“We have to resist the urge to spend our way into trouble.”
That from BC Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon, in the Speech from the Throne.
She says these are clearly challenging times.
“Oil and gas and commodity prices have fallen drastically, and our country faces immense economic challenges. Consider our neighbours in Alberta, a province of similar size and also blessed with natural resources. Over the decades, Alberta lost its focus. They expected their resource boom never to end.”
The province says it can’t do it alone.
But Guichon says the Clark government will focus on getting some answers on Metro Vancouver’s sky high housing prices, and help British Columbians get into the market.
“Your government will work with municipalities to reduce the hidden costs in home purchases, and to make those hidden costs clear and transparent to the homebuyers. Your government will work carefully to protect the savings and equity that homeowners have painstakingly placed in their homes.”
LNG in BC
The government also remains on the LNG bandwagon, but admits timelines spelled out earlier will not be met.
Children in Care
And it says it will bring on more social workers than had been recommended in a recent report by government advisor Bob Plecas.