Horgan and Weaver Address Media
Prince George, B.C. – New Democrat Leader John Horgan and B.C. Green Leader Andrew Weaver have officially signed their agreement which will put the NDP in charge of the Province.
At an event which featured the signing of the agreement, Weaver commended Premier Christy Clark for her comments that she would recall the legislature soon to test the confidence in her government he said he hopes that happens “in a timely fashion”.
The two say there will be extensive consultation and a referendum on electoral reform so the current “first past the post” system will become a thing of the past.
Horgan says his team has not yet had access to the transition documents which detail how a new government can proceed, but he is hopeful Clark will recall the legislature as soon as possible in order to have the transition begin and a budget can be developed.
Horgan says his team will start working on the softwood lumber dispute as soon as possible, and will make moves to stop the exportation of raw logs. He maintained he would call for a review of Site C by the BC Utilities Commission and there will be specific timelines ( 6 weeks and three months) for results on that review. He said the project would not be stopped while that review is underway, and there would be an examination of the consequences of stopping the project should that be their final decision.
The two leaders don’t agree on every issue, including elimination of tolls on bridges in the lower mainland, but maintain they are looking for ways to deal with issues such as reducing real estate speculation which is driving up housing costs in the lower mainland.
Highlights of the agreement are:
- Reforming the electoral system, getting the influence of big money out of politics, and reforming lobbying rules;
- Recognizing that education is about lifelong learning and fast-tracking enhancement to K-12 education funding;
- Protecting and promoting public health care, creating a proposal for an essential drugs program,
- giving families the security of quality, affordable child care;
- Improved transit;
- Giving more attention to the opioid crisis
- Establishing an Emerging Economy Task Force and an Innovation Commission;
- Eliminating Medical Services Premiums;
- Implementing a basic income pilot project;
- Fighting climate change while creating good jobs and introducing rebate cheques that will mean most people pay less while increasing the carbon tax beginning in 2018;
- Sending the Site C project immediately to an independent review;
- Opposing the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion project.
“We’re pretty excited about it” said Horgan “we can’t wait to get going.”