Fox and W.P. Kinsella were mentioned in the Speech from the Throne
Tuesday as being among those who've passed on and made invaluable
contributions to the province.
the Liberals, BC has the lowest taxes for middle-class families and
they'll be making "record investments while not raising taxes." They boast of
the best fiscal record with a triple-A credit rating with four
consecutive balanced budgets. After all the millions and millions of
dollars the Liberals have thrown around BC over the last year in the run
up to the general elections, there is still approximately a $2 billion
surplus—all of which came from taxpayers and proof positive that
British Columbians have way overpaid taxes.
To their benefit, the Liberals say they've added 500 new addiction beds
and more than 7,300 community mental health beds with plans to create
more than 20 overdose prevention sites by March.
The Liberals say that they've spent $1.7 billion in seismic upgrades to
160 schools over the last two years. According to their plan, $1.7
billion will be spent over the next three years with plans to hire 1000
new teachers to deal with the approximately 10,000 new students in BC
over the last two years.
Their game plan is to invest $10 billion for new hospitals, highways and
roads, and other projects such as the Surrey LRT, Broadway subway and
the George Massey Tunnel replacement project.
Also cited in the speech was the Site C dam will provide "clean and
affordable power" and how the project has created approximately 1,900
(short-term) jobs and 33,000 person-years of employment over the life of
There was also mention of a new office of "Crime Reduction and Gang
Research" despite a decline in gang-related murders they'd like to see
more "gangsters" behind bars.
The Liberals also say that they've created 5,000 units of affordable
housing, but there is no mention of people living on welfare who are
paying high rents without any rent controls, and the government has
allowed landowners a 2% annual increase that amounts to approximately
$20/mo. all while welfare rates remain static. What this means is that
landlords are sneakily on a welfare system of their own while tenants
and the government are paying off their mortgages through exorbitant
In five years, the government developed a B.C. tech strategy, including
a $100 million fund so that teachers can introduce sixth grade students
to the basics of coding. However, in grade six, students should be
learning cursive writing, not typing skills on keyboards.
Nowhere in the Throne Speech was the fact that British Columbians pay
the most for their food than any other province. Americans who visit say
"I don't know how people can afford to eat here." For example, a jar of
peanut butter is $8.00 in a corner store. This is one of the reasons that 80,000 kids go
hungry despite the fact that the government says they've been lifted out
They also say that B.C. supplies half of Canada's softwood lumber
exports to the US, and a value-added pulp and paper industry. But
nowhere in the speech was there any plan to replace trees which are
natural carbon sink. There was no mention of plans to
replant those taken and deal with the hundreds of square miles of dead
trees due to beetle kill. Instead they are relying on the private sector
to fill in the gaps.
They take pride in announcing a plan to rejuvenate the mining industry
in BC. This means that it can all be shipped out raw, therefore
short-changing British Columbians on jobs in that sector.
The Liberal government plans for a 43 per cent increase in seafood
revenues. This is why you pay $30 for 4 small slices of farmed
salmon and nowhere in the speech is word of actually reducing salmon
The government wants to start selling liquor in grocery stores. Another
way to create and maintain alcoholism and destroying families by making
it more available.
The Liberals have signed-off already on a deal with Kinder Morgan over
their pipeline by hooking the company for only $1 billion over the next
two decades. There is no mention of what happens after that. They
say they'll invest "every penny of that in projects brought forward
by community groups throughout our province to protect and enhance our
"We must stand strong on our principles of open and fair trade for all
British Columbians and especially the 60,000 workers in our forestry
"Believe in our citizens, not dogmas, doctrines or ideologies. Create
jobs so that British Columbians can build a future. And protect this
magnificent place we call home for future generations."
Although government representatives for Standing Committees haven't been
chosen yet, their focus is listed below:
1. Aboriginal Affairs
3. Finance and Government Services
5. Public Accounts
6. Parliamentary Reform, Ethical Conduct, Standing Orders and Private
7. Crown Corporations
8. Children and Youth
* Please note that these comments are based on a Legislature draft
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