OPINION: B.C. is stronger together


NDP MLA for Richmond Queensborough


OVER the last few years, British Columbians have been challenged in ways we never could have imagined.

We’ve gotten through this by supporting each other and investing in the services that people rely on, like health care, housing, and child care.

As we continue to respond to the effects of the pandemic, we will be building on our strengths to prepare us for the challenges – and opportunities – of tomorrow.

Through Budget 2022, we’re building an even stronger B.C. and making life better for people by investing in our province’s economic, environmental, and social strengths.

From taking action to fight climate change, to reducing costs like child care, we want all British Columbians to know that we’ve got their back.

People in Richmond can look forward to investments we are making in and around the city. This includes the redevelopment of Richmond Hospital and the new Acute Care Tower, as well as the George Massey Tunnel replacement and the Highway 99/Steveston Interchange project that will improve reliability and travel time through the region.

Richmond is a growing, vibrant community. By increasing access to quality health care, and providing people with toll-free crossing and increased transit, cycling and walking connections, we will be improving the everyday lives of people in Richmond.

We know that the recovery from the pandemic looks different for people across B.C., and our government is listening to concerns about rising costs for necessities like food and housing. That is why we are working to make life more affordable for people through continued funding for childcare, and housing. Starting this June, minimum wage increases will be tied to inflation.

As we begin to emerge from this pandemic, some may argue we should roll back these investments and cut support programs. New Democrats know that approach would hurt those trying to get back on their feet and halt our economic recovery. Based on his track record, we can bet that Kevin Falcon would choose to make life harder and more expensive for everyday people.

The resilience of people during these challenging times reminds us that together, we are stronger. There is much more work to do as we move through recovery. Our government remains committed to working for all British Columbians.