What you need to know about BC Budget 2016

Feb 16, 2016
“The measure of any society is reflected in the degree to which it is willing to help the most vulnerable.” Mike de Jong in the BC Budget 2016 Speech If this is the measure we apply to Budget 2016, then BC is failing miserably. What this budget offers to BC’s most vulnerable is a drop in the bucket…. View Article

Budget 2016: less money collected as taxes and spent on health and education

Feb 16, 2016
For me, the most interesting part of British Columbia’s Budgets are always at the back of the 134 page Budget and Fiscal Plan document. Buried back there in tables A9 to A13 is information about how much of the province’s treasure is being collected from various sources and spent in various program areas going back… View Article

7 things that should be in the BC Budget but were missing from the Throne Speech

Feb 15, 2016
BC Budget 2016 will be tabled tomorrow but we already know it will include a break on MSP premiums for some single parents, $50 million for new affordable housing initiatives this year (with funding also committed in each of the next four years), help for first-time home buyers, more resources for the long neglected BC child welfare system,… View Article

BC’s job market is weaker than the government would like you to believe

Feb 12, 2016
Premier Christy Clark rarely misses a chance to take credit for BC’s recent economic growth and job creation numbers even though they have more to do with plunging oil prices and the low dollar than with any action her government has taken. This year’s throne speech was no exception, calling BC “an island of prosperity” and a leader:… View Article

BC throne speech rhetoric doesn’t match reality

Feb 10, 2016
Yesterday’s throne speech paints a rosy picture of BC as an “island of prosperity.” It acknowledges that “all British Columbians deserve to share in the benefits of a growing economy” but it glosses over the fact that many currently don’t. What is worse, the provincial government’s own inaction in key policy areas is what’s causing tremendous hardship… View Article

Lower premiums for single parents not enough; it’s time to see the end of MSP

Feb 9, 2016
In the lead up to the provincial budget we talk a lot about the changes we want to see in how our government is spending our public funds. And with good reason. After years of neglect and underfunding, alarming holes are emerging in key areas from child protection services and public schools to housing affordability and climate action. They need… View Article