Speeches equal zero benefits for North Island

While the North Island’s NDP MLA said the recent throne speech by Premier Christy Clark lacked “substance,” Claire Trevena saved her harshest criticism for Clark’s recently announced job plan

While the North Island’s NDP MLA said the recent throne speech by Premier Christy Clark lacked “substance,” Claire Trevena saved her harshest criticism for Clark’s recently announced job plan.

“For the North Island it’s a huge disappointment, there’s no question,” said Trevena.

“First off, the job plan ignores Vancouver Island completely — it seems to start in Vancouver and forgets the Island,” she said.

“And for the North Island it’s effectively looking at how we can export jobs, rather than create jobs.”

The Liberal premier’s plan emphasizes long-term trade with Asia to create resource-industry jobs across B.C. “We’re facing the future of B.C. and of Canada, and I’m optimistic about the future we have,” Clark said, Sept. 19 from Prince Rupert.

“Because from here we are two or three days closer to Asia than any other port on the North American continent,” she said.

“It’s not just an opportunity for B.C., its an opportunity for Canada, and it begins right here, at this port in Prince Rupert.”

True, said Trevena, if one is talking about shipping our goods.

“On forestry (the job plan is) talking solely about the export market, it’s not talking anywhere about any value added,” she said.

Trevena said the plan doesn’t address tourism.

“And on education it’s talking about how we can get foreign students in rather than how we can make sure our students in and remote communities can access education,” she said.

“Instead of looking at new and innovative ways of creating jobs and what our communities really need, it’s just saying: ‘We’re going to ship out all our natural resources to Asia and hopefully bring in lots of Asian students and that will be our Nirvana’ and really ignoring the needs of our communities.’

“There are broad brushstrokes about how the province likes tourism and how we can attract Chinese tourists, but it’s not looking at the specific concerns I’ve heard from tourism operators,” said Trevena.

“Whether it’s the high cost of ferries that’s putting people off, or for encouraging the growth of the tourism sector — unless you start creating the economic base, it’s a downward spiral.”

Clark disagrees.

“My recipe is we grow a thriving private sector, because when we have a thriving private sector and people and paying taxes, that money goes to the provincial treasury, and that’s how we support things like healthcare and education,” said Clark.

—with files from Tom Fletcher

 

 

Just Posted

Black Press file photo
RCMP seek suspect in Vancouver Island-wide crime spree

Crimes stretched from Deep Bay to Qualicum, Ladysmith, Chemainus and Youbou

Things are looking up for Vancouver Island as zero COVID-19 cases have been reported for the first time since October. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Island records zero new COVID-19 cases for the first time since October

For the first time since October, the province is reporting zero new… Continue reading

Black Press Media file
Port Hardy RCMP on the hunt for porta-pottie arsonist

The porta-potties were lit on fire early in the morning on June 13

Eke Me-Xi students enjoy a field trip to Malcolm Island. (Submitted photos)
Eke Me-Xi Learning Centre takes field trip to Malcolm Island

Once at Bere Point, students made themselves at home in the day-use area

Mount Waddington Regional Fall Fair logo
Mount Waddington Regional Fall Fair cancelled again due to COVID-19 restrictions

The 2022 fall fair is still scheduled to take place in Port Hardy

Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship during a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada to welcome 45,000 refugees this year, says immigration minister

Canada plans to increase persons admitted from 23,500 to 45,000 and expedite permanent residency applications

Emily Steele holds up a collage of her son, 16-year-old Elijah-Iain Beauregard who was stabbed and killed in June 2019, outside of Kelowna Law Courts on June 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Kelowna woman who fatally stabbed teen facing up to 1.5 years of jail time

Her jail sentence would be followed by an additional one to 1.5 years of supervision

Cpl. Scott MacLeod and Police Service Dog Jago. Jago was killed in the line of duty on Thursday, June 17. (RCMP)
Abbotsford police, RCMP grieve 4-year-old service dog killed in line of duty

Jago killed by armed suspect during ‘high-risk’ incident in Alberta

The George Road wildfire near Lytton, B.C., has grown to 250 hectares. (BC Wildfire Service)
B.C. drone sighting halts helicopters fighting 250 hectares of wildfire

‘If a drone collides with firefighting aircraft the consequences could be deadly,’ says BC Wildfire Service

A dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is pictured at a vaccination site in Vancouver Thursday, March 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
NACI advice to mix vaccines gets varied reaction from AstraZeneca double-dosers

NACI recommends an mRNA vaccine for all Canadians receiving a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine

A aerial view shows the debris going into Quesnel Lake caused by a tailings pond breach near the town of Likely, B.C., Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Updated tailings code after Mount Polley an improvement: B.C. mines auditor

British Columbia’s chief auditor of mines has found changes to the province’s requirements for tailings storage facilities

A North Vancouver man was arrested Friday and three police officers were injured after a 10-person broke out at English Bay on June 19, 2021. (Youtube/Screen grab)
Man arrested, 3 police injured during 10-person brawl at Vancouver beach

The arrest was captured on video by bystanders, many of whom heckled the officers as they struggled with the handcuffed man

Bruce Springsteen performs at the 13th annual Stand Up For Heroes benefit concert in support of the Bob Woodruff Foundation in New York on Nov. 4, 2019. (Greg Allen/Invision/AP)
Canadians who got AstraZeneca shot can now see ‘Springsteen on Broadway’

B.C. mayor David Screech who received his second AstraZeneca dose last week can now attend the show

Most Read