VANCOUVER — BC Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson will hold his fourth telephone townhall of the COVID-19 pandemic today, continuing his focus on hearing directly from British Columbians about their needs and concerns amid the health and economic crisis.
“As we continue our collective fight against the virus, it’s time for us to focus on economic recovery and ensuring BC comes back from this crisis stronger, healthier, and more resilient,” Wilkinson said. “While British Columbia has been successful in bending the COVID-19 curve, we now need to focus our efforts on defining a clear economic recovery plan for BC – and that starts with hearing directly from British Columbians about the challenges they’re facing.”
On previous telephone townhalls that engaged over 35,000 total participants, Wilkinson has fielded questions and feedback from a wide range of British Columbians – including small business owners, parents of young children, and local government officials facing economic uncertainty and major disruption.
“I’m hearing loud and clear from British Columbians that now is a time to put ideology aside and work together across parties, businesses, and unions to bring forward the best ideas on how we can reopen and expand our economy,” Wilkinson added. “British Columbians need to know that the likely recession that we are in will be followed by a strong recovery, leading to a prosperous economy in the long term. The prosperity of B.C. and our future generations is at risk. Now is the time for us to be bold and brave.”
Wilkinson sent a letter to Premier Horgan yesterday outlining ideas that would aid BC’s economic recovery through much-needed tax breaks and financial relief for small businesses and the workers who depend on them.
All members of the public are welcome to participate in today’s event at 1:00 PM by registering online at bclib.ca/townhall. A list of health care, economic relief, and other resources is available at bclib.ca/covid19.