â€œBudgets are about choices and unfortunately the Liberals have chosen tax breaks for wealthy CEOs and giveaways to large corporations over helping our seniors, our families and Indigenous children,â€� said NDP Finance Critic Peter Julian. â€œThe housing crisis is happening now, and itâ€™s very real in British Columbia. British Columbians arenâ€™t looking for measures that only take place after the next election or in the next ten years; theyâ€™re looking for measures to address this crisis today. Unfortunately, they werenâ€™t present in the Liberalsâ€™ budget.â€�
In the federal budget, there is very little to address the opioid crisis that has reached a severe level in British Columbia. Donald Trump called the opioid crisis a National Health Emergency, and even though 4,000 people died of opioid overdoses last year in Canada, the Trudeau Liberals refuse to do the same. The budget included no real plan for universal pharmacare and no answer to climate change. In fact, the majority of funding to address climate change is delayed until after the next election.
â€œDespite the emergency at hand and the fact that the Liberals are already far behind Stephen Harperâ€™s weak targets, they cut the funding for environmental protection measures by $1 billion,â€� said NDP BC Liaison Nathan Cullen. â€œThe Liberals like to talk a good game, but when it comes to implementing real measures and standing up to the wealthy and well-connected, theyâ€™re showing they donâ€™t have the courage to act and make a real difference in British Columbiansâ€™ lives.â€�
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