FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 19, 2020
MAPLE RIDGE/PITT MEADOWS – BC Liberal candidate Cheryl Ashlie is calling out John Horgan and the NDP for yet another budget with no new policies to help people get ahead in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows.
“This NDP budget has no plan to make life more affordable or create jobs and opportunity,” said Ashlie. “People here in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows have been asking for important investments in our community ranging from infrastructure upgrades to help with homelessness, mental health, and addictions. This budget leaves us high and dry.”
By 2022, the amount paid in taxes per household in B.C. will have increased by over $2,362 under the NDP government. Under John Horgan, taxes are up $5.7 billion while spending has increased by $11.4 billion.
“John Horgan says everything is going well but gas prices and ICBC rates are sky-high, unemployment and job losses are up, housing starts are down, and retail sales are stagnant. British Columbians aren’t getting ahead and life is less affordable than ever before,” added Andrew Wilkinson, BC Liberal Leader. “People are dealing with 22 new or increased NDP taxes and yet still no $400 annual renters’ rebate, no $10-a-day childcare, and we’re still 98 years away from the NDP fulfilling their affordable housing target. Families across the province are going to keep feeling the squeeze under John Horgan.”
The NDP’s 2020 budget fails to address the 240th Street Bridge, which would alleviate the traffic burden Golden Ears Provincial Park places on the area, while also providing an alternate access to Silver Valley. This budget is also void of key education requests, such as the replacement of Pitt Meadows Secondary and consideration of a post-secondary institution, which both councils and Katzie First Nation have advanced. And with all of the concerns of homelessness, especially for youth, the local NDP MLAs have failed to address the loss of the Maple Ridge Youth Safe House.
“While the NDP continue to have no plan for economic growth or how to tackle our communities’ most critical issues such as education and health care, families here in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows are going to keep feeling the squeeze of John Horgan’s affordability crisis,” concluded Ashlie. “NDP MLAs Bob D’Eith and Lisa Beare claim they have been advocating for our communities for three years, but this budget proves they are failing to get anything done for British Columbians.”