Premier Clark’s throne speech repeats election vows

Premier sits in visitor seats of legislature as her government begins a rare summer session to pass budget

Richmond East MLA Linda Reid is led into the B.C. legislature to begin her term as speaker Wednesday.

VICTORIA – Premier Christy Clark sat in the visitor seats of the B.C. legislature Wednesday as her government’s throne speech renewed the B.C. Liberal commitments from the May election.

Lt. Governor Judith Guichon read a brief speech to open a rare summer session of the legislature, reiterating government commitments for four consecutive balanced budgets and a freeze on carbon tax and most personal income tax rates. Clark attended before returning to duties as premier and a campaign for a seat in Westside-Kelowna in a byelection set for July 10.

“Waiting to take a seat makes it a little bit harder to get down to business as quickly as I’d like, but I’m not letting that get in the way,” Clark told reporters on a visit to a care facility under construction in Saanich. “We called the legislature back before I had a seat because we want to get this balanced budget passed.”

NDP house leader John Horgan called it a “bogus” budget that aims to hold health care spending below one per cent growth, a target not seen since the Social Credit restraint program of the early 1980s.

The legislature is to sit until July 25, debating the budget and the spending estimates for all government ministries as required by law.

The first order of business Wednesday was the unanimous election of veteran Richmond East B.C. Liberal MLA Linda Reid as speaker of the legislature.

Coquitlam-Burke Mountain B.C. Liberal MLA Doug Horne was elected deputy speaker and  Burnaby-Edmonds NDP MLA Raj Chouhan is assistant deputy speaker.

 

Just Posted

Elk River reclaims property as its own

Laws make it harder to protect private land than ever before says farmer, local government

Smoke-free summer a boon for West Kootenay tourism

Tourism centres seeing numbers up

Black Press Kootenay Career Fair underway in Cranbrook

Today, Thursday, August 22, around 40 employers will be waiting to meet potential new employees

National trail group decries province’s plans for West Kootenay trail

Converting trail back to motorized use will harm its international reputation, says official

Cannings to pedal through South Okanagan — West Kootenay riding

MP leaves from Nakusp on Aug. 23 and ends in Kaleden on Aug. 29.

B.C. sockeye returns drop as official calls 2019 ‘extremely challenging’

Federal government says officials are seeing the same thing off Alaska and Washington state

Expanded support to help B.C. youth from care attend university still falling short

Inadequate support, limited awareness and eligibility restrictions some of the existing challenges

Ethnic media aim to help maintain boost in voting by new Canadians

Statistics Canada says new Canadians made up about one-fifth of the voting population in 2016

Cross-examination begins for B.C. dad accused of killing young daughters

Andrew Berry is charged in the deaths of six-year-old Chloe and four-year-old Aubrey in 2017

Dog attacked by river otters, Penticton owner says

Marie Fletcher says her dog was pulled underwater by four river otters in the Penticton Channel

BC SPCA overwhelmed with cats, kittens needing homes

Large number of cruelty investigations, plus normal ‘kitten season’ to blame

B.C. Hydro applies for rare cut in electricity rates next year

Province wrote off $1.1 billion debt to help reverse rate increase

Speculation tax forces sale of Greater Victoria’s iconic ‘Tulip House’

Bob and Jan Fleming selling their retirement home famous for its thousands of tulips

Most Read