North Island MLA Claire Trevena has decried the latest BC Liberal budget as a “fantasy”.
“Ahead of the last election, the Premier said that the problems of BC would be washed away by the power of the LNG industry. We’d have hundreds of thousands of jobs. We would become – as the premier’s campaign bus slogan falsely promised – debt free. And we’d have a prosperity fund filled with billions of surplus dollars,” said Trevena.
“But The LNG pipe dream is evaporating rapidly. And creating a prosperity fund when there is nothing but MSP payments to fill it is really a fantasy,”
“It is a fantasy fund at the core of a fantasy budget.”
Speaking in the BC Legislature Trevena cited a number of problems in the North Island which were not addressed by the budget: rising costs for families for hydro, ferries and MSP; the financial squeeze facing School District 72 and the school closure process it is going through; and plans to bring in charges for parking at Campbell River hospital among them.
She said that she was shocked that MSP now brings more to the provincial treasury than our forestry, mining and gas sectors combined. She was disappointed there was no acknowledgement by the BC Liberals of the closure of two mines in North Island with the loss of dozens of well paid jobs.
“Life has become unaffordable for most people over the last 15 years of the BC Liberal government and there is no relief in this budget,” said Trevena. “There is no doubt that I will be voting against it.”
Link to view her full response to the Budget: https://www.leg.bc.ca/documents-data/debate-transcripts/40th-parliament/5th-session/20160224pm-House-Blues (scroll down to approx. 14:55)