Skip to main content

“I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, or free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind.” ~~ John G. Diefenbaker

‘It's outrageous that it took John Horgan and the NDP this long to acknowledge the severity of the situation and do something’ -- Chilliwack MLA and BC Liberal Labour Critic John Martin

VICTORIA (June 25, 2020) - After a week of sustained pressure by the BC Liberals and businesses throughout the province, John Horgan has finally reversed his position and will act to extend temporary layoffs time limits to prevent mass layoffs and small business bankruptcies.

Chilliwack MLA, and BC Liberal
Labour Critic, John Martin


"For weeks, small businesses and non-profits in every corner of our province have pleaded with John Horgan to extend temporary layoff time limits that, if not addressed, would have triggered thousands of permanent job losses and business bankruptcies," said MLA John Martin, BC Liberal Labour Critic.

"It's outrageous that it took John Horgan and the NDP this long to acknowledge the severity of the situation and do something. Their inaction created needless uncertainty for thousands of already-struggling businesses and workers."

Earlier this week, the BC Liberals supported small business groups and employers throughout B.C. who sent a letter to the NDP government requesting they amend the Employment Standards Act to extend the temporary layoff time limits.

Such an extension would bring B.C. in line with governments throughout the country who have extended the temporary layoff time limits to help businesses accommodate the unprecedented challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We're glad that we were able to amplify the voices of these small businesses and workers who were begging the government to act to save jobs and livelihoods," added Jas Johal, MLA for Richmond-Queensborough.

"It shouldn't have taken this long, but the BC Liberal Caucus is glad that the small business representatives got what they wanted out of this meeting with a Premier who spent the first half of the week being dismissive of their concerns and claiming their letter for help was 'salacious'."

In the end, all that was required after the foot-dragging and procrastination from John Horgan and the NDP was a simple alteration of two numbers in legislation.

Just the stroke of a pen.



PLEASE NOTE ... click here to read today's BC government media release regarding temporary lay-off notices

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

KURT PEATS: Does Somebody Have to Die Before the Cops do Something? ... or ... Why Don’t You Go and Catch Some Real Criminals?

We live in a topsy-turvy world.     Watching the evening news simply confirms that the chimpanzees are indeed in charge of guarding the bananas.   I’ve been a police officer for a quarter of a century and have been called upon to try and settle disputes that took many years to develop.   In fact, most disputes are far more complex than what a 30-second sound bite can possibly convey.     Did you ever wonder why the cops didn’t act when it is blatantly obvious that a person or a group of persons were breaking the law ?    The job of the police is complicated at the best of times. The officer is called upon to deal with both criminal and civil matters, and sometimes these matters are occurring simultaneously.    On a Saturday night, after dealing with the mud, the blood and the beer, (the criminal law side of the house), the officer will eventually deal with the ensuing family break-up, child custody issues (the civil law side of the house) and the like. L

TODD STONE -- I have decided that I will not be a candidate to be the next leader of the BC Liberal Party at this time

  The past few months have been a difficult time for our party. Following the resignation of our former leader, I have been carefully considering whether this was the right time for me to once again put my name forward for the leadership of the BC Liberal Party.   I focused on building out a core team and engaged with hundreds of British Columbians. A talented, growing campaign team, a strong fundraising group, and supporters in every corner of the province were at the ready to formally launch a campaign.   However, after spending the holidays with my family carefully weighing the decision, I have decided that I will not be a candidate to be the next leader of the BC Liberal Party at this time.   Life’s most important decisions are those made with your heart. I am forever grateful for the support Chantelle and our three daughters have provided me throughout my political career. But it was driven home to me recently that my daughters don’t know a time when their dad wasn’t

Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers says the natural gas and oil industry can be a foundation for national economic recovery

  On the good news front for 2021, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) is forecasting a 14 per cent increase in upstream natural gas and oil investment in 2021 – an expected increase of $3.36 billion this year, reaching $27.3 billion.   The planned investment for 2021, while increasing from the lowest levels in more than a decade, would halt the dramatic decline seen since 2014, when investment sat at $81 billion. This year’s forecast represents a stabilizing of industry investment and the beginning of a longer-term economic recovery.   The additional spending is primarily focused in Alberta and British Columbia, while numbers in Saskatchewan show modest improvement and offshore investment in Atlantic Canada is expected to remain relatively stable compared to 2020.   Stated Tim McMillan, President and CEO of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers: “ It is a positive sign to see capital investment numbers moving up from the record lows of 202

Labels

Show more