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 the pleaded guilty. This week in question period we asked the Premier if she would give us those answers she was looking for a year ago, but she ignored it and left it to her Attorney General to continue the cover up.
This week also saw BC once again condemned nationally for our appalling level of child poverty. I joined our leader, Adrian Dix, in question period, asking for a commitment to a poverty reduction plan . We are one of two provinces which has shown no inclination to deal with the poverty in a systematic way: instead the BC Liberals provide us with slogans and gimmicks. We have again tabled our Povery Reduction Bill, which sets out a comprehensive plan to tackle this provincial disgrace.