Premier John Horgan and local Langford-Sooke MLA gave the following 30 minute address to the participants the Union of BC Municipalities conference. In it, he covers the summer fires, the opioid crisis, striking a fair forestry deal with our southern neighbours, relationships with the feds (and hairlines), his agreement with the Greens, resource and high tech jobs and Amazon, and more.
At the very least, listen to the opening minute. It’s funny. The last two and a half minutes are pretty moving too.
“We’re listening and working in partnership with local leaders to find solutions and respond to urgent issues like wildfires, housing and the overdose crisis.”
Province partners with local governments to help with wildfire recovery, take action on overdoses and build affordable housing for people
The British Columbia government is taking action to help communities deal with urgent challenges and partnering with local governments to make life better for people throughout B.C., Premier John Horgan announced today in a speech to the Union of BC Municipalities.
In his speech to UBCM, Horgan laid out concrete actions to save lives and deliver support to the front lines of the overdose crisis, focusing on public awareness, harm reduction, outreach, enforcement and help for people who need it the most. Horgan also committed to continued support for wildfire recovery and stepped-up delivery of safe, affordable housing for people, including the construction of 2,000 modular housing units around B.C.
The new government renewed its commitment to invest in transit and transportation, create jobs for people in traditional industries, like forestry and mining, and support further growth in the technology and innovation sector.
Horgan also pledged support for community bids for the new Amazon headquarters, and promised to make sure every region of B.C. shares in the opportunities of the emerging economy.
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