For Immediate Release
June 29, 2020
MAPLE RIDGE-PITT MEADOWS — BC Liberal candidate Cheryl Ashlie is calling on John Horgan’s NDP government to provide a solution to ICBC’s road test backlog.
“Constituents from Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows have reached out to me about the NDP’s lack of action to get ICBC road tests going again,” said Ashlie. “People who need to get to work or school are unable to get their license any time soon because the NDP have no plan. This is another roadblock preventing people from getting back to work, including young people who are simply trying to plan and save money by working this summer.”
ICBC road tests were paused to accommodate physical distancing measures meant to flatten the COVID-19 curve. However, as BC is moving into phase 3 of the reopening, the NDP say they can’t expand road testing until they have sufficient personal protective equipment. These excuses by the NDP simply says to British Columbians – ‘We don’t have a plan.’
“Despite reaching out to MLA Lisa Beare numerous times, a local constituent has informed me that she has not received a single response,” Ashlie continues. “This lack of consideration for an important matter impacting British Columbians throughout the province is another indication that this NDP government has no idea what they’re doing. We need a plan to get British Columbians back on track now.
With the backlog potentially pushing tests into 2021 and beyond, the NDP need to provide British Columbians with a plan on how to deal with this everyday necessity.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 24, 2020
MAPLE RIDGE-PITT MEADOWS — BC Liberal candidate Cheryl Ashlie made the following statement today on John Horgan’s plans for a fall 2020 election campaign:
“Since I became a candidate in January, my team and I have been preparing for an election we know could come at any time. We’re fired up and ready to take on the NDP in Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows whenever John Horgan chooses to trigger an election.
“However, I’ve been talking to community members and voters since the beginning of the pandemic, and absolutely nobody is asking for an election right now. They want elected officials to get on with the work of economic recovery — not play political games for partisan gain.
“If a second wave of the virus comes this fall as expected, our province needs to be focused on keeping vulnerable citizens healthy and safe — not putting them at risk with an election campaign a whole year ahead of schedule. The public health restrictions on gatherings and activities could make it almost impossible for voters to get to know their candidates, and safely participate in the democratic process.
“I’m calling on John Horgan and his MLAs to state clearly that they will not trigger an election in fall 2020. And if they won’t make that commitment, they should tell British Columbians why.”
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Ashlie has been at the heart of providing primary care to families and seniors through her work with the Ridge Meadows Divisions of Family Practice. A two-term Maple Ridge councillor and former school board chair, she is a mother of three and grandmother of two.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 2, 2020
MAPLE RIDGE/PITT MEADOWS – Major cuts to mental health and addictions funding in the NDP’s budget will hurt vulnerable people and communities, says BC Liberal candidate Cheryl Ashlie.
The budget presented last week in Victoria includes almost a five per cent cut to the office that develops, monitors, and evaluates mental health and addictions programs, and holds other programs within the ministry flat over three years despite growing needs.
“The need for mental health supports and addiction treatment is only growing in BC – making these cuts all the more short-sighted and damaging,” says Ashlie, who works in primary health care and sees the growing needs first-hand. “We know the NDP are cutting services because they’ve run out of money and failed to grow the economy – but they shouldn’t be making the most vulnerable people in communities like Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows pay the price.”
Cuts to mental health and addictions supports are just the beginning of the services slashed by the NDP budget. K-12 education, transit, childcare, and environmental protection will all suffer funding reductions – despite 23 new or increased taxes since the NDP took power.
“The NDP promised that higher taxes would lead to improved services and lower the cost of living – and it’s now clear those promises were empty,” Ashlie added. “Only Andrew Wilkinson’s BC Liberals will grow our economy so that prosperity pays for the public services British Columbians count on.”
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 25, 2020
MAPLE RIDGE/PITT MEADOWS – BC Liberal candidate Cheryl
Ashlie is calling on the BC government to establish an action plan to prevent
and resolve disruptions to West Coast Express service. The proposal comes after
radical activist groups forced cancellation of the service for the second time
in two weeks, stranding thousands of commuters. The latest blockade was removed
after Canadian Pacific Railway Police gave the protesters a 15-minute grace
period to remove the blockade or be arrested.
“So far, the NDP’s response to these blockades has been tweets and calls for dialogue – and that just doesn’t cut it anymore,” said Ashlie, a former two-term Maple Ridge city councillor. “It’s time for real action that ensures commuters in Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, and other areas are able to get to and from work each day. Families cannot afford any more disruptions — the government needs to stand up for them.”
While politicians should not direct the operations of
police, Ashlie says the provincial government, TransLink, CP Rail, and law
enforcement agencies need to sit down and develop an action plan that will
ensure a rapid, coordinated, and effective response to future blockade attempts
that create chaos throughout Metro Vancouver.
“Our police officers are well trained to de-escalate these
situations safely and with minimal use of force – just like the RCMP did on
Burnaby Mountain, and CP Police did yesterday,” Ashlie added. “It’s time for
our government to give them the backing and support they deserve. If John
Horgan’s NDP won’t do it – then Andrew Wilkinson and a BC Liberal government
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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.”