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BC budget

Heading into this month's B.C. budget, Premier Christy Clark is saying all the right things about scrapping the Medical Services Premium (MSP) tax. The B.C. Liberals have been busy pouring water on every smoldering election issue they can find. On and on the list goes, leaving the MSP tax as one of the few big potholes remaining on the road to re-election.
The most basic economic principle is, when there is a rise in demand, the invisible force of supply will kick in, and this is how economic growth is generated. For those who want to blame the housing crisis on immigrants, let's think about how our economy would look like if B.C. or Canada did not have the intake and growth brought by immigrants.
The story of Anita and Wolfram Gottschalk being separated after 62 years of marriage has triggered a public response that few could have imagined just days ago. Predictably, other stories are coming out in follow up media reports. It seems everyone has some experience to share with finding care for elderly couples -- often with varying needs. At BC Care Providers Association, we might have predicted that a story like this would eventually catch the public's attention. For the past 2 years we have been engaging with government, our health authorities, medical professionals, and member stakeholders on developing creative solutions to meet the growing need.
I have a friend who is so poor that sometimes he will buy one can of tuna so that both he and his cat can eat. He's not the only B.C. citizen trying to make the most of extremely limited resources. He certainly considers himself luckier than those who sometimes can only afford to eat pet food.
Petty. One word that springs to mind after last week's B.C. budget. At best, it's a lip service budget. Tweak here, tweak
Finance Minister Michael de Jong pulled out some bright red lipstick and smeared it all over the Medical Services Premium
During 10 days of public meetings, special interest groups demanded $18.6 billion from the provincial government. It's 40 per cent of the province's annual budget. It's more than B.C. spends on health care. It's a ridiculous amount of money.
They have closed 24 out of 68 courthouses, 10 jails, 176 schools and 85 per cent of legal aid offices. It's really not hard to see where all the extra money came from.
You can only hide behind your "Families First" catch phrase for so long before families start to wake up and realize that we all deserve so much better then what you have to offer.
These are all issues that every citizen can relate to and some of them, if not addressed soon, could be the downfall of our province.