Monday, February 13, 2006

BC Government's Valentine to the People

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.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The NDP's love letters (Throne Speeches) used to give voters'
hearts a cardiac arrest.

2/13/2006 10:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The smell of rank cow manure coming from the throne speech tomorrow should make anyone puke. I love Campbell's so called conciliatory tone to the public sector unions.... cutbacks, contracting out, and more layoffs.

So much for the softer, gentler Gordo. Shaping up to be another long hot summer in the BC labour picture.

2/13/2006 3:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The labour unions haven't been exactly conciliatory either.

Blame can be put on the unions as much as the government.

2/14/2006 8:43 AM  

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