Premier Clark’s throne speech repeats election vows

Premier sits in visitor seats of legislature as her government begins a rare summer session to pass budget

Richmond East MLA Linda Reid is led into the B.C. legislature to begin her term as speaker Wednesday.

VICTORIA – Premier Christy Clark sat in the visitor seats of the B.C. legislature Wednesday as her government’s throne speech renewed the B.C. Liberal commitments from the May election.

Lt. Governor Judith Guichon read a brief speech to open a rare summer session of the legislature, reiterating government commitments for four consecutive balanced budgets and a freeze on carbon tax and most personal income tax rates. Clark attended before returning to duties as premier and a campaign for a seat in Westside-Kelowna in a byelection set for July 10.

“Waiting to take a seat makes it a little bit harder to get down to business as quickly as I’d like, but I’m not letting that get in the way,” Clark told reporters on a visit to a care facility under construction in Saanich. “We called the legislature back before I had a seat because we want to get this balanced budget passed.”

NDP house leader John Horgan called it a “bogus” budget that aims to hold health care spending below one per cent growth, a target not seen since the Social Credit restraint program of the early 1980s.

The legislature is to sit until July 25, debating the budget and the spending estimates for all government ministries as required by law.

The first order of business Wednesday was the unanimous election of veteran Richmond East B.C. Liberal MLA Linda Reid as speaker of the legislature.

Coquitlam-Burke Mountain B.C. Liberal MLA Doug Horne was elected deputy speaker and  Burnaby-Edmonds NDP MLA Raj Chouhan is assistant deputy speaker.

 

Just Posted

Cowichan Lake Community Forest Co-op hands out $50K

‘Legacy grants’ have gone to a variety of groups for everything from a heat pump to meals on wheels

Cowichan Milk Company: from grass to glass

Farm stand open 6 days a week, and home delivery is available everywhere from Mill Bay to Chemainus.

Future looks bright for Dancing Dandelion Farms in North Cowichan

Producing both flowers and veggies, this couple have plenty to keep them busy

Search continues for missing Colin Court at Cowichan Lake

RCMP still hoping someone will come forward with further information

UPDATE with VIDEO: Daughter calls for animal safety measures after fatal accident on Cowichan’s Hwy. 18

“Safety studies and improvements to Highway 18 are vitally important”

‘Actors can play any roles’: Debate over ‘colour-blind’ casting after Victoria lawsuit

Tenyjah Indra McKenna filed a complaint over racially-motivated casting

Infants more vulnerable to measles than previously thought: Canadian study

Babies typically don’t receive the measles vaccine until they are 12 months old

Shatner, Obomsawin among 39 inductees to Order of Canada today

Shatner is being given one of Canada’s highest civilian honours for his 60-year career

John Mann, singer and songwriter of group Spirit of the West dead at 57

Mann died peacefully in Vancouver on Wednesday from early onset Alzheimer’s

Teacher tells B.C. Supreme Court that student was ‘happy’ to watch smudging ceremony in classroom

Case being heard in Nanaimo over indigenous cultural practice in Port Alberni classroom

VIDEO: B.C. high school’s turf closed indefinitely as plastic blades pollute waterway

Greater Victoria resident stumbles on plastic contamination from Oak Bay High

B.C. mayor urges premier to tweak road speeds in an ‘epidemic of road crash fatalities’

Haynes cites ICBC and provincial documents in letter to John Horgan

Four arrested after report of shots fired in Nanaimo

RCMP arrest four suspects in high-risk takedown in Cedar

Most Read