vest­ing in an econ­omy that works for ev­ery­one. Send­ing the Site C pro­ject for an in­de­pen­dent re­view The B.C. Lib­eral gov­ern­ment re­fused to al­low our in­de­pen­dent en­ergy watch­dog to ex­am­ine the Site C pro­ject. In­stead, the B.C. Lib­er­als just wanted to “get it past the point of no re­turn” un­scru­ti­nised, and re­gard­less of whether there would be a mas­sive fi­nan­cial im­pact on peo­ple across the prov­ince. As promised, the New Demo­crat gov­ern­ment is fi­nally send­ing the pro­ject to re­view so that the best-in­formed de­ci­sions can be made in the in­ter­ests of B.C. fam­i­lies. In­creased in­come as­sis­tance and dis­abil­ity pay­ments by 100 The pre­vi­ous B.C. Lib­eral gov­ern­ment were only look­ing out for their wealthy friends, while ev­ery­one else was left to fend for them­selves and the most vul­ner­a­ble suf­fered. The New Demo­crat gov­ern­ment is there for peo­ple, and this im­me­di­ate in­crease was an im­por­tant part of our gov­ern­ment’s com­mit­ment to cre­ate a com­pre­hen­sive poverty re­duc­tion plan. A re­view of the Hull­car Aquifer to en­sure drink­ing wa­ter is safe As con­cerns mounted about the safety of drink­ing wa­ter, peo­ple in the Hull­car Val­ley were hit­ting brick walls with the pre­vi­ous B.C. Lib­eral gov­ern­ment who seemed mostly un­con­cerned. The new gov­ern­ment has an­nounced a new re­view to en­sure agri­cul­tural prac­tices are con­sis­tent with en­sur­ing safe drink­ing wa­ter. Pur­chas­ing the Waneta Dam through BC Hy­dro Own­ing the Waneta Dam and gen­erat- ing sta­tion is ex­pected to help keep rates af­ford­able for Bri­tish Columbians, and will sup­port lo­cal jobs for many years. Es­tab­lish­ing a stand-alone Min­istry for Men­tal Health and Ad­dic­tions dur­ing over­dose cri­sis The first pri­or­ity of this new min­istry is to save lives im­me­di­ately in the face of the over­dose cri­sis, and this in­volves meet­ing with peo­ple on the front lines of the cri­sis. Tak­ing steps to­ward af­ford­able and qual­ity child­care Un­der the B.C. Lib­eral gov­ern­ment’s watch, child­care be­came less and less ac­ces­si­ble, and more and more ex­pen­sive – forc­ing some par­ents to make tough de­ci­sions about their ca­reers. As promised, Pre­mier John Hor­gan and the New Demo­crat gov­ern­ment want to make child care af­ford­able, and a first step to­ward that was to es­tab­lish a Min­is­ter of State for Child­care. There is much more to come, as Pre­mier John Hor­gan and the New Demo­crat gov­ern­ment get to work pre­par­ing for the fall ses­sion of the leg­is­la­ture which will be about mak­ing life bet­ter for Bri­tish Columbians - some­thing the B.C. Lib­eral gov­ern­ment took for granted and called “busy work.” Re­ported: Veeno Dewan | Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Of­fi­cer | B.C. Gov­ern­ment Cau­cus

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