Provincial budget offers no help to the North Island - Claire Trevena
Victoria - People and communities in the North Island received nothing, no good news at all, in the provincial budget tabled Tuesday, said North Island MLA, Claire Trevena.
“Faced with an economic crisis, a devastated forest industry and increasing poverty, all this government can offer the people of BC are increases in MSP premiums, the new, regressive, HST, and brutal cuts in all areas,” said Trevena.
“And having gone through the election assuring people that the deficit would be no more than $495 million, now the BC Liberals admit it will be six times that amount, at $2.8 billion this year alone.
“We will all pay for this deception through inevitable cuts in education, cuts in health care and other services a government should provide the public. And those cuts come on top of further downloading – there is no extra cash allocated to boards of education or other institutions to pay the annual MSP increase,” Trevena said.
Other areas which have been hit include compliance and enforcement in the Ministry of Forests and the Ministry of Environment. Money going into water stewardship is down 75 percent, and the Premier’s own vaunted climate action secretariat has been cut by 50%. But subsidies to the oil and gas industry are increased.
“The Minister of Finance may say the HST will be an economic fillip. But it will do nothing to get people back to work in a healthy forest industry, it will devastate the tourism industry in the North Island and it will leave many individuals and families worse off, ” said Trevena.
Claire Trevena, MLA
Phone: 250-287-5100 or 866-387-5100