Highlights of a throne speech delivered Tuesday by B.C.’s NDP government

Highlights of a throne speech delivered Tuesday by B.C.'s NDP government

VICTORIA — Highlights of Tuesday’s speech from the throne in British Columbia:

— Starting in October, families in need will be eligible for the Child Opportunity Benefit.


— Transportation upgrades are planned to improve rapid transit, boost the number of HOV lanes and bring commuter rail service to the Fraser Valley.


— High-speed connections are planned with Washington state.


— Transportation improvements are needed as the province’s population is forecast to grow by one million in the next decade.


— Since coming to power, the government says it has eliminated Medical Services Plan premiums and reduced child care fees.


— It has started or finished construction on 23,000 affordable homes.


— In less than three years, the government has started 13 hospital projects and opened 12 urgent and primary care centres.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 11, 2020.




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