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    John YapI was honored to attend the 5th Annual Family Festival of Canucks Autism Network; glad to join with colleagues Minister Stephanie Cadieux, Speaker Linda Reid and MLA Richard Lee for this great event in support of families touched by Autism.
    Apr 24, 2016 1:48 pm | British Columbia,

Apr 23rd

Apr 22nd

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    Christy ClarkTonight at sundown, Jewish families in B.C. and around the world celebrate the beginning of Passover, which commemorates the freedom of their ancestors from slavery in ancient Egypt. For centuries, Passover has served as a reminder to treasure what is most important: family, community, and historical memory. It’s also an opportunity to celebrate the contributions B.C.’s Jewish community has made to build strong prosperous communities throughout B.C., making our province a better place. On this most joyous occasion, I wish all Jewish British Columbians 'Chag Sameach'.”
    Apr 22, 2016 6:00 pm | British Columbia,
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    Christy ClarkGreat to see the Canada-BC Jobs Grant helping companies like Yellowhead Helicopters grow, diversify and create jobs in BC. http://ow.ly/4n0na9
    Apr 22, 2016 5:35 pm | British Columbia,
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    Christy ClarkCurrently, there are 85 wildfires burning in BC. With hotter, drier weather, early wildfire season is the new reality in BC. It’s up to everyone to be vigilant and respect fire bans. http://ow.ly/4n0myB
    Apr 22, 2016 5:06 pm | British Columbia,
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    Jennifer RiceHappy Earth Day! I feel so fortunate to live in such a beautiful and diverse area of this province. I hope that everyone has a chance to get outside and enjoy nature in all it's glory today!
    Apr 22, 2016 11:14 am | British Columbia, North Coast
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    Jennifer RiceThis Heiltsuk woman rocks! I remember the fire that burned down the only grocery store in Bella Bella, Pat was immediately on the phone ordering in food shipments and had a new store up in running in a church basement before the smoke was out. Thanks for including me in your recognition ceremony here in Bella Bella Pat. It's been an honour to be here celebrating you.
    Apr 22, 2016 9:25 am | British Columbia, North Coast

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Apr 19th

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    Jennifer Rice“Expectant mothers in rural B.C. often find themselves having to travel long distances to see doctors, midwives or obstetricians, and for ultrasounds or other basic services that women in larger centres take for granted. If their pregnancy is high risk, those appointments are even more frequent, and the stress and travel time is even greater.” If you live in Bella Bella and want to have a discussion about the challenges of having a baby here, please stop by the Heiltsuk Youth Centre tomorrow at 10:00am. I want to hear from you!
    Apr 19, 2016 2:29 pm | British Columbia, North Coast
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    Christy ClarkFor seven years, Don McRae has served the people of Comox Valley with class, distinction, and a smile. He has played an invaluable role in the caucus room and at the Cabinet table. In his roles as Minister of Education, Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation, and Minister Agriculture, Don faced very different challenges with the same focus, determination, and unflappable good humour. I understand his decision not to seek re-election, but I am very sorry to see him go. I want to thank him for all his hard work and commitment to growing a diverse economy on Vancouver Island and across British Columbia. On behalf of all Don’s friends and colleagues in caucus, I wish Don and his family the very best.
    Apr 19, 2016 1:44 pm | British Columbia,
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    Jennifer RiceBella Bella bound this morning. Looking forward to connecting with folks. Please stop and say hello if you see you me on the street !
    Apr 19, 2016 11:56 am | British Columbia, North Coast
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    Jennifer RiceGet your cupcakes today!
    Apr 19, 2016 11:00 am | British Columbia, North Coast

Apr 16th

Apr 15th

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    Christy ClarkBritish Columbians deserve to feel safe in their communities, but for the people of Surrey and Williams Lake, gang violence has jeopardized that. That’s why today, we’re proving $23 million for an expanded province-wide guns and gangs strategy. This will mean more integrated police teams, prosecutors, and resources to ensure the RCMP has everything they need to bring these low-lifes to justice.
    Apr 15, 2016 12:00 pm | British Columbia,
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    Jennifer RiceGet your Buster treats locally in Prince Rupert. Small businesses are crucial to the viability of communities so anything we can do to keep dollars locally spent contributes to that viability. Congrats to this small business owner!
    Apr 15, 2016 11:55 am | British Columbia, North Coast
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    Jennifer RiceRarely, do I agree with newspaper editorial boards but in this one there are elements I agree with. Christy Clark with her newly hired Harper Conservative staff are using the politics of fear and division to get her way. Don't let her. We are better than that. "Repeated court decisions have affirmed that in the absence of treaty agreements, meaningful consultation with First Nations means conducting them in good faith and that means being sensitive to the political authority of elected officials and to the concurrent moral authority of hereditary leaders. Goodwill is going to be of immense importance for orderly future resource development. In that spirit, let’s set aside the politics of confrontation and division and reconvene for a mature, collegial discussion."
    Apr 15, 2016 9:43 am | British Columbia, North Coast

Apr 14th

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    Lana PophamPlaying out today we have a clear difference between Leader John Horgan and Premier Christy Clark. John likes to talk to real peeps, in real time, on a real bus (not a bus with a BC Liberal logo painted on the side).....and this morning Christy is trying to get BC to support a trade deal that she hasn't even read. Who do you want leading this Province? .
    Apr 14, 2016 12:51 pm | British Columbia, Hamilton Centre
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    Christy ClarkToday we formally endorsed the Trans Pacific Partnership because we know that by supporting BC business’ ability to compete in international markets, there are more jobs and opportunity created here in BC.
    Apr 14, 2016 12:30 pm | British Columbia,
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    Jennifer RiceHere's why the people of British Columbia should have a say in the TPP, and not just the Premier and the people she dines with:
    Apr 14, 2016 8:23 am | British Columbia, North Coast

Apr 13th

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    Lana PophamToday Premier Christy Clark played her usual political games....she brought forward a motion for debate without much warning. The Premier forced an "ideological" debate on the Trans Pacific Partnership this afternoon. Basically she and her BC Liberals stated it's the very best thing since sliced bread and they support it 100%.....In response Leader John Horgan put forward a motion to refer such a discussion to the Finance Committee. This would allow for proper discussion and consultation. In response the BC Liberals came back and goaded us for a couple hours while trying to show our lack of support for such a trade deal. Here's the thing....nobody has read the fine print....nobody really knows definitively how BC would be affected by the TPP, but what most understand is that the "devil is in the details". The Premier is all politics all the time....and I want everybody to realize this. Leader John Horgan shows his intellect and humour with his response....and he shows us how much better this Province could be under his leadership come 2017.
    Apr 13, 2016 10:34 pm | British Columbia, Hamilton Centre
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    Christy ClarkTo all those celebrating Vaisakhi, may the coming year bring you success, health and happiness. Lakh Lakh Vadaiya!
    Apr 13, 2016 4:14 pm | British Columbia,

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Apr 11th

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    Lana PophamOne year from today, the Writ will drop and the 2017 provincial election will begin. Thanks for all of your support over the past 7 years....it means the world to me. I feel very grateful to have won the last two elections and I hope to continue representing Saanich South in 2017 - but the BC Liberals and BC Greens are already working to take me out of this seat. Imagine a government that believes sustainable agriculture can unlock prosperity in communities across the province. That’s what I believe in, and that’s what I’m fighting for everyday. I am the strongest voice for agriculture and food in the BC Legislature. You know me in the agricultural and food world and I hope you know how hard I have worked on this file. I am asking you to consider donating $10 /month to my campaign for re-election in May 2017. (That costs just $2.50/mo after the tax rebate.) https://secure.bcndp.org/donate/lanapopham/monthly Cheers, Lana Popham
    Apr 11, 2016 5:02 pm | British Columbia, Hamilton Centre

Apr 10th

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    Christy ClarkGreat to see so much support and generosity for the Jewish National Fund’s Vancouver Shelter, a safe haven for women fleeing domestic violence in Rishon Le Zion, Israel. Everyone here tonight knows that the world is a better place when men and women are given the opportunity to contribute equally. http://ow.ly/i/im8zu
    Apr 10, 2016 9:30 pm | British Columbia,

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    Lana Popham"Mr. Horgan sought to refer his bill to a legislature committee to ensure the Liberals would be forced to debate the details. What happened instead was the next best thing, strategically, for the Opposition. In a standing vote in the House, the New Democrats, Independent MLA Vicki Huntington and BC Green MLA Andrew Weaver all supported the bill. The government side stood against the manoeuvre, a clear indication that the bill is destined to die on the order paper – just like the four previous versions that the NDP has introduced over the years."
    Apr 07, 2016 4:35 pm | British Columbia, Hamilton Centre
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    Jennifer RiceThe BC Teacher's Federation (BCTF) is calling on the BC Liberals to back my Bill that would require mandatory testing of drinking water in schools. It's hard to believe that children have been and could still be drinking contaminated water in this Province.
    Apr 07, 2016 4:01 pm | British Columbia, North Coast
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    Jennifer RicePlease share widely. My Bill would give certainty that children are consuming safe drinking water in schools. There is nothing more fundamental then clean, safe drinking water especially in the developmental years for babies and children.
    Apr 07, 2016 2:40 pm | British Columbia, North Coast
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    Lana PophamToday my colleague Adrian Dix is challenging Minister Bill Bennett in Budget Estimates on BC Hydro and Site C. Here is the link for this mornings transcript....and he is carrying on this afternoon. He is doing a spectacular job! https://www.leg.bc.ca/documents-data/debate-transcripts/40th-parliament/5th-session/20160407am-CommitteeA-Blues
    Apr 07, 2016 2:39 pm | British Columbia, Hamilton Centre
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    Jennifer RiceIn light of the discovery of contaminated drinking water in Kitimat and Prince Rupert schools, I tabled a Private Member's Bill today to make routine water testing in BC schools mandatory. This Bill needs to become law to ensure safe drinking water in schools around the province.
    Apr 07, 2016 11:14 am | British Columbia, North Coast

Apr 6th

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    Lana PophamChristy Clark a climate action plan failure. Bill 19 passed in the legislature tonight....a bill that exempts 70 per cent of LNG emissions from regulation and basically gives LNG Companies a "get out of jail free card". Her Government continues to lower the environmental bar just to attract investment by LNG corporations. "This is a government who's leading, not on the climate change file, but I think it's on the file of entitlement. In this case, I believe it's because they're so desperate to fulfil campaign promises that aren't going happen that they're really throwing away our future in this province. It's a selfish, selfish decision. They're not legislating like we're in one of the most important races of our lives, and that's the race to slow down the effects of climate change on our planet. This is not a joke. It's not something that should be built around election cycles. We are in a race for our lives with climate change. Other areas of the world are acknowledging that. At the same time that they're acknowledging that, we're passing legislation that basically greenwashes climate change legislation with reckless, empty rhetoric that doesn't mean anything. And it's very, very dangerous." Lana Popham on Bill 19, April 6,2016
    Apr 06, 2016 9:55 pm | British Columbia, Hamilton Centre
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    Christy ClarkAs BC Hydro works to renew our infrastructure for future generations and meet the need of BC’s growing economy, we’re taking another step forward for Site C by awarding the $470 million turbine and generator contract to Voith Hydro Inc. Getting to yes means more jobs and opportunities for skilled workers, apprentices and BC families in Prince George and the Peace.
    Apr 06, 2016 4:37 pm | British Columbia,
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    Lana PophamVICTORIA— New Democrat Leader John Horgan introduced the Campaign Finance Reform Act today, a bill which would ban corporate and union donations as well as limit the amount of personal donations to a political party. In an immediate vote, Christy Clark and the B.C. Liberals voted unanimously ‘no’ on this bill, refusing to debate it and choosing to keep big corporate money in their pockets. “Other provinces have instituted strict rules on campaign financing, but in B.C. the Christy Clark government is going to extreme lengths to allow the pork barrel to continue,” said Horgan. Legislation introduced today by Horgan would ban corporate and union donations, taking big money out of politics. “While New Democrats are working for regular British Columbians, Christy Clark and the B.C. Liberals are working for large corporate donations. If you look at the numbers, the BCNDP raises 82 per cent of their money from individuals, whereas the B.C. Liberals rely on corporations for 60 per cent of their money. Clearly the New Democrats work for British Columbians, but it makes you wonder who the Clark government is really working for. “It’s past time that we took action to restore faith in our political system, and to ensure that British Columbians are at the heart of that political system. This bill takes the essential first steps.”
    Apr 06, 2016 4:01 pm | British Columbia, Hamilton Centre
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    John YapThe Site C Clean Energy project has reached another milestone with the award of the $470 million turbines and generators contract. We’re proud to say yes to Site C – the jobs, and clean, reliable and affordable made-in-BC electricity it will create for more than 100 years. http://bit.ly/25LFEMH
    Apr 06, 2016 3:09 pm | British Columbia,

Apr 5th

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    Jennifer RiceCelebrating 99 years today with female MLAs from both side of the House that women have been able to vote In British Columbia.
    Apr 05, 2016 5:36 pm | British Columbia, North Coast
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    Jennifer RiceRecent media reports indicate that the letter sent to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency by NDP Leader John Horgan and my colleague MLA George Heyman regarding the Pacific NorthWest LNG project somehow signifies a shift in our position on LNG. The BC Liberal Party issued a press release creating a false story saying that we sneakily have taken a negative position on LNG which is completely false. Unfortunately the major media outlets bought this spin. Our position has not changed: We support the development of an LNG industry in B.C. New Democrats support building an LNG industry in B.C., and we believe it must be done responsibly. We have outlined what responsible means and the letter simply reiterates the four conditions that we have repeatedly stated must be met in order for us to support LNG projects. That means LNG development must: * Include express guarantees of jobs and training opportunities for British Columbians, * Get a fair return for our resources, * benefit and include First Nations in a meaningful way, * and protect our air, land and water, including living up to B.C.’s climate change commitments. Christy Clark is failing in all of these areas with the Petronas-led Pacific NorthWest LNG project. Christy Clark is giving away the bulk share of revenue return for British Columbia, refuses to guarantee jobs for British Columbians, has taken a divisive approach to First Nations consultation, and completely ignores her own climate change team’s recommendations on reducing emissions.
    Apr 05, 2016 4:33 pm | British Columbia, North Coast
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    Christy ClarkEarly this morning in Langford, Const. Sarah Beckett was on duty when her police cruiser was involved in a collision with a truck. Despite the best efforts of first responders on the scene, they were unable to save her. My thoughts are with Const. Beckett's colleagues in the RCMP, and especially with her husband and her two young children. Nothing anyone can say will ease their pain during such a dark time. In the years to come, I hope they will take comfort in the knowledge that their mother was a hero. Each and every day, police officers put themselves in harm's way to keep the rest of us safe. We should all take the opportunity to thank them more often.
    Apr 05, 2016 1:59 pm | British Columbia,
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    John YapIt's important to Talk With Our Kids About Money -- do it on April 20th! Thanks to the Canadian Foundation For Economic Education & BMO Financial Group for the reminder. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KcwWF7qLP8
    Apr 05, 2016 1:06 pm | British Columbia,

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