Poverty Reduction Act
I am so happy that a Poverty Reduction Act has finally been introduced by our provincial government. I spent several years on the Opposition side of the Legislature introducing a poverty reduction plan — five times in fact. British Columbia’s first Poverty Reduction Strategy, guided by legislation introduced in early October, will lift thousands of people out of poverty, create more opportunities to break the cycle of poverty and make it easier for people to participate in their communities. You can watch me speaking to the legislation HERE.
Shaped by the experiences, voices and hopes of more than 8,500 people who took part in a broad public engagement on, the proposed legislation requires that government reduce B.C.’s overall poverty rate by 25% and the child poverty rate by 50% in the next five years and that we have a strategy focusing on the key issues faced by people living in poverty, including housing, education, employment, income supports and social inclusion. Learn more HERE
Telephone Town Hall
Thanks to the hundreds of people who called in to my Telephone Town Hall on October 15th. It was a great way to connect with you while I’m representing you in Victoria. We had some excellent dialogue about issues that are important to you. If you didn’t get a chance to get on the call that evening, you can still listen to the audio recording at any time from my Youtube Channel HERE. And if you weren’t able to have your question asked live on air, don't worry, you can always connect with me by email at any time. For those that left their questions as a voice mail at the end of the call, my staff and I are just in the final stages of preparing all the answers and will be getting a response to you shortly.
First Baby in the Legislature
On October 15th I had the great joy of introducing my son, Zavier, from my seat on the floor of the Legislature. This momentous occasion began on March 8 of this year when the B.C. legislative assembly unanimously supported a rule change that allows infants to be on the floor of the legislative chamber while in the care of a parent. This follows previous family friendly changes over the last two decades, such as adding change tables in the washrooms and allowing for maternity leaves.
In 2018, women take on many roles, including motherhood and careers. By improving access to affordable, quality child care programs and supportive workplaces, it’s more and more possible that we’re able to continue in our jobs and careers while being a parent. Read More
This fall, voters will decide whether to keep British Columbia’s existing First Past the Post voting system or change to a system of proportional representation and the period for voting in BC’s Referendum on Electoral Reform is in full swing. Voting packages have begun to be mailed out and if you haven’t received yours yet you have until midnight, November 23, 2018 to request one by visiting www.Elections.BC.CA or calling 1-800-661-8683. There are lots of resources online for learning about the different voting systems including this video. Be sure to get your completed voting package in before November 30th and please, contact my constituency office if you have any questions.
Reconciliation with First Nations and Meeting Climate Action Targets
When I first started as Minister for Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, Northern First Nations involved with LNG Canada from wellhead to tide water sought me out to tell me about their support for this project. Haisla Chief Councillor Smith was clear when she said that they did their research on Northern Gateway bitumen pipeline and said no because it wasn’t good for them or their land, but they said yes to LNG Canada because their research showed them benefits at home and in reducing carbon emissions elsewhere. Nineteen other Nations had similar messages, powerfully telling me that winning at bingo wasn’t an economic development strategy and it was time they got real opportunities from real partnerships.
This showed me LNG Canada met our condition for meaningful partnerships with First Nations. But it also needed to meet our other conditions. With $23 billion in revenue to B.C. coffers under our government’s LNG Framework, taxpayers are getting a fair rate of return for their resources. With local hire first policies and funds for training indigenous workers, thousands of British Columbians are getting job and training opportunities unlike the temporary foreign worker plans of the B.C. Liberal government. And this project will fit within our legislated climate action targets while also providing a revenue source to deliver on home energy retrofit programs like Efficiency BC.
Professional Reliance Review
A big issue in our riding and around the province is professional accountability and reliance when assessing our natural resource operations such as logging and mining. After a review and public commentary period earlier this year, our government introduced the Professional Governance Act which will make several changes to how certain professions are governed. The Act will address public concerns about a need for more government oversight and ensure the implementation of best practices. Notably, we are establishing an office of the superintendent of professional governance to ensure accountability, transparency and that the highest levels of professionalism are achieved.
Make Your Voice Heard!
The BC Government offers many opportunities for the public to listen, get informed and speak up on issues that matter to them.
To learn more and participate visit: http://engage.gov.bc.ca/govtogetherbc
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