New Democrat leader John Horgan speaks to his caucus at the Village Green Hotel Wednesday.

NDP reaching out to Okanagan

B.C.'s NDP leader insists British Columbians are ready for a change

B.C.’s NDP leader insists British Columbians are ready for a change.

Most of the party’s caucus met at Vernon’s Village Green Hotel Wednesday.

‘We are trying to reach out to communities we don’t represent and Vernon is one of those,’ said leader John Horgan.

Horgan says people he talks to are frustrated with the Liberal government.

‘The B.C. Liberals have  made it more difficult for families not easier,’ he said adding that small businesses  have also been hurt by government policies.

Prior to Horgan’s arrival in Vernon, Vernon-Monashee Liberal MLA Eric Foster took aim at the NDP.

‘John Horgan and his NDP MLAs owe local families and businesses an explanation for why they want to drastically increase B.C.’s carbon tax,’ said Foster.

‘The NDP criticized our government for freezing the carbon tax, have promised to raise the carbon tax $10 per year, every year, and have even promised to end the important revenue neutrality of the carbon tax that ensures any money raised by it is passed back to British Columbians in tax cuts.  The NDP want to increase the carbon tax and cancel those tax cuts to spend the money.’

However, Horgan says Foster is wrong and the NDP have not made a decision on the carbon tax.

According to Horgan, he supports the work of a climate action task force appointed by Premier Christy Clark.

‘They suggest the carbon tax be increased in 2018,’ he said.

Among the topics being discussed by the NDP caucus in Vernon are the firing of the Vancouver  school board and the Ministry of Children and Families.

The provincial election is in May.

‘We will have a full slate of candidates,’ said Horgan of Vernon-Monashee and Shuswap.

The NDP caucus holds a public meeting Wednesday at the Village Green Hotel at 6:30 p.m.

 

Just Posted

Okanagan’s oldest mayor shows no sign of slowing down

Mayor James Baker has decades of history in his political career

The hunt is on: Lake Country egg hunt kicks off Easter weekend

It’s the biggest Easter egg hunt in Lake Country

Rollover in West Kelowna

An SUV rollover was reported just after 8:30 a.m. on Boucherie Road.… Continue reading

Support for Penticton shooting victim

A GoFundMe has been started for one of the four people killed April 15

Annual Nk’maplqs Challenge Cup returns easter weekend

The goal of the Vernon-based event is to revitalize the game and the tradition of an all-native hockey tournament in the Interior.

B.C. RCMP receive application for Police Cat Services

RCMP announced the launch of the Police Cat Services unit as an April fools joke

Shuswap dancer stays across street from Penticton shooting day after Salmon Arm tragedy

Dancers come for festival, put in lockdown in rec centre, watch police response from Airbnb window

Kirkland Signature veggie burgers recalled due to possible metal fragments

Recalled products came in 1.7 kg packages with a best before date of Apr. 23, 2019

Chaos at the ferry terminal for people heading from Vancouver to the Island

Easter crowds create backlog at Tsawwassen ferry terminal

Vernon-raised BC Was Awesome producer returns home for filming of episode

The topic of this Vernon-featured episode has not yet been revealed.

COLUMN: Bunnies, sexuality and the freedom to read

A book about a gay bunny has been the subject of challenges

Parents of 13 who tortured children get life after hearing victims

One of their daughters fled their home and pleaded for help to a 911 operator

Vernon choir marks 40 years of making music

Order of Canada recipient directs finale

Most Read