MLA Shirley Bond in Victoria May 17, 2018. Photography by John Lehmann

VICTORIA – Today’s NDP Speech from Throne offered little help or hope for people and struggling small businesses, with no plan to deal with economic recovery, unemployment, or the opioid crisis.

“The time for ‘trust me’ has passed for John Horgan. While British Columbians are facing rising case counts and the spread of COVID-19 variants, worried about their health and economic well-being, John Horgan and the NDP have failed to put forward a real plan,” said Interim Leader of the Official Opposition Shirley Bond. “Small businesses are struggling, non-profits are worried about their futures, parents are concerned for their kids, and British Columbia has nearly 40,000 fewer full-time jobs than before the pandemic. John Horgan’s inability to get supports to those who need them most and his failure to put forward any economic recovery plan is deeply concerning.”

British Columbians were looking for hope — COVID cases continue to surge and 53 per cent of British Columbians are $200 or less away from not being able to pay their monthly bills but most of the promises today, such as support for child care and mental health, are simply refurbished versions of broken promises from the previous term of the NDP government and the 2017 election.

“John Horgan says he called a snap election in the middle of a pandemic so B.C. could have a clear path forward. Today it seems he still can’t find a path forward, even with a majority government,” added Bond. “After failing to get COVID relief to families, botching supports for small businesses, and not providing a budget on time, it’s clear that while today’s speech called for British Columbians to do more, the NDP won’t commit to keeping old promises and doing more themselves.”