NDP interim leader Dawn Black asks premier-designate Christy Clark to restore trust in B.C. government

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      New Democrat interim leader Dawn Black issued the following statement this evening (February 26):

      "As interim leader of the official Opposition, I want to offer my congratulations to Christy Clark on winning her party's leadership contest and on becoming the next Premier of British Columbia.

      "British Columbia faces serious economic and social challenges that require the immediate attention of the new Premier-designate and her government.

      "Our unemployment rate is higher anywhere west of the Atlantic Provinces. British Columbians are the most vulnerable among Canadians to an economic downturn. We continue to lead the nation in child poverty. And many British Columbians no longer feel they can trust their government to tell them the truth.

      "Ms. Clark was a key member of the Campbell government and participated in some its most reckless decisions, like bringing in funding changes that led to the closure of a staggering 113 schools in B.C. And she's a strong supporter of the HST, a tax shift that's making it harder for families to make ends meet.

      "Restoring trust in government will need to become her immediate priority.

      "Today I call on Ms. Clark to begin that work by immediately calling MLAs back to the Legislature to take action on behalf of British Columbians.

      "Specifically, she needs to table legislation moving up the HST referendum; establish an independent third party review of the $6 million payoff to the B.C. Liberal insiders in the B.C. Rail corruption trial; and, table a new budget that invests in people, creates jobs, and helps B.C. families make ends meet.

      "I want to assure the new Premier-designate that the official Opposition is eager and ready to get down to work on these priorities.

      "New Democrats will work with the B.C. Liberal government on issues where we agree and continue to provide British Columbians with a principled opposition that offers them a positive agenda for change."




      Feb 26, 2011 at 8:44pm

      I'd like Double Dip Dawn to restore trust for the voters of her constituency by formally renouncing either her Federal or Provincial pension. Or is she just another socialist hypocrite, sucking the public teat with all her might?


      Feb 26, 2011 at 9:45pm

      Just how is she suppose to restore trust in the goverment when she was one of the ones who was the cause of the distrust and as for B.C. Rail you won't get any help there.

      Dan Clay

      Feb 27, 2011 at 6:59am

      Go NDP it is time for the rest of us to be heard,
      When Kisstea thanked Gordo for doing the "RIGHT" thing she meant to complete the sentence the "right wing thing", which of course Christea is all about. End the trickle down myths that only the wealthy uphold,Get this greedy ideology out of our democracy and protect the citizens from corporate greed and indifference to our coast,(no oil tankers)( our sockeye wild salmon) our fresh water systems, Start by clawing back BC Rail, and cancelling the dishonest way CN got it and are now raking in major profits despite Campbells lies of BC Rail not being profitable.

      Just Wondering

      Feb 27, 2011 at 8:19am

      Dawn Black makes a good suggestion but it's not possible. The media spin is going to make people sick.