MLA Report 25th November, 2011

I’d like to start by congratulating everyone who ran for office last week: win or lose it shows a real dedication to your community to offer to work for the best interest of your communities for the next three years. The fall session of the Legislature wrapped up Thursday, but there were many questions unanswered. One of the central ones for so many people is whether the government is really committed to getting rid of the HST. We went into the session with the strong referendum result which mandates the return to the GST and the PST: but even this week the BC Liberals would not commit to when that will happen. They are effectively shrugging off the will of the majority who have used their democratic right and voted for a swift end to the tax. And the Premier has refused to answer questions she herself posed, when she was a radio talk show host, about the $6m pay out and cover up over the Basi Virk scandal; two Liberals who had their court costs covered by their Liberal government when
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MLA Report 18th November, 2011

As we near the end of 2011, I would like to take a few moments to reflect on what has been a significant year in BC politics then look to 2012. This year, both major parties elected new leaders, a referendum driven by the people overturned a highly unpopular tax and the conversation about inequality became unavoidable for the elites. Both the new premier and the leader of the official opposition have been in their posts for about nine months now, enough time for their visions to be known to most people. From Premier Clark we have seen a switch from vague sloganeering about families first to rhetoric about job creation; from Adrian Dix we have heard about fighting inequality through a poverty reduction programme, assisting students through a grants system, ensuring CLBC meets people’s needs, and committing to a truly sustainable and resilient economy. Campbell River has been chosen as a pilot for the government’s jobs plan. I join with others in hoping that jobs are created in our commu
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