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OFFICIAL OPPOSITION INTRODUCES BILL TO PROTECT LOW-INCOME FAMILIES FROM HYDRO RATE INCREASES

For Immediate Release - March 27, 2014

VICTORIA –The Official Opposition proposed legislation today to protect low-income families from the BC Liberal government’s reckless hydro rate increases.

“Many families across BC simply cannot afford to pay the exorbitant hydro rate increases that are set to take effect next week,” said Opposition New Democrat energy critic John Horgan. “Since the BC Liberal government continue to make life less affordable for families, we’ve taken steps today to mitigate the looming rate increases and protect those who will be hurt the most.”

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BC OFFICIAL OPPOSTION INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO ENSURE FALL SITTING

For Immediate Release - March 13, 2014

VICTORIA — Official Opposition New Democrats continued to push for legislative reform by introducing legislation that would ensure there is a fall sitting every year.

“The BC Liberal government has consistently chosen to invoke time limits and closure on key pieces of legislation to avoid a fall session and duck accountability,” said Opposition House Leader John Horgan.

BC LIBERAL GOVERNMENT ORDERS INDEPENDENT UTILITY COMMISSION TO RAISE HYDRO RATES

For Immediate Release - March 6, 2014

 

VICTORIA – The independent BC Utility Commission is being forced to implement the BC Liberal government's hydro rate increases - making life less affordable for British Columbians, say the Official Opposition.

 

“Once again, the BC Liberal government is stripping independent government agencies of their ability to do their job of looking out for the best interests of ratepayers,” said Opposition energy critic John Horgan.

NEW DEMOCRATS PROPOSE FIX FOR BROKEN LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE SYSTEM

For Immediate Release - Feb. 27, 2014

 

VICTORIA –New Democrat house leader John Horgan introduced a private member’s bill Thursday to reform the legislature’s broken standing committee system.

The Standing Committee Reform Act would increase the number of committees, expand their mandates, set minimum standards for meeting, and have them report directly to the legislature.

“Standing committees have the ability to do important work, work which better informs the legislature while ensuring that British Columbians are being heard by their representatives,” said Horgan.

“For example The

SITE C PANEL SIDESTEPS BC LIBERAL GOVERNMENT INTERFERENCE

For Immediate Release - Jan. 23, 2014

VANCOUVER – The Site C dam review panel's decision to include vital independent voices in their environmental review is a victory of common sense over BC Liberal government interference, say the Official Opposition New Democrats.

BC Liberal government interference with the Site C project is only increasing the chance that costly mistakes will be made,” said Opposition energy critic John Horgan. “With British Columbians already struggling to pay skyrocketing electricity bills, they can’t afford any more costly BC Liberal government hydro boondoggles.”

OPPOSITION NEW DEMOCRATS CALL FOR EXPANDED OVERSIGHT OF SITE C PROJECT

For Immediate Release - Jan. 3, 2014

VICTORIA — BC's Official Opposition are challenging the BC Liberal government to restore independent oversight and to push for expanded public hearings into the proposed Site C dam.

In a letter sent to Energy Minister Bill Bennett this morning, Opposition energy critic John Horgan and environment critic Spencer Chandra Herbert asked that the government reinstate the independent oversight roles of the BC Utilities Commission and the Agricultural Land Commission, and to take steps to expand public hearings so that they are accessible to the majority of

RECKLESS BC LIBERAL GOVERNMENT HYDRO HIKES WILL HURT HEALTH AUTHORITIES

For Immediate Release - Dec. 9, 2013

VICTORIA — Already struggling with hospital overcrowding, inadequate staffing levels and unacceptable emergency department wait times, B.C.’s health authorities will be hurt further by the BC Liberal government’s reckless B.C. Hydro rate hikes, say Official Opposition New Democrats.

“The cost over two years to just the Interior Health Authority is expected to be more than $650,000,” said Opposition health critic Judy Darcy, who is in Kelowna today meeting with representatives from the Interior Health Authority, patient groups and stakeholders.

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