BC Liberals deliver on Jobs, Families and Open Government
We have accomplished a lot during this Fall Legislative Session, including:
1. The BC Jobs Plan and Asia Trade Mission
A commitment to make the most of our position as Canada's gateway to the Asia Pacific, expanding markets for B.C. products particularly in Asia. A commitment to strengthen our infrastructure to get our goods to market and commitment to work with employers and communities, enabling job creation across B.C.Also during the session was the completion of the BC Jobs and Trade Mission where more than 60 business deals and partnership agreements were signed or announced, while Premier Clark attended approximately 70 events and meetings with business and political leaders in China and India.
2. $353-million to build new schools
Students will benefit from new or expanded schools, as the Province rolls out a $353-million school capital plan. The plan includes: six new elementary schools, one new middle school, two new secondary schools, four school additions and six school site purchases - four of which are for future schools.
3. Municipal Auditor General Office
Getting the most value for money will be easier for local governments now that the Province is introducing legislation to establish an Office of the Auditor General for Local Government. The office will support the goals of the Families First Agenda by strengthening local government accountability and ensuring B.C. families receive the best possible return on investment for their taxpayer dollar
4. Support for thousands of ship building jobs
The province worked together with industry and other stakeholders to address labour force priorities related to this once-in-a-lifetime shipbuilding opportunity. Now, we’re gearing up to take full advantage of the economic and job opportunities resulting from the $8-billion shipbuilding contract awarded to Seaspan last month.
5. A family law act to put children first
New legislation ensures family law in B.C. places the best interests of children first when making any decisions involving the child. By replacing the outdated Family Relations Act, which was introduced in 1978, the Family Law Act addresses issues B.C. families are dealing with today.
I am proud of what the BC Liberals have accomplished in this session and I would like to encourage you to go here to see the full story on how we have been working hard on change that works for you.