10/07/2013 01:52 EDT | Updated 01/23/2014 06:58 EST

Adrian Dix: Legislature Closure Bad For B.C.


VICTORIA - New Democrat Leader Adrian Dix says having politicians sit for only 36 days in British Columbia's legislature this year isn't good enough.

Dix stood outside the legislature chambers today, on what would have been the opening of a fall legislative session, to chastise Premier Christy Clark's government for taking the fall off while many residents are concerned about rising hydro rates and poor treatment of senior citizens.

The Opposition leader was flanked by five other New Democrats to show he and his party are prepared to debate issues important to B.C. residents.

The Liberal government decided against a fall legislative session, saying it needed the months leading up to the introduction of February's budget to prepare legislation around the liquefied natural gas industry.

The Liberals say LNG development in B.C.'s north represents a trillion-dollar opportunity that could create 100,000 jobs.

Dix says the Liberals have not consulted the NDP on its legislative plans and the current LNG program appears focused only on a sales job while neglecting environmental and skill shortage concerns.

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