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Weekly Newsletter | Issue #20 | BCNDP Leader John Horgan
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Dear Norman,

The holiday season is here, and with it the end of 2015. It’s a time to look back on the year that was, and that’s what I have been doing this week in interviews with media across the province. (You can read a few of these interviews here and here.)

It’s great to look back on our successes, as there was a lot to be proud of this year. But as one of the reporters pointed out, my vision is clearer this year after having some cataracts taken care of, and I am clearly seeing that a lot of what this government is doing is just wrong.

I spoke a lot with reporters about kids in government care in this province, and about the message we’ve sent to the Premier: the safety net that should be catching these kids is broken and it needs to be fixed immediately.

Yesterday, media reported on a leaked copy of a major government report into this issue. Just like dozens of reports before it, it recommended more resources to fix the ministry responsible for youth in care, echoing calls which I and others have been making for years. Unfortunately, the report also suggested that asking questions of the government on these issues was causing more problems. I disagree. With alarmingly large numbers of young people dying in government care, we need more scrutiny of this broken ministry, not less.
Speaking with the media in one of several interviews this week.
Bob Plecas released his report about problems plaguing the Ministry of Children and Family development this week.
Click here for my year end interview with Vaughn Palmer!
This is just one of the many failings we called on this government to repair this year, and the reporters I spoke with took note of the strong positions we took for British Columbians.

Despite failing so many in this province this year, Premier Clark has managed to be there for her friends, her party and herself. When a campaign donor wanted to buy public land appraised at $5.6 million on Burke Mountain for $100,000, Premier Clark’s government did the deal. When her office was found to be triple deleting emails on a daily basis, Premier Clark did nothing about it. And when her own minister, Amrik Virk, was caught lying, after emails proved he was involved in the Kwantlen Polytechnic University compensation scandal, Premier Clark let it slide.

Reporters I spoke with this week also wanted to know what I thought about the Christy Clark government spin doctors trying to label me as the guy who can only say “no.” 

I say yes a lot. I say yes to projects that are good for British Columbians, yes to diverse economic development that benefits all regions, yes to looking out for each other and yes to the government doing its job when it’s taking over the job of acting as parent to vulnerable children.

I am also proud to be the guy who says “no” to Christy Clark because her decisions have consequences. Life in B.C. today is less affordable, less fair and less open for average people, while those with connections and influence are benefiting.

I’ll be back next week for the last time this year. See you then.

John Horgan
Leader, B.C.’s New Democrats
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