VICTORIA (July 31, 2018) – BC Liberal MLAs Todd Stone, Shirley Bond, and Rich Coleman are calling on the NDP government to recognize the incredible contributions of first responders without diminishing the unique eligibility requirements for veterans licence plates.
“Veterans and first responders have made, and continue to make, tremendous sacrifices on behalf of British Columbians and all Canadians,” said Kamloops-South Thompson MLA Todd Stone. “As the son of a firefighter, I believe the NDP should be looking for ways to honour first responders in their own right, without taking away from the unique contributions of veterans. Honouring first responders should not involve extending to them eligibility for veteran’s licence plates.”
The BC Liberals are calling on the NDP to support a licence plate specifically for first responders, one that is separate and distinct from veteran’s plates.
“The Veteran’s Licence plate program was designed to honour the men and women who have served on our behalf,” added Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond. “It is important to retain the specific recognition for veterans to ensure that their sacrifice and dedication continues to be remembered with gratitude. I have heard from concerned family members about any potential changes and it is critical that their voices be heard.”
The government’s consultation period will last only six weeks and take place solely online.
“Both first responders and veterans deserve to be a part of meaningful consultation from the government on this issue,” said Langley East MLA Rich Coleman. “Unfortunately, the brief online consultation period announced by the government misses this mark.