Delayed budget means delayed relief for B.C.

DAWSON CREEK (February 16, 2021) – During a time when British Columbians are needing more relief than ever as we enter the second year of the pandemic, all John Horgan and NDP have to offer ​are more delays.

“Today would normally mark the introduction of a new ​provincial budget, but this year, that won’t happen for another two months,” said Mike Bernier, BC Liberal Critic for Finance and MLA for Peace River South. “This delay means it will be weeks before the government provides any meaningful new supports for those impacted by COVID-19. Meanwhile, what few supports the NDP has provided in the last year have been failures, bogged down with delays and falling short of what was originally promised.”

After seven months, thousands of British Columbians are still waiting for the pandemic pay that was promised last spring. The B.C. Recovery Benefit rollout has been slow and frustrating for applicants and the NDP’s business grant program has been a resounding failure with only $12 million of the $300 million allocated getting into the hands of struggling small businesses.

“British Columbians want to see this government take real steps to address the urgent needs in our province, but instead, the NDP has chosen to put off their responsibilities for as long as possible,” added Bernier. “The NDP has had a year to think of ways that they can help people during the pandemic, but instead of offering relief or developing a real plan for economic recovery, they’re taking too much time and delaying supports for those who need it most.”

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