Standing Up for North Island

MLA Report 7th February, 2014

We will finally return to the legislature after the long weekend – the first time since our brief post-election session back in July. I often write about my anger at the manipulation of our democracy because of the lack of legislative sitting days so I will make the most of this limit
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B.C. Liberals will ignore coastal residents, go ahead with reckless cuts

The B.C. Liberal government has ignored the pleas of thousands of British Columbians and announced it will go ahead with reckless ferry service cuts that will hurt the province’s economy and seriously impact coastal communities. “Today, the B.C. Liberals have proven that their so-call
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Letter to Minister of Health regarding bed numbers at Campbell River Hospital

Dear Minister Lake, Once again Campbell River hospital is overflowing with patients. According to medical staff there have been almost 100 people admitted during the day. The census for the existing hospital is less than 80; for our new hospital 97. Patients who were about to have eme
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Ferry users invited to send an SOS to the B.C. Liberals

The B.C. New Democrats want to hear about the real costs of service cuts at B.C. Ferries. At a new website launched today – BCFerriesSOS.ca – ferry users can share their own stories about how the cuts will affect them and their families. “Since these service cuts were anno
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Ferry users to pay even more starting today as B.C. Liberals continue to fail on ferries

As ferry users face another blow to affordability today, New Democrats are calling on the B.C. Liberal government to take action to save B.C.’s critical ferry system. “Today, many ferry users are paying 100 per cent more than they were in 2003, when the B.C. Liberals brought in the Co
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Ferry users face another blow as fuel surcharge adds to 2014 fare hikes

The announcement of another fuel surcharge means ferry fares will rise by more than seven per cent in the next three months, and that hike will be a significant blow to coastal communities and the provincial economy, say New Democrats. “As if a four per cent ferry fare hike coming in
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MLA Report, 20th December, 2013

Another year is drawing to a close, giving us the opportunity to look back to the last 12 months and forward to the coming year. Unfortunately we already know some of what is in store for 2014 and most of it is not good. Cuts to our ferry service and increases in fares; massive hikes
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Ferry service cuts will be devastating, coastal communities tell B.C. Liberals

In meetings that will wrap up Wednesday evening, people in the coastal communities affected by the Liberal government’s ferry service cuts have exposed these cuts as reckless and short-sighted, say New Democrats. “Unlike Transportation Minister Todd Stone, I attended many of these eve
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Even B.C. Liberal MLAs starting to speak out against reckless cuts to B.C. Ferries

VICTORIA — With residents in communities up and down the coast rising up against the B.C. Liberals’ reckless cuts to routes serving ferry-dependent communities, at least one government MLA is finally speaking up.   “West Vancouver-Sea to Sky MLA Jordan Sturdy failed to stand up for hi
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