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    John YapJohn Yap delivers a statement about the Moose Hide Campaign, in which Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal men stand up against violence towards Aboriginal women and girls. You can watch the video here: https://youtu.be/o34MStvYTf8
    Fri 2:30 pm | British Columbia,
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    John YapBritish Columbia’s music industry contributes to the cultural fabric of our province as well as attracting talent to our growing creative and tourism sectors, helping to diversify our province’s strong economy. We’re committing $15 million toward the establishment of a BC Music Fund that will support activity in the music sector and diversify our strong and growing economy. Learn more about the new BC Music Fund here: http://bit.ly/1WgHRcB
    Fri 12:46 pm | British Columbia,
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    Christy ClarkEveryone deserves a safe and affordable place to call home, but some British Columbians need a little help. That’s why today, we’re making the largest single social and affordable housing investment in BC history. $355 million in proceeds from the Non-profit Asset Transfer program will be reinvested to create 2,000 new housing units for British Columbians in need. http://ow.ly/YgGbw
    Fri 11:54 am | British Columbia,

Feb 11th

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    Lana PophamNew Democrats have been speaking out for years saying MSP premiums are nothing more than an unfair tax. A person making $30,000 shouldn’t pay the same amount as a person earning $300,000, or even $3 million. Yet that’s exactly what happens. Every other province uses the existing tax collection system to pay for health care. But Premier Christy Clark doesn’t get it. Since she became premier, she has continually increased MSP premiums every single year. This unfair tax was increased on January 1 for the seventh year in a row. Monthly rates are now $75.00 for one person, $136.00 for a family of two and $150.00 for a family of three or more. That means B.C. families pay $1,800 per year for the unfair medical services tax. That’s more than double what they paid in 2001 when the Liberals formed government. Christy Clark is planning to tinker around the edges of this unfair tax in next week’s budget. New Democrats will be fighting for real change to this unfair tax.
    Thu 9:19 pm | British Columbia, Hamilton Centre
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    Christy ClarkMusic may be the highest form of human expression, but for the men and women who rely on it, it’s also a business. That’s why we’re providing a $15 million grant towards the establishment of the BC Music Fund which will support music education, tour strategy and development, and music tourism in BC. http://ow.ly/YeytG
    Thu 5:00 pm | British Columbia,

Feb 10th

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    John YapWe are committed to ensuring British Columbians continue to have the skills they need to remain first in line for the expected one million job openings expected over the next decade. In partnership with Canada, we are investing $10.3 million in 46 training programs, providing nearly 1,400 British Columbians the training they need for jobs in their communities Learn more about this partnership here: http://bit.ly/1Pm9zme
    Wed 5:16 pm | British Columbia,
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    Lana PophamSo we have some rules we try and conduct ourselves by while sitting in the legislative chamber. We have words that are considered unparliamentary language. In fact when you use them in the chamber you will most likely be ruled "out of order" and will be asked to withdraw your remarks. The word "Lie" is one of them. So help me out with this one...... Yesterday, the Throne Speech said "your government has grown the size of Agricultural Land Reserve"...when in fact last Spring the BC Liberals conducted the largest farmland exclusion in ALR history for Site C Dam. So what can this be called except for a blatant and deliberate lie?
    Wed 12:39 pm | British Columbia, Hamilton Centre

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    Christy ClarkDuring our Trade Mission to Ottawa I was joined by a delegation of leaders in B.C. industry, First Nations, government and academia. By continuing open dialogue and working together to achieve common goals, British Columbia will continue as Canada’s economic bright spot.
    Feb 05, 2016 4:42 pm | British Columbia,
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    John YapWe are taking action to support families and communities relying on British Columbia’s mining sector during the global slowdown in the mining sector by allowing mining companies to temporarily defer a portion of their hydro bills. This action will help keep mines open and support an industry providing over 30,000 direct and indirect jobs for British Columbians Learn more at http://bit.ly/1UR4zaQ
    Feb 05, 2016 4:21 pm | British Columbia,
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    John YapStarting today you can apply for the $1,200 B.C. Training and Education Savings Grant at one of Bank of Montreal’s 100 locations across B.C. The B.C. Training and Education Savings Grant kick starts your child’s education savings so their opportunities grow and their training is more affordable Learn more about how you can apply for this grant and save for your child’s future http://bit.ly/1R72HeW
    Feb 05, 2016 1:39 pm | British Columbia,

Feb 2nd

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    Christy ClarkThank you Joan Isaacs and Gavin Dew for running strong campaigns and championing BC's strong, diverse and growing economy. Congratulations to everyone who put their name forward.
    Feb 02, 2016 10:35 pm | British Columbia,
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    Lana PophamWelcome to the team!
    Feb 02, 2016 10:24 pm | British Columbia, Hamilton Centre
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    John YapOur government has just announced a big boost to Genome BC to the tune of a $34 million grant to support new and ongoing projects that help improve patient care. Genome BC’s work touches many British Columbians and their families – including research for many forms of cancer, genetic disorders and infectious diseases – through genomics and proteomics research projects. Genome BC’s cutting-edge projects are making a real difference in the lives of British Columbians and all Canadians and we’re proud to support this world-renown orgnaizations. To find out more on Genome BC’s ground breaking, visit them at www.GenomeBC.ca.
    Feb 02, 2016 4:04 pm | British Columbia,
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    Christy ClarkToday is by-election day for Coquitlam-Burke Mountain and Vancouver-Mount Pleasant. Find your voting location and go vote: http://www.elections.bc.ca/
    Feb 02, 2016 11:03 am | British Columbia,

Feb 1st

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    Christy ClarkGood luck tomorrow Joan Isaacs and Gavin Dew. Thank you for your hard work during the campaign and championing a strong, diverse and growing economy.
    Feb 01, 2016 8:02 pm | British Columbia,
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    Christy ClarkThanks to input from 26 First Nations, forest companies, environmental groups, and the public, we’ve reached a landmark agreement to expand protected ecosystems in the Great Bear Rainforest. The agreement will provide more sustainable economic opportunities for First Nations, while also preserving land with cultural, ecological, and spiritual ties with First Nations communities. http://ow.ly/XOSHu
    Feb 01, 2016 1:52 pm | British Columbia,

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    Christy Clark#TBT with my son for National Hug Day. Photo credit: Hayward, Canadian Press.
    Jan 21, 2016 2:35 pm | British Columbia,
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    Lana PophamIt's not about the price of cauliflower....it's about not planning for the future. It's about missed opportunities to ensure our provincial food security. Food security doesn't work by election cycles....it works if there is long term planning in place. GrowBC, FeedBC, BuyBC....it's not too late.....but it's overdue.
    Jan 21, 2016 12:45 pm | British Columbia, Hamilton Centre

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    John YapThe new #BCTech Strategy will provide B.C. students the opportunity to learn coding, greater access to work experience electives for high school students, and dual credit partnerships between secondary and post-secondary institutions. Learn more about the new #BCTech Strategy at: http://bctechstrategy.gov.bc.ca/.
    Jan 19, 2016 6:53 pm | British Columbia,
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    Christy ClarkStudents from across the province participated the #BCTech Summit Career Showcase to ask tech entrepreneurs, Brian Wong and Kristen Steuart, about how students can become the future leaders of BC tech.
    Jan 19, 2016 3:29 pm | British Columbia,
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    Lana PophamAfter the BC Liberals brought in Red Tape Reduction Day....they had to make it "look" like they were serious.....so between October 22nd and December 3rd, 2015, the BC Liberals "consulted" with British Columbians about reducing red tape. Most people probably missed it and I assume the BC Liberals were using the term "consulted" loosely......From that "consultation" they have come out with topics they may tackle or talk about tackling as we get closer to an election year. I have been arguing over the past couple years that Multi Material BC (MMBC) has been one of the most offensive forms of red tape for business we have seen. I've heard from countless BC businesses on how this new system is harming them. It's ironic that MMBC, a red tape monster, is not anywhere on the radar for the red tape reduction Minister. Here is a back and forth I had with the Minister of Red Tape Reduction back in October...... L. Popham: I had to come up and join this debate because when I was in my office watching the minister responding to the questions and comments from the official opposition and opposition, I noticed that the minister was becoming more and more frustrated and indicated that there might be a lack of understanding of the importance of this day in British Columbia. I can tell you why there’s a lack of understanding. I would say that most of us on this side of the House — maybe all of us — believe that this day is absolutely bogus and it’s a sham. This legislation does not need to go through the Legislature. We heard something very interesting from the minister in her last statement. She said that this day will give us the opportunity to showcase the work they have done. So really, red-tape-reduction day is a way for the government to celebrate themselves. As we lead up to an election, it occurs to me that this is a way that the government can give itself a pat on the back before we head into an election cycle. If the minister is absolutely committed to reducing red tape and making things easier for small business, I have one question for the minister. It will lead to others. Has the minister heard of MMBC? Hon. C. Oakes: Yes. L. Popham: That’s surprising, because the minister said that there’s going to be an authentic engagement process with small business to make sure that the government and small business have a way of communicating in order to reduce red tape. There have been businesses, small businesses across B.C., that have been trying to communicate to this government that MMBC is one of the worst policies ever brought in by this government. They did it because they didn’t consult. Let’s be clear on one thing: most consultation that this government does is never authentic. You’re not going to fool this side of the House into thinking that all of a sudden, because we have an official day in British Columbia, we are now heading into a different time, a new era of official consultation. We are not. My question to the minister is: will she be reviewing MMBC? Hon. C. Oakes: If it comes through the engagement process that we’ve launched, we’ll have a look at it. L. Popham: That’s interesting. The minister is saying that anything that’s happened previous to this legislation doesn’t count. I know the minister has heard from the communities across B.C. about MMBC. You can go into any community. Any community that every MLA in this House represents has businesses that are suffering right now from MMBC. They are going out of business. I’m sure that we all have businesses like Lordco, like M&M Meat Shops, like Buckerfields. These businesses are suffering due to bad legislation and severe red tape. This policy actually got an award from CFIB, the Paperweight Award, as the worst red tape in history in Canada. If the minister is very serious, then the minister, I believe, should be reviewing MMBC right now. We all know there’s a problem with it. Should I direct all the businesses that I’ve been talking to…? I can tell the minister across the way who implied I don’t speak to businesses, that’s mostly what I do with my job. I consult with small businesses. Is the minister wanting me to direct all the complaints about MMBC to this minister so she can immediately start reviewing MMBC? Is that what we’re supposed to do now? Hon. C. Oakes: There is a process of engagement, not just for small business. The member opposite may have missed that part in the dialogue that we’ve mentioned today. This is an opportunity for us to engage across ministries on necessary opportunities for us about ways that we can improve governance and efficiencies with the provincial government. We are excited to see the results of what citizens’ feedback they provide to us. We’ll be looking at what citizens are providing to us, and we’ll be passing that on to the appropriate minister. L. Popham: Does the minister want me to direct all complaints about MMBC to her ministry right now? Hon. C. Oakes: Could the member kindly repeat the question? L. Popham: Would the minister like me to direct all complaints about MMBC and the onerous red tape that it puts on small business…? Would she like me to direct all those complaints to her ministry as soon as possible? Hon. C. Oakes: As we’ve stated multiple times here, we welcome in this engagement process all policy reviews or regulatory items that citizens want to put forward. We welcome it. L. Popham: Does the minister want me to send every letter of complaint I’ve received since 2012 about MMBC to her so she can get caught up on this file? Hon. C. Oakes: The member opposite knows that, of course, that is within the purview of the Ministry of Environment. But again, this is an engagement process. Through the engagement process, if the member opposite wants to open up dialogue — as I encourage all members of this House — there is a process of Engage British Columbia. We’ll get you that information. We’ll make sure we circulate that information to members of both sides of the House to ensure that they understand the process for engagement. We’ll be reviewing all of the submissions that come forward on Engage, through this engagement process, on red-tape reduction for real people in British Columbia. L. Popham: From what I understand, then, the opportunity for engagement is quite narrow, and it comes with a lot of red tape. I just suggested that the minister review the problems with MMBC, and she deflected it off to the Ministry of Environment, when she just finished saying that this was a cross-ministry process. So what should businesses do when they have a problem with red tape? Do they direct their input right now to the minister or not? Hon. C. Oakes: If the member opposite would go to engage.gov.bc.ca, there is that opportunity. That engagement process has been opened up. We’ll be beginning a series of questions that start this week. It is citizen-based. It is reaching out to citizens in each of your communities. If the citizens in your community wish to put forward a recommendation, the process for that — which we have mentioned many times earlier in this House — is that we’ll be referring that to the appropriate minister. That is part of the process that we look at ensuring that we maintain our commitment to reducing red tape for real people in British Columbia. L. Popham: Okay. From what I understand, the minister is actually not consulting with businesses. If you were consulting, you would ask for input, regardless. The minister is saying that in this process, they’re going to ask businesses specified questions. Then they’re going to pat themselves on the back when they address the questions the ministry has asked businesses but not the other way around. This doesn’t sound like an open process. Tell me what would happen so I understand this legislation more clearly. If somebody who owns a small business, a regular British Columbian, has basically found themselves in a position where they’re going down because of MMBC red tape, where can that input go so that it is taken seriously and reviewed as soon as possible? Hon. C. Oakes: Again, I encourage the member to go to the website — engage.gov.bc.ca. It’s not just for small businesses. As I’ve said before, it’s for open citizen engagement. Engagement means that we put it out to citizens across British Columbia. If there are unnecessary pieces of red tape across ministries, we encourage them to put that into the website. I know that the member opposite is going to go back out and ensure that we’ve got a good engagement process, because I know how passionate the member opposite feels about engagement. She’ll be making sure that people in British Columbia know that there is that opportunity. And that information, as it comes in, will be reviewed by government. L. Popham: Has the minister already decided what the ministry and the government are going to pat themselves on the back about on the first red-tape-reduction day? Have we already made that decision? Hon. C. Oakes: You know, I hope that the member opposite isn’t suggesting that public engagement means that you come up and…. Public engagement is all about ensuring we go out to citizens in British Columbia to ask the questions. That is the process that we are embarking on. We have had significant success in this process with small businesses. We have been able to help support small business to eliminate unnecessary red tape. We know, through the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, that there is about 30 percent more regulatory reduction that we can look at. That is why our government believes it’s so significantly important to ensure that we have a focus on that. That focus will be on red-tape-reduction day. That ensures that all of the work that we do throughout the course of a year through this engagement process…. We know that the member opposite is going to support and ensure that if there is unnecessary red tape — whether it’s through the Ministry of Agriculture, through the Ministry of Social Innovation and Development, through the Ministry of Health, through the Ministry of Technology — if there are opportunities for our government to improve on efficiencies and reduce red tape for the real people in British Columbia, there is an ongoing opportunity to provide that feedback through the website, which I have clearly laid out on multiple occasions to the member opposite, to engage citizens from across British Columbia. We remain committed to ensuring that the necessary work on reducing red tape remains a commitment and a focus of our government. L. Popham: That’s clearly not true. It’s not a focus, because these businesses have been complaining since 2012. The minister’s answers are extremely vague. I’m not talking about anything except the red tape of MMBC right now. This is a red-tape monster, and it has affected many, many small businesses. Some don’t exist anymore. Can the minister tell me: if the businesses that are affected by MMBC sign into the website and participate in Engage B.C. and discuss the problems they’re having, what happens next? Is this going to be a waste of time? Right now businesses are already wasting their time on all of the regulatory affairs of MMBC. They’re running out of time. How many more hoops do businesses have to jump through in order to have this red-tape issue addressed? Hon. C. Oakes: We know, and we’ve recognized and have stated in this House, that there’s more work for us to do. That’s why it’s critically important that we enshrine this in legislation. That is the legislation that we brought forward today. I encourage the member opposite to support this piece of legislation, because small businesses are the front line. L. Popham: I don’t think that minister understands the weight of MMBC on small businesses. Right now we’re talking about a day to celebrate everything that this government is going to do, a “pat yourself on the back” day for the government that we’re going to put into legislation — “pat yourself on the back” legislation. On the MMBC website — this is a heads-up for the minister — it instructs businesses to consult with their lawyers and regulatory affairs departments to comply with the rules of MMBC. Now, if you’re on the ground talking to small business — I’m not sure how many small businesses have those departments — they’re grappling with onerous amounts of paperwork. They believe in recycling. They believe in having a green company, but their paperwork is onerous. Will this red-tape-reduction day specifically address the onerous paperwork of MMBC? Hon. C. Oakes: The member opposite mentioned the Canadian Federation of Independent Business. I would like to take a moment to provide the member opposite with what they’ve said. “Over the past decade, the B.C. government has consistently been a leader in red-tape reduction and received the only A grade on the annual CFIB Red-Tape Report Card for the last four years. B.C. has cut red tape by more than 40 percent since 2001 and has committed to a no net increase in overall regulatory requirements through to 2019.” The reason why we continue with this engagement process is that we know that there’s more to do. We recognize that there is more work to do. That is why we are opening up the engagement process for all British Columbians, whether you are a small business, a teacher, an individual who works on a construction site or an individual that is just a passionate supporter in your community. We’re opening up the engagement to all British Columbians. We know we have more work to do. That is why we’re enshrining this legislation, the Red Tape Reduction Day Act, into legislation. L. Popham: The minister is vague, and so is the legislation. Right now we’re supposed to be getting some details. Is the minister going to address MMBC with red-tape-reduction day? It’s a simple question. Will the minister address MMBC with red-tape-reduction day? Hon. C. Oakes: The members have the opportunity, for the red-tape-reduction day, to go to the website. An Hon. Member: So the answer is no. Hon. C. Oakes: It is yes. The members have the opportunity. If the member opposite would kindly listen, the member opposite asked a yes-or-no question. Yes, every member and every citizen in British Columbia has the opportunity to provide the input to government on how we can look at reducing red tape.
    Jan 19, 2016 3:27 pm | British Columbia, Hamilton Centre

Jan 18th

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    Christy ClarkToday, I announced the full #BCTech Strategy during the first-ever #BCTech Summit. In addition to the recently announced $100 million BC Tech Fund, we’re providing students more opportunities to learn skills for in-demand careers in tech, and creating an environment for further growth in BC’s tech industry by facilitating exports and investment in new markets. http://ow.ly/XfgMw
    Jan 18, 2016 2:36 pm | British Columbia,

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    Christy ClarkI'm honoured to receive the Lions Clubs International Medal of Merit in recognition of government's Chinese Legacy Initiatives. It's important for British Columbians to understand the impact of the historical wrongs to Chinese Canadians and celebrate the contributions the Chinese community in BC has made both culturally and economically.
    Jan 13, 2016 4:36 pm | British Columbia,

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    John YapHappy New Year to all my Richmond- Steveston constituents! I hope everyone had a lovely break with family and friends. I'm excited for all the new projects my government and I will be implementing this year to continue to build a strong economy in BC! Thank you for all your support and best of luck with 2016! REMINDER to make emergency planning one of your resolutions for 2016! Last week's earthquake was scary so an emergency supply kit is the best investment you can make this year!
    Jan 08, 2016 6:33 pm | British Columbia,
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    John YapHappy New Year to all my Richmond- Steveston constituents! I hope everyone had a lovely break with family and friends. I'm excited for all the new projects my government and I will be implementing this year to continue to build a strong economy in BC! Thank you for all your support and best of luck with 2016! See how the BC Government can help make your New Year's resolution easy for changing careers to skilled trade this year! https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2015AVED0080-002169
    Jan 08, 2016 6:10 pm | British Columbia,

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