British Columbians Keep Getting Squeezed Complains NDP Leader
Prince George, B.C. – “Affordability, affordability and more affordability.”
The words of NDP leader John Horgan when asked about the common theme of his camping trip from Prince Rupert to Prince George this week.
“Hydro rates, medical services premiums, ICBC rates – wherever we went people were saying we love British Columbia and when you’re in a campground, you’ve got your feet up and people wanted to talk about how great it is to be in this spectacular province. The big problem – wages have stayed flat and costs keep going up.”
Horgan travelled Highway 16 in a camper championing himself as a man of the people remarking “No private jets for me, just a Winnebago.”
So what does he have planned the next couple of days while in Prince George?
“The BC Official Opposition caucus will be meeting on Monday,” says Horgan. “We’re going to be gathering to prepare for the fall session and we’re going to talk about the issues that we’ve been hearing in communities right across British Columbia.”
He says they also plan to meet with some potential candidates for next year’s election.
“We will be doing some of that. I’ve got some meetings scheduled to talk to people – prominent people in the community that when the election is held we’ll have very good candidates here in Prince George and in Nechako Lakes.”
Does he feel the road to the premier’s office must be paved by winning a seat or two here?
“That’s the tradition, if you can’t win Prince George you’re not going to form government but since that tradition started a number of seats have been added – we’ll be up to 87 next spring,” says Horgan.
“So it’s not as critical, there are more seats in the population rich Lower Mainland now and I think this will be the first time that you could actually win an election in B.C. without holding a good number of rural seats.”