FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 30, 2020
PORT MOODY-COQUITLAM – As BC families struggle to make ends meet, BC Liberal candidate James Robertson is dismayed at the disclosure of Horgan’s decision to pay two NDP insiders over $200,000 for their failed efforts to solve the Coastal GasLink pipeline dispute.
“Thousands of British Columbians are out of work, our economy is in crisis, and young families like mine are worried about school and childcare this fall – yet NDP insiders are pocketing huge fees for delivering no results,” said Robertson, a leadership specialist, military veteran, and father of two young children. “So far, the NDP’s only economic recovery plan is a bailout for their closest friends and supporters.”
Robertson’s comments come after the NDP were forced to admit payments of more than $200,000 in taxpayer dollars to NDP ex-Members of Parliament Nathan Cullen and Murray Rankin. The Horgan government solicited Cullen and Rankin to resolve the dispute between Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs and the Coastal GasLink project. The NDP insiders have failed to secure the hereditary chiefs’ support for the project and elected First Nations chiefs have slammed the process for ignoring their feedback and damaging Indigenous reconciliation efforts.
“These extravagant handouts of tax dollars to NDP insiders is bad and their involvement has made the situation even worse,” Robertson added. These payments come on top of millions in cost overruns on government projects such as highway expansions and the Pattullo Bridge — which will cost $100 million more. “People in Port Moody-Coquitlam and throughout BC deserve a government focused on economic recovery and creating opportunity – and that’s what Andrew Wilkinson and the BC Liberals will deliver.”
“This is money that should be spent to improve parks and school infrastructure in our communities, things we are struggling with locally”, Robertson concluded, “Yet it’s being paid out to select NDP unions and friends under the guise of a Community Benefit program which excludes a large percentage of the workforce to seek gainful employment. If this is how the NDP’s see the path forward for an economic recovery will be, we are in trouble.”
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