Much like CUPE
, the BC Liberal
government is preparing for tomorrow's throne speech. Recent weeks suggest the three key themes of the Lieutenant Governor Iona Campagnolo's speech will be transportation infrastructure, healthcare, and the North.
Kevin Falcon's transportation portfolio has been a key theme throughout the second term of B.C.'s government, from minor bicycle path projects through to the bigger issues of the Pacific Gateway and the RAV SkyTrain line. The recent attention paid to the Gateway program suggests transportation infrastructure will receive significant attention tomorrow. This is an interesting theme given the vocal response opponents have made to the various parts of this sizable project.
As always, healthcare is on the government's priority list. With the new additions to UBC Hospital and the recent survey ranking B.C. first in healthcare, the issue has been getting even more attention than usual. The aging population should hear an updated healthcare plan announcement tomorrow.
The North is a region of the province that is in an interesting position. It faces the conflicting futures of a declining influence with a reduced share of the province's growing population while also having what could be a very prosperous economic future. Government announcements suggest parkland legislation and economic development will be themes of the speech tomorrow.
Happy Valentine's Day? Only time will tell if the B.C. government's love letter to itself also wins the hearts of B.C. voters.