Saturday, January 30, 2016
NDP Slam Libs Over Lost Disk
government failed to protect personal information of 3.4 million students
Marielle Tounsi, NDP Caucus/Voice file photo
Premier Christy Clark speaks at Ruth and
Naomi's in January 2013.
report from British Columbia’s privacy commissioner shows that
Christy Clark’s government broke the law when they failed to protect
the private information of 3.4 million students, say the B.C. New
“This is just another
example of Christy Clark putting our children at risk,” said Rob
Fleming, New Democrat spokesperson for education. “The last thing
that families and teachers want to be worrying about, is their
sensitive information falling into the wrong hands.
“Even worse, Christy Clark’s government still haven’t managed to
find the disk that was improperly stored in order to save a few
bucks. It’s clear that Christy Clark doesn’t really care.”
In September 2015, Christy Clark’s government admitted that they had
lost an unprotected hard drive which stored more than 3 million
personal student records and thousands of other personal records –
including information on health records and financial aid. A new
report from the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner
shows that this unprecedented loss of information was completely
avoidable, that the hard drive was stored improperly as a
cost-saving measure, and that the hard drive is still missing.
“Christy Clark’s government can’t seem to learn their lesson when it
comes to protecting the personal information of British Columbians,”
said Doug Routley, New Democrat spokesperson for citizen services.
“This missing hard drive is just the latest in a long line of
privacy breaches under the Christy Clark government, and it shows
that protecting people’s sensitive information is not a priority for
“Their response is always to say that they will do better next time,
but they have run out of next times, and it’s an unacceptable
response to an unacceptable mistake.”
Payday loan spikes
are a result of Christy Clark’s failure on wages and affordability
Marielle Tounsi, NDP Caucus
wage growth under the Christy Clark government and her constant fee
increases have contributed to the growing reliance by working
British Columbians on payday loans.
“Payday loans are a symptom of the way that the Christy Clark
government has made life less affordable,” said Carole James, New
Democrat finance spokesperson. “While families have to pay more for
everything under Christy Clark’s government, wage growth has been
the slowest in the country.”
Vancity reported this week that the number of payday loans in B.C.
increased by 58 per cent between 2012 and 2014, with many working
British Columbians left poor and relying on this expensive form of
lending just to meet their necessities.
James cited the fact that British Columbia has seen the lowest wage
growth in the country since Premier Clark launched The BC Jobs Plan,
and that we have consistently had one of the highest rates of
Christy Clark’s government impose increases to taxes and fees year
after year. Her government more than doubled the unfair medical
services tax since 2001, increasing it every year since Christy
Clark became premier. Meanwhile, they’ve increased the average hydro
bill by over $520 and the average ICBC premium by $270.
James said that fee increases under Premier Clark haven’t ended
there, “Ferry fares, park fees, tuition, tolls, transit, pharmacare
and much more have all spiked upwards under the Christy Clark
James said that the only people who have seen relief from Christy
Clark’s government are the wealthiest two per cent who received a
$270 million tax break they didn’t even ask for.
“The Christy Clark government has made it expensive just to live,”
said James. “Relying on payday loans makes it too expensive to be
John Horgan and the New Democrats are calling on Christy Clark to
follow the lead of every other province and develop a comprehensive
poverty reduction plan.
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