VICTORIA (February 26, 2019) – Leader of the Official Opposition, Andrew Wilkinson, released the following statement today for BC Colleges Day:
“Each year B.C.’s 11 colleges help 125,000 students get closer to achieving their dreams.
“But a diploma, certificate, or degree is only the beginning of their path to success. To truly help those students get ahead in life, there must be an opportunity waiting after they graduate.
“Colleges excel in giving British Columbians hands on training, especially for skilled trades. For many years, an education at a B.C. college almost guaranteed a good job on the other end.
“Unfortunately, this soon may no longer be the case. In their recent Budget, the NDP government confirmed that resource revenues and housing starts are expected to plummet in 2019. The NDP have admitted that the construction and resource sectors are facing major setbacks – critical employers for skilled workers in the trades.
“We only need to look to the NDP’s inept handling of the Coastal GasLink pipeline dispute to see how government can block opportunity for newly skilled grads. In fact, in the year after the NDP took office, Canada’s resource sector lost billions in planned investment. Lost investment means lost jobs and fewer opportunities.
“A good education is the most important step a young person can make to get ahead in life. British Columbia’s colleges prove every year that we are an education powerhouse, and our people are our best resource. Let’s make sure they have opportunities to put their new skills to work!”