VICTORIA –In an effort to address the growing community living crisis, families living with developmental disabilities took their message to the B.C. legislature today,reminding Premier Christy Clark of a promise she made seven years ago that still remains unfulfilled, say the New Democrats.
“In 2004, then Deputy Premier Christy Clark promised that the creation of Community Living B.C. would improve the lives of people living with developmental disabilities and their families,” said Nicholas Simons, New Democrat critic for community living. “Today advocacy groups gathered at the B.C. legislature to tell the premier that too many vulnerable adults and their families are getting zero support, with many reaching their breaking point.”
Advocates from the B.C. Community Living Action Group (B.C.- CLAG) say the premier’s promises have amounted to no support, a growing alarm over health and safety, and an ever-decreasing quality of life for vulnerable adults.
“The Minister responsible, Mr. Harry Bloy, has dismissed the concerns and recommendations shared by the families and stakeholders through B.C.- CLAG,” said Simons the MLA for Powell-River Sunshine Coast.
In a press release today B.C. – CLAG reports that they have reached out to invite the Premier and her new minister to work with them to ensure their promises to B.C. families would be honoured but say they are still waiting.
“The B.C. Liberals are failing families living with developmental disabilities and Minister Bloy continues to deny there is a problem. It’s as if he’s saying these people don’t exist,” said Simons. “The reality is that these families do exist and the burden placed on them to provide care is immense.”
Adrian Dix and the B.C. New Democrats are committed to making life better and more affordable for families by investing in healthcare, education, and other vital services.