New Democrats would end taxpayer-funded partisan ads, says Trevena

While the B.C. Liberals continue to waste $15 million of taxpayers’ money on partisan political advertisements, the New Democrats have committed to end the practice so that valuable tax dollars can go towards real public priorities in communities like Campbell River. New Democrat leader Adrian Dix announced Tuesday that a New Democrat government would pass legislation that would give British Columbia’s Auditor General statutory responsibility to review and approve all government advertising and prohibit advertising whose central purpose is to promote the governing party in a partisan manner. “The Liberals’ ongoing $15 million advertising blitz is nothing but a blatant attempt to promote the interests of the governing party, conducted at the expense of each and every taxpaying British Columbian,” said North Island New Democrat MLA Claire Trevena. “That $15 million could have gone a long way to improving services in the community. There are students and families who would benefit i
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B.C. Liberals’ mismanagement of ferry system making life less affordable for British Columbians

British Columbians living in coastal communities deserve a ferry system that is affordable and treated as an integral part of the province’s transportation system, say New Democrats. “The B.C. Liberals have mishandled the ferry system throughout their term in office, and the result is that business, tourism and the future of coastal communities have been put at risk,” said New Democrat ferries critic Gary Coons. The B.C. Ferry Commission announced Monday that price caps would be allowed to increase by 4.1 per cent from April 2012 incrementally to a combined total of 12 per cent over three years by 2015. B.C. Ferries has said they intend to raise fares to the maximum under the new caps. “When the Liberals privatized our ferries in 2003, they promised stable ferry fares. But since that time on the major routes the price cap increase has gone up by 47 per cent, and on minor routes by 80 per cent,” said Coons. “We know fares have already reached the tipp
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Claire’s letter to Minister Cadieux, Minister of Children and Family Development

The Honourable Stephanie Cadieux Minister of Children and Family Development Room 236 Parliament Buildings Victoria, BC, V8V 1X4 Dear Minister Cadieux, I wish to congratulate you on your appointment as the new minister for Children and Family Development. I look forward to working with you and hope that we can take a collaborative approach to ensure B.C. children, youth and families are provided with the best opportunities possible. As you know, this is a difficult time for the ministry, as workers at all levels are trying to cope with the Integrated Case Management (ICM) system. When the scale of the problems with ICM became transparent, your predecessor offered a temporary solution of an additional $12 million for support and training as well as an increase of 100 social workers and 50 administrative staff. Due to the recent announcement that the B.C. Liberal government will be cutting spending and freezing hiring, I would like to know how this will affect the hiring of the 150 addit
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