North Coast MLA Jennifer Rice awarded expanded role

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PRINCE RUPERT– New Democrat Leader John Horgan announced changes to the spokesperson role of North Coast MLA Jennifer Rice today, highlighting her important role 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 northern and rural economic development.” said Rice.

“Northern and rural communities have been left behind by Christy Clark because she puts rewarding friends and donors above the best interests of ordinary people.

“That’s why we’ve seen nine out of 10 new jobs go to Metro Vancouver at a time when the rest of the province is struggling. Because that’s where Christy Clark’s big real estate donors live and that’s where they make their money.

“We need leadership that is serious about building the economy throughout the province, not just in metro Vancouver. And I’m part of a team that will deliver that.

“Prince Rupert once had a robust economy and thriving population but has been neglected by the Christy Clark government for far too long. We have huge potential with the next phase of the Fairview Container Port Terminal expansion and Alta Gas’ propane export terminal. I am looking forward to working with port partners, local governments and local communities to facilitate economic development that works for everyone.”

“Christy Clark has had six years to help Prince Rupert and other northern communities, and she’s failed. We’re no better off with her than we were with the previous 10 years of failed B.C. Liberal leadership.

“Life has become harder because northern families and northern communities have been hit the hardest by Christy Clark’s unfair fee hikes and bill increases – like increases to B.C. Hydro rates and ferry fares. Cuts to B.C. Ferries have negatively impacted the economies of Bella Coola and Haida Gwaii; these cuts are driving away jobs and forcing people to choose between paying rent and paying for heat and food.

“I’m excited to take on this role because under Christy Clark, the economy isn’t working for northern communities, and that’s bad for British Columbia as a whole.”

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