BC Liberals criticize NDP change to Family Day

Michelle Stilwell

BC Liberal critics Michelle Stilwell and Doug Clovechok on Friday accused the NDP of taking aim at the tourism industry by unilaterally moving Family Day to the third Monday from next year.

They said: “The B.C. Family Day weekend has become one of the top performing business periods of the year for many B.C. ski destinations, generating between $7-10 million in incremental visitor spending per winter. In a time of economic uncertainty for many industries, [Premier] John Horgan is now saying he doesn’t have their back.

“The absolute lack of consultation is a slap in the face to the sector and highlights the NDP’s priorities, which clearly aren’t British Columbian jobs.

“It’s another reminder the BC NDP simply doesn’t care about small businesses or the economy. The NDP is taking opportunities away from our resource based industries, needlessly putting our wine industry at risk, threatening the agricultural sector and are now going after our tourism economy.

“It seems the only thing this government will not consult on is creating jobs.”