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Poverty Reduction Plan
For the sixth time, New Democrats have introduced a Poverty Reduction Act for BC. We are the only Canadian province to not have an open and transparent poverty reduction plan with real measures of success. We also have some of Canada's highest poverty levels and least affordable housing and cost of living. Every year since 2013, I have given Christy Clark and the BC Liberal government the chance to change this, but she refuses. Nevertheless, I will continue to ask her to put big corporate donors and partisan politics aside and support of this bill. Watch the video transcript HERE.

Budget Response
When looking at this year’s provincial budget put forward by the BC Liberal government, I could only conclude that it was a blatant attempt to get British Columbians to forget the past 16 years of BC Liberal neglect, service cuts and broken promises.  The cost of living has skyrocketed, 91% of seniors’ homes don’t meet the basic standard of care, a generation of kids have been denied the education they deserve all because of direct choices by the BC Liberal government. And while the promise is to cut MSP, it’s happening after Premier Clark has doubled it and continues to hike BC Hydro and ICBC rates. New Democrats have been calling for an end to MSP and are committed to see it happen along with a budget that puts British Columbians first.
Homeless kids should not be left in the cold
While in Victoria this month, Carole James and I wanted answers, not excuses, on why Maple Ridges homeless kids can expect money for a shelter weeks before an election but not when the shelter needed it two years ago to keep it from closing. However, we later learned that the promise of re-opening the shelter wasn’t true at all. The $1million announced and described by the Minister in this clip is going to an entirely different project. The result is that homeless youth are still left in the cold. We wouldn’t want that for Kootenay kids and we don’t want it for any kids in BC.

Sofa Chat
It’s been really informative and a whole lot of fun to host some of my fellow New Democrat MLAs in a Facebook Live ‘Sofa Chat’ from the BC Legislature. We’ve been discussing current events and topics at the heart of their roles as MLAs and New Democrat Spokespeople. MLA Melanie Mark will be in my office for a special Sofa Chat this Wednesday, International Women's Day, at 11am to talk about women warriors and being a first in BC history. You can tune into my Facebook page to watch live and click the links below to view past Sofa Chats.
  • David Eby and I spoke about BC's housing crisis and how government staff showed up to covertly record and spy on a recent New Dmeocract Party youth event.
  • MLA Jodie Wickens on her motion for $10/day childcare.
  • Gary Holman talking about banning “big money” from BC politics.
Kaslo Heritage Day
On February 18 I attended Kaslo’s Heritage Day events. I arrived and joined a wonderfully large group of residents and visitors on a walking tour of Kaslo’s Heritage sites. You can join a Heritage walking tour anytime you like by downloading a guide to your smart phone. You can find more information HERE.
After the walking tour we enjoyed a light lunch and tea at the Legion Hall. Thank you to all the volunteers who made this such a great day!

I want to hear from you!

Nelson-Creston Community Office
433 Josephine St.
Nelson V1L 1W4


Opioids in Our Community

With the recent news that carfentanil has been found in street drugs in the Kootenays, along with other highly potent opioids, we are seeing overdoses increasing.

There is much government can be doing to curb this crisis, including banning pill presses –a bill New Democrats have introduced. While government slowly acts, however, there are things you can do to help to protect someone you know who may be at risk:

Naloxone (narcan) kits are available for purchase at most pharmacies, and organizations such as ANKORS offer training on how to use them. is a great resource for information including:


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