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When no news is not good news: what the uneventful BC throne speech means for you

February 15th, 2014 · · Comments Off · Children & youth, Climate change, Economy, Employment & labour, Environment, resources & sustainability, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Provincial budget & finance

Last week’s BC throne speech received little media coverage, partly because it fell in the middle of the Olympics and on the same day as the Canadian federal budget, but also because it was rather uneventful, repeating familiar themes and commitments. The absence of significant new announcements in the throne speech is not good news […]

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Short BC throne speech neglects climate crisis, poverty

June 26th, 2013 · · 1 Comment · Climate change, Economy, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Provincial budget & finance

Everyone expected today’s throne speech to be a brief recap of Christy Clark’s election platform. And on this front, it certainly delivered: only 8 pages, compared to the usual 20+, pinning our province’s hopes on LNG exports, and using much of the same language, word for word, that we’ve heard repeatedly throughout the election campaign. […]

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BC throne speech repackages old announcements, lacks courage and vision

February 12th, 2013 · · Comments Off · Climate change, Economy, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Provincial budget & finance, Taxes

Today’s Speech from the Throne reads more like a list of what this government sees as its main achievements than a true framework for going forward. New initiatives are few and far between, sandwiched between pages of self-congratulatory recap of the natural gas strategy, the jobs plan and highlights from the last budget. All in […]

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Throne speech rather unimaginative despite talk of leading change

February 9th, 2010 · · 1 Comment · Provincial budget & finance

Today’s Throne speech marks a return to the optimistic tone that is typical of the start of each session of the legislature. Sure, there are the obligatory references to financial discipline and balancing the budget, but they come at the very end of the document and are a far cry from last summer’s bare cupboard […]

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The throne speech missed the point

August 25th, 2009 · · 4 Comments · Economy, Provincial budget & finance

Today’s throne speech suggests that the BC government has finally recognized the severity of the recession and the hardship it’s causing to families across the province. Unfortunately, when it comes to policy implications or what to do about the recession, the government seems to have it all backwards. Instead of presenting an ambitious stimulus plan […]

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