Following through on our commitments to people: The first 10 weeks of John Horgan’s B.C. New Democrat government

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VICTORIA – Premier John Horgan and the New Democrat government have been working hard for people. After 16 years of a B.C. Liberal government that only cared about their wealthy friends and supporters, it’s going to take time to fix the problems they created. But the New Democrat government is taking strong first steps to make life better for British Columbians.

In just 10 weeks, Premier John Horgan and the B.C. New Democrat government have already delivered on many key campaign commitments:

 

Making life more affordable

 

Increasing income assistance and disability payments by $100

https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2017PREM0065-001330

Increasing earnings exemptions for people on income and disability assistance by $200 a month

https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2017SDPR0057-001597

Eliminating tolls on the Port Mann and Golden Ears bridges

https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2017PREM0075-001508

Eliminating tuition fees on Adult Basic Education and English Language Learning programs

https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2017PREM0071-001404

Making post-secondary education free for former children in care

https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2017PREM0076-001509

Reducing MSP Premiums

https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2017FIN0024-001557

Limiting ICBC rate increases for drivers

https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2017AG0018-001534

Sending the Site C project for an independent review

https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2017EMPR0018-001380

Establishing a minister of state as a first step toward affordable and accessible child care

https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2017PREM0061-001322

https://www.leg.bc.ca/documents-data/debate-transcripts/41st-parliament/2nd-session/20170911pm-Hansard-n12#12B:1440

Increasing funding for the construction of affordable and supportive housing

https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2017FIN0024-001557

Purchasing the Waneta Dam through BC Hydro

https://www.bchydro.com/news/press_centre/news_releases/2017/bc-hydro-plan-to-purchase-two-third-interest-in-waneta-dam-will-.html

 

Good jobs, across the province

 

Increasing access to trades training

https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2017AEST0051-001465

Increasing the minimum wage

https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2017LBR0003-001586

Restoring the credit union tax benefit and lifting the cap on lending

https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2017FIN0025-001605

https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2017FIN0024-001557

Reducing the small business corporate income tax rate from 2.5% to 2%
https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2017FIN0024-001557

 

Investing in key services

 

Increasing funding for K-12 education

https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2017FIN0024-001557

Increasing funding for BC Healthy Kids Program

https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2017SDPR0054-001502

Restoring the UBC Therapeutics Initiative

https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2017FIN0024-001557

Establishing a stand-alone Ministry to tackle the overdose crisis

https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2017FIN0024-001557

Restoring balance at and investing in the Residential Tenancy Branch

https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2017FIN0024-001557

 

A better B.C.

Making reconciliation a priority

https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2017AG0020-001548

https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2017PREM0080-001537

Restoring the Human Rights Commission

https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2017PREM0069-001392

Reviewing the Hullcar Aquifer to ensure drinking water is safe

https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2017ENV0043-001376

Standing up for B.C.’s interests in the face of Kinder Morgan

https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2017ENV0050-001494

Tackling gangs and gun violence

https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2017PSSG0047-001469

Increasing the Carbon Tax and ensuring revenues support families and fund green initiatives

https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2017FIN0024-001557

Ending Big Money in B.C. Politics

https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2017PREM0084-001592

Supporting people affected by the wildfires

https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2017FLNR0291-001587

Increasing safety on our bridges and highways

https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2017TRAN0222-001470

https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2017TRAN0224-001477

Reviewing the George Massey Tunnel corridor

https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2017TRAN0230-001540