SURREY (March 18, 2019) – BC Liberal MLA Marvin Hunt is calling on the BC NDP to take meaningful action to combat poverty in British Columbia after the government released an underwhelming poverty reduction plan – which took 15 months and $1.2 million to develop.
“After nearly two years in office, the NDP has released its long-awaited poverty reduction plan – except there’s nothing new in this plan to actually help people out of poverty,” says Marvin Hunt, Social Development and Poverty Reduction critic and Surrey-Cloverdale MLA. “This reads more like another NDP re-announcement than a substantive government strategy.”
Hunt notes the NDP’s plan contains significant gaps – offering no plan for economic growth and ignoring the importance of well-paying jobs for British Columbians’ financial security. The strategy also contains no mention of the 19 new or increased taxes the NDP has introduced since taking office, which raise the cost of living in British Columbia.
“The Premier himself admits British Columbians are working two or three jobs just to get by,” says Hunt. “But instead of tackling this unacceptable situation, Premier Horgan and his government seem to be using this strategy as an opportunity to pat themselves on the back. British Columbians need more than a redistribution of money. They need access to opportunities, and the NDP is failing to deliver.”