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The B.C. Liberal plan that allows gas plants and ski resorts to be built without an environmental assessment is an assault on the public interest and the environment says New Democrat environment critic Spencer Chandra Herbert. "The B.C. Liberals are quietly gutting rules that were put in place to protect communities and the environment from the adverse effects of gas plants and ski resorts without even attempting to make their case to British Columbians for why these changes are needed," said Chandra Herbert.
New Democrats are calling on the federal and provincial governments to show they respect the wishes of northwest communities following a plebiscite in the City of Kitimat that resoundingly rejected the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline. "Kitimat is no stranger to big industry, it's what drives the community, but people in Kitimat and across the northwest also understand when the risks of a project outweigh the benefits," said Skeena MLA Robin Austin.
Transportation Minister Todd Stone tried to avoid scrutiny in the legislature by hiding information about ICBC’s $110-million blunder, say New Democrats. “Rather than immediately notifying the public about this mistake – which meant many people were overbilled for years on their auto insurance – Minister Stone hid this information until after he had finished debating his ministry’s budget in the legislature,” said New Democrat ICBC critic Mable Elmore. After news broke that ICBC is on the hook for $110 million in billing errors, Minister Stone responded that he was “as angry as I expec
New Democrats are calling on the Auditor General to investigate executive compensation and reporting practices at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. “The B.C. Liberal government has not treated the allegations that have come to light at Kwantlen seriously,” said New Democrat advanced education critic David Eby.
Once again, the B.C. Liberals are making life even less affordable for British Columbians – continuing with their ongoing litany of fee and fare hikes, hidden taxes and cancelled discounts. Starting April 1, the following costs will increase: • Hydro rates will begin their 28 per-cent climb starting with a nine-per-cent jump April 1. Over the next three years, this government’s hydro hikes will make life less affordable for B.C. families and hurt business to the tune of $2 billion.