Fraser-Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart (second from right) visiting Pressy Lake to survey the fire damage on September 23. Photo: Lori Pilon.

NDP budget doesn’t work for all

There’s much spending, but little job creation

By Fraser-Nicola MLA Jackie Tegart

The second session of the 41st Parliament is just getting underway, and we have seen some interesting developments from the Green/NDP alliance.With the Speech from the Throne and the subsequent budget released from the coalition government, we now have a better sense of where their priorities lie.

Unfortunately for anyone hoping to find work at Kinder Morgan, the Massey Bridge, or the Site C dam, the NDP’s budget has made it clear you’re likely out of luck. If you look closely at their budget, the new government relies very heavily on spending, with little to no mention of job creation: certainly not a sustainable way to run a province in the long term.

As a long-time resident of rural B.C. and as a member elected to a rural riding, I am also thoroughly disappointed to see the lack of economic support to help communities affected by our devastating wildfire season. My colleagues and I have asked the government numerous times for a concrete plan on how the government plans to supplement our seasonal firefighters and how they plan to help our ranchers, farmers, and small businesses recover. Unfortunately, we have been met with platitudes and non-answers.

While the NDP have shown they have no qualms about spending money to support costly campaign promises, they have not stepped up to the plate to deal with the unexpected reality that now faces many rural British Columbians. A government should work for people across the province, and the NDP budget falls short on this responsibility. By failing to provide wildfire-affected communities with clarity and stability, the NDP continues to demonstrate that they are truly the government of a select few. As your local representative, I can assure you I will not stop advocating on your behalf; even when government doesn’t want to listen.



editorial@accjournal.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Rock slide closes Hwy. 1 south of Ashcroft until Friday afternoon

A rock slide Thursday afternoon near Spences Bridge closed the highway in both directions

‘Quite a few tears’ as quilts distributed to those affected by last summer’s fire

Local quilters leapt into action to provide quilts for Ashcroft Reserve and Boston Flats residents.

South Cariboo Kinsmen donate to local fire departments

Ashcroft and Cache Creek fire departments each receive $1,100 from Kinsmen annual Turkey Bingo.

NDIT ‘State of the North’ report highlights importance of small businesses

Median wages in Cariboo-Chilcotin/Lillooet lower than elsewhere, but housing relatively affordable.

Family Literacy Week is coming: What’s on Your Plate?

A variety of activities will be taking place in Ashcroft, Cache Creek, and Spences Bridge.

B.C. cougar kitten rescued after mother struck by vehicle

Conservation Officers find home for young kitten found dehydrated and frostbitten near Williams Lake

Fernie, RCMP go to court over city log books in fatal ammonia leak probe

Log books center stage in clashing of investigations between the city and RCMP

B.C.’s biggest pot plant planned for Oliver

Co-founder Tony Holler said the 700,000 sq. ft. facility would produce 100,000 kg of pot per year

High-end whisky seized in B.C. bar raids

Raids end in seizures at Victoria, Nanaimo and Vancouver whisky joints

Double-doubles and demonstrations: Employees rally outside Tim Hortons

Protests held in response to Ontario franchise owners cutting employee benefits and breaks

Train derails in Northwest B.C.

CN reports no injuries or dangerous goods involved after coal train derailment.

Las Vegas shooter acted alone, exact motive still undetermined: Sheriff

Stephen Paddock was behind the gunfire that killed 58 people including two Canadians

Botox, bomb shelters, and the blues: one year into Trump presidency

A look into life in Washington since Trump’s inauguration

Christopher Garnier appealing murder conviction in death of off-duty cop

Jury found Garnier guilty in December, rejecting his claim she died accidentally during rough sex

Most Read