NDP Interim Leader Dawn Black's Statement on Cabinet Swearing-In
VICTORIA- New Democrat interim leader Dawn Black issued the following statement today in response to the swearing-in of Premier Christy Clark and her cabinet:
“I want to start by congratulating Premier Clark and her cabinet. It’s always an important day for our democracy when a premier is sworn in.
“However, the fact remains that it’s the policies that really matter. And Premier Clark has said very little about just what she will do for B.C. families.
“Will she tackle rising costs faced by families -- skyrocketing Hydro increases, MSP increases, ferry fares increases -- that are making it much harder to make ends meet? Will she restore cuts to education and take steps to address overcrowded classrooms? What steps will she take to address growing child poverty?
“These are the some of the practical questions British Columbians have for Ms. Clark. Today she didn’t answer them.
“Today we heard very little new from Ms. Clark. Today, the changes were cosmetic, not substantive.
“Ms. Clark promised dramatic and immediate change, but it still looks like more of the same. In fact, the one person who I expected she would give a major role was Moira Stillwell, someone who has respect on both sides of the House. And she kept her out. So the jury is still out.
“Talking about change is the easy part. Delivering real change takes more.
“And after 10 years of B.C. Liberal government, quite frankly, it will take a change in government. So, I wish Ms. Clark well, but like many British Columbians, I am very skeptical.”