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BC finally has a poverty reduction plan
Despite repeated calls by New Democrats to take action on poverty, the BC Liberal government’s failure to act resulted in high poverty rates that are out of step with the wealth and prosperity of our province. With the March 2019 launch of
TogetherBC we are taking concrete actions to break the cycle of poverty and create a more socially inclusive province.
TogetherBC outlines programs and initiatives that will help reduce overall poverty in the province by 25% and cut child poverty in half over the next five years. The strategy aims to lift 140,000 people out of poverty, including 50,000 children. Further poverty reduction goals will be established as these targets are met. READ MORE

You’re Invited! CleanBC Open House
CleanBC is the province’s new plan aimed at reducing climate pollution while creating jobs and economic opportunities for the people of BC. On March 21, I launched a series of open houses in the riding. The Kaslo open house was a great success and with partners from FortisBC, BCHydro, West Kootenay Eco Society and Community Energy Association, I was pleased to provide an opportunity for local residents to learn more about CleanBC, programs they can access and ask questions and provide feedback. The next two CleanBC Open Houses will be in Creston on April 18 and Nelson on April 23. I look forward to connecting with you there. While an RSVP is not necessary, you can register for the events and further information HERE

No More MSP
Legislation has been introduced that will, effective January 1 2020, eliminate your Medical Services Plan (MSP) premiums. As your government, we continue to make choices that put people first and make life more affordable for British Columbians. Eliminating MSP premiums will save individuals up to $900 a year and families as much as $1,800 a year. This is one of the largest tax cuts for people in B.C.’s history! LEARN MORE

BREAKING NEWS: A Community-based way to manage BC’s forests
The British Columbia government is launching a regionally driven renewal
initiative of the province’s Interior forest industry. This process will empower regions to maintain forest-industry competitiveness within a framework that is locally led and collaboratively driven, leading to a secure future for forest-dependent communities. The initiative will incorporate First Nations’ interests and address the economic, cultural, recreational and other uses of B.C.’s land base. LEARN MORE
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Nelson-Creston Community Office
433 Josephine St. Nelson V1L 1W4

The recent announcement by Telus of $20 million towards upgrading rural internet to fibre optic is wonderful news. The West Kootenay's tech sector and small businesses that rely on high-speed internet will benefit greatly as upgraded networks will allow them to continue expanding markets while keeping their businesses local.
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 such as the caribou recovery agreements.
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