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Dix, Premier Clark set to square off over jobs as legislature kicks off

Jeremy Nuttall

By Jeremy Nuttall, 24 hours Vancouver

This session of the B.C. legislature promises sparring over jobs and poverty. (PHOTO BC GOVERNMENT)

This session of the B.C. legislature promises sparring over jobs and poverty. (PHOTO BC GOVERNMENT)

The leader of the BC NDP intends to hit the BC Liberals on the economy and child poverty — among other issues — during this session of the legislature, which opened Tuesday for the first time in 200 days.

Adrian Dix said cuts to BC Ferries service on the coast will also be a main topic of the session, the first since the budget was passed in June last year.

“From our perspective, we’re going to do what we can from the opposition side to drive change and make lives better for people,” Dix said. “The government just seems to be sitting back and doing nothing about many of the problems which they themselves created.”

He again pointed to numbers from Statistics Canada in December showing more than 15,500 job losses since 2012.

Since then, Statistics Canada has shown small growth in jobs for the province to bring the unemployment rate to 6.4%.

In December, the BC Liberals pleaded for patience for the province’s unemployment rate, insisting the numbers would improve.

Tuesday, as the legislature opened, the premier reiterated her stance.

"The way to create jobs is to grow our economy, elevating British Columbians from all walks of life," Christy Clark said in a statement. "In this session we will continue to deliver on our plan for a strong economy and a secure tomorrow."

Dix also said Clark failed to deliver a liquefied natural gas royalty plan promised for the end of last year.

The legislature will resume normal operations Wednesday, including question period.




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