The BC Liberals can’t be trusted on ICBC

BC Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson and Kamloops MLA Todd Stone have been telling us ICBC is broken and needs to be replaced. What they never say is that they and the BC Liberals were the ones who broke ICBC in the first place.

For 16 years, the BC Liberals ignored problems at ICBC. Follow the money. Private insurers and the legal industry filled Liberal coffers, costs spiralled out of control, and the rest of us paid the price. The NDP government was left with the unenviable and painful task of cleaning up the mess. It’s time for major changes, like the ones the BC NDP has announced.

By cutting out expensive legal costs from the system, drivers will save an average of 20% on their insurance, an average of $400 a year. And an enhanced system that provides better care for folks injured in an accident — without losing money to legal fees or costs.

Wilkinson and Stone will still probably say we need private insurance. What they won’t say is that they and the BC Liberals took more than $140,000 alone in donations from their friends in the insurance industry.

Make no mistake: private insurance will cost people more. Insurance rates are going through the roof in provinces with private insurance – Ontario has the highest rates in the country and in Alberta, rates are going up 30% this year.

I for one am glad to see ICBC working for regular British Columbians again – not just for lawyers and the BC Liberals’ insurance industry friends.

NDP Candidate Cynthia Egli Champions a New Deal for the People

KAMLOOPS – Family Justice Counsellor Cynthia Egli will be the NDP’s candidate in Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo, vowing to put people first, fighting for head-to-toe healthcare, affordable housing, and climate action.

“I’m passionate about my community and am committed to making life better for everyday families, instead of wealthy corporations,” said Egli. “I was raised on the values of putting people first, and that means fighting for workers, families, seniors, students, and those who have been left behind by Liberal and Conservative governments.”

Egli works as a counsellor and mediator with the British Columbia Ministry of the Attorney General, is a member of the BCGEU provincial executive and is a part owner of a small business. She and her husband raised their two daughters in the BC Interior. She holds a Masters Degree in Leadership from Royal Roads University.

“The NDP’s A New Deal for People takes on the big polluters, drug companies, and corporate tax giveaways that have cost working people too much for too long,” said Egli. “Imagine a government led by people like me who have a history of standing up for ordinary people instead of protecting the rich and powerful. I’m in this for you.”

Pride Parade and NDP Booth

Bill Sundhu, President of the federal riding, has reserved a spot in this Sunday’s Pride Parade and booked a booth on behalf of all New Democrats in Kamloops and area.
Bill is inviting us to walk in the parade and visit the NDP booth this Sunday.

Bill wrote …

Please join with other New Democrats this weekend and celebrate the diversity that strengthens our community and enriches all lives.

The Kamloops Pride Parade and Festival is set for this Sunday. New Democrats in Kamloops will walk in the parade and share our social democratic values with those in attendance at our booth.

Please arrive early and check-in at our booth on St. Paul Street. We will have banners, orange t-shirts and more to share with you. Feel free to make and bring your own sign.

Regards,
Bill Sundhu

Politicians and lies

On every topic, different people have different points of view, based on their different experiences. It is that diversity that a gives democracy its dynamic character; and by drawing on that diversity, we have a better chance of finding solutions to the difficult, intractable problems that confront us, from climate change and nuclear war on down.  So I find it deeply disturbing when politicians step beyond a reasoned, responsible advocacy to engage in deliberate falsehoods and misrepresentation — to become trouble makers rather than problem solvers. We see every day how public discourse in the United States has been poisoned by politicians who are willing to lie in order to sow disrespect, hatred, and division for their own narrow purposes, indifferent to the harm they are doing to the community as a whole. Unfortunately, such behaviour is not confined by borders.  We see examples in Canadian politicians, and, in particular, in BC politicians, of emotional manipulation and an irresponsible disregard for truth. I encourage you to take a look at: https://www.bcndp.ca/latest/why-are-two-bc-liberal-mlas-sharing-fake-news-and-conspiracy-theories

 

Bill Roberts, President, Kamloops South Thompson

More funding for public transit

From the Prime Minister’s web site, July 18, 2019:

British Columbians need efficient and affordable public transit to get them to work or school on time, and back home safely at the end of the day. By investing in public transit, we fight climate change, reduce commute times, strengthen the middle class, and build more sustainable communities.

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, Premier of British Columbia, John Horgan, and President and Chief Executive Officer for BC Transit, Erinn Pinkerton, today announced more than $79 million in joint funding to improve public transit in British Columbia. This funding includes $16 million in contributions from municipalities.

These funds will be used to purchase 118 new buses for use in Victoria and communities across British Columbia. The new buses will help shorten daily commutes, reduce the number of cars on the road, and make the province a greener place to live.

The new buses will replace others at the end of their life cycle or increase capacity in communities where ridership is growing. They will be more efficient, have improved accessibility and safety features, and will support BC Transit’s new NextRide technology and closed-circuit television security cameras. By investing in zero-emission buses, the Government of Canada is also working towards fulfilling its Drive to Zero pledge, and is taking steps towards achieving a transition to zero-emission vehicles and a clean economy.

  • The Government of Canada has invested over $2.4 billion in more than 40 public transit projects in British Columbia.
  • The transportation sector accounts for 25 per cent of Canada’s emissions. Investments in public transit help improve commuting, reduce air pollution, strengthen communities, and grow the Canadian economy.

“A strong public transit system is essential to making B.C. communities more affordable for the people who live in them, and to greening our transportation systems. Through this investment, we can meet rising transit demand, attract new transit riders, and put public transit in B.C. on a solid road toward a green future.”

—The Hon. John Horgan, Premier of British Columbia

 

New Democrats Set Nomination Meeting

(Kamloops)  Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo NDP President Bill Sundhu announced that the party has set Sunday, May 26, 2019 for nomination meetings to be held in 100 Mile House, Clearwater, and Kamloops. New Democrats will select their candidate for the federal election set for October 21, 2019.

May 26th meetings will be held as follows

100 Mile House nomination meeting
10:00 – 11:00 AM
Creekside Seniors Centre, 501 Cedar Ave, 100 Mile House

Clearwater nomination meeting
2:00 – 3:00 PM
Clearwater Public Library Meeting Room, 422 Murtle Crescent, Clearwater

Kamloops nomination meeting
7:00 – 8:00 PM
St. Andrews on the Square, 159 Seymour Street, Kamloops

Media are welcome.

New Democrats Nomination Meeting in 100 Mile House

(Kamloops)  Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo NDP President Bill Sundhu announced that the party has set Sunday, May 26, 2019 for nomination meetings to be held in 100 Mile House, Clearwater, and Kamloops. New Democrats will select their candidate for the federal election set for October 21, 2019.

Nomination meetings in Clearwater and Kamloops to follow later in the day and early evening.

New Democrats Nomination Meeting in Kamloops

(Kamloops)  Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo NDP President Bill Sundhu announced that the party has set Sunday, May 26, 2019 for nomination meetings to be held in 100 Mile House, Clearwater, and Kamloops. New Democrats will select their candidate for the federal election set for October 21, 2019.

This Nomination meeting follows earlier meetings in 100 Mile House and Clearwater.