Legislature to Resume Today
Prince George, B.C. – The next chapter in the story of the BC Government, will begin to unfold this afternoon with the election of a Speaker, followed by the Speech from the Throne.
There is wide speculation on what the speech may contain, as the Liberals look to present a plan that will gain support from at least three members on the opposite side of the legislature to prevent the government from falling.
Premier Christy Clark has said the Throne Speech will include a poverty reduction plan, and a commitment to childcare, spending $1 billion over four years to create childcare spaces and to subsidize families earning less than $60 thousand a year.
Other highlights of the speech include a commitment to boost welfare payments, and while there has been speculation the increase could be $100 a month, that amount has not been confirmed.
Finance Minister Mike de Jong has told 250News the speech will include “A recommitment to rural British Columbia, to Northern British Columbia, to the economic activity that supports not only people in rural British Columbia but people all over the Province. ” He did not reveal any details.
Attorney General Andrew Wilkinson has indicated the speech will also include a plan to put an end to corporate and union donations to political parties.
It has also been revealed the Liberals plan to spend $50 million dollars to increase the number of charging stations in BC for electric cars .
The Legislature doesn’t sit on Fridays, so debate on the Speech from the Throne will start next week. Although 6 days have been scheduled for debate, the opposition could force a confidence vote before next week is through.