MLAs Selina Robinson and Jodie Wickens awarded expanded roles

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COQUITLAM – New Democrat Leader John Horgan announced changes to the spokesperson roles for Coquitlam MLAs Selina Robinson and Jodie Wickens today, highlighting their important roles in a team that’s working for all British Columbians, not just the wealthy and the well connected.

“I’m pleased to be the new opposition spokesperson for early childhood development and child care and I am ready to lead the charge on providing universal, affordable,

quality child care for every family who wants it,” said Wickens, the MLA for Coquitlam-Burke Mountain.

“After years of Christy Clark making everything more expensive I know that that families need a break. Our $10-a-day child care program would really make a difference for Coquitlam families who are feeling squeezed after years of increasing hydro bills, skyrocketing car insurance rates and rising medical service premiums.”

Horgan tasked Robinson, the MLA for Coquitlam-Maillardville, with responsibility for mental health and addictions, in addition to her current role as spokesperson for seniors and local government.

“Last year we lost 914 people to the overdose crisis because Christy Clark has failed to do what is necessary to get people the help and treatment they need,” said Robinson.

“Too many families are struggling to get help for those they love, and watching them slip away. We can do better, and we must do better.

“I’m pleased that I will be able to bring my professional experience as a family therapist and my history as a youth addictions counsellor to this role.

“I’m ready to fight for better services for those who have been left behind and ignored.”

The full list of John Horgan’s 2017 shadow cabinet can be found here.