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Throne Speech

Throne Speech

Today in her throne speech Premier Christy Clark reiterated her focus on job creation, building stronger, safer communities and open government.

“In the coming months, we will chart a clear course for British Columbia as we navigate through these challenging economic times,” said Premier Christy Clark.

As they have been since taking office, families remain a key focus of the Premier's agenda. The throne speech outlined initiatives to benefit families:

· The introduction of a new provincial statutory holiday, Family Day commencing in 2013.

· New legislation to modernize our education system.

· New legislation to modernize the BC College of Teachers.

· Streamlined process for traffic-fine violations to free up provincial court time.

· Looking into more openness in trials of those accused of participating in the Vancouver riot.

· A law to assist family law problems.

· A commitment to work with non-profit groups.

· Anti-bullying policies.

· A summit on social innovation.

Also highlighted were initiatives to defend and create jobs, including:

· A review of the operations of all Crown corporations.

· A Major Investments Office.

· A Jobs and Investment Board.

· $24 million in investment across natural resource ministries.

· Creation of an office of the Municipal Auditor General.

· Changes to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

· Launch of new online tools and a dedicated website to enhance public engagement.


You can watch the full Throne speech here: http://bcleg-ds1.insinc.com/ibc/mp/md/open/l/8/1353/wven.asx or read it here: http://www.leg.bc.ca/39th4th/4-8-39-4.htm

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