John Horgan focuses on investing in services to keep people healthy and safe

“You fired 10,000 people, largely women, to give a tax break to the wealthiest people in B.C… It was the wrong thing to do. It focused on people who didn't need help, and punished those who did. That doesn't build community, it doesn't build our economy, and it certainly didn't help seniors when the pandemic hit.”

October 13, 2020

At tonight’s debate, BC NDP Leader John Horgan focused on his plan to support people and keep BC moving forward during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Early in the debate, Horgan pressed Andrew Wilkinson on the BC Liberal record on seniors care and how it left seniors vulnerable to COVID-19:
“You fired 10,000 people, largely women, to give a tax break to the wealthiest people in B.C… It was the wrong thing to do. It focused on people who didn’t need help, and punished those who did. That doesn’t build community, it doesn’t build our economy, and it certainly didn’t help seniors when the pandemic hit.”
When Wilkinson refused to answer the question about whether cutting seniors care was a mistake, Horgan continued:

“The consequences, Andrew, of your decisions were profound and tragic for seniors who found themselves in a pandemic without sufficient people to help them… That’s a profound mistake. I think you should acknowledge that and take responsibility for it.”
Horgan also highlighted BC’s continent leading climate plan, his economic recovery plan, and his plan to continue investing in making childcare and housing more affordable.
Horgan contrasted his own plan with Wilkinson’s, which benefits the wealthy and well-connected. On housing, Horgan noted that Wilkinson’s plan would:

“… eliminate the speculation tax so the speculators that used to support the BC Liberals can get back to the good old days – the wild west of driving up costs. The speculation tax has meant that 11,000 condominiums that were vacant are now being populated by renters. That’s bringing down costs for regular people. And you know full well that if you give back to the 1% that are affected by the spec tax, $115 million, we’ll have no money to build the housing that we need. It works for everybody and it’s very popular, except with BC Liberals.”

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