VICTORIA (July 5, 2019) – BC Liberal MLAs Jordan Sturdy, Greg Kyllo, and Doug Clovechok are expressing concern that partnership with the BC government was notably absent from the federal government’s major announcement of highway improvements this week.
“This is a total departure from business as usual,” said Sturdy, MLA for West Vancouver-Sea to Sky and BC Liberal Transportation critic. “The fact that the federal government has had to step in, without John Horgan and the NDP, is a sign of how far the relationship between the two appears to have deteriorated.”
MP Bernadette Jordan, the federal Minister of Rural Economic Development, made the funding announcement on Wednesday in the Shuswap without the attendance of representatives from the BC NDP government.
“We welcome the much-needed upgrades here in the Shuswap, but seeing the federal government have to come through after the NDP failed on their promise to expedite the four-laning of the Trans-Canada Highway is disheartening,” added Kyllo, MLA for Shuswap. “John Horgan and the NDP have damaged relations with the federal government to such an extent that they are being left out and by-passed in order to make life better for British Columbians.”
In total, the federal government committed $185 million for six major highway and road improvement projects in British Columbia without provincial participation.
“These projects have to eventually be coordinated with the provincial government, but after constant battles over the TMX pipeline it seems our own federal government can’t trust John Horgan and the NDP to work collaboratively,” added Clovechok, MLA for Columbia River-Revelstoke. “British Columbians deserve better.”