VANCOUVER, Feb. 14 /CNW/ - The B.C. Government's throne speech, tabled
today amid the unusual circumstances of political leadership contests
in both the governing and opposition parties, promises only continued
uncertainty for the public service, the B.C. Government and Service
Employees' Union said today.
"A throne speech is always light on details, but given that the B.C.
Liberal government has promised a placeholder throne speech and budget
due to their leadership race, the speech was even lighter on details
than is usual," said BCGEU president Darryl Walker.
More uncertainty for public services seems to be guaranteed, given the
throne speech promise that, "tomorrow's budget will meet statutory
requirements while providing maximum flexibility for future decisions
by the new executive council and this legislature."
The speech promised that the government will seek approval for an
interim supply bill that will allow for the ongoing operation of
government business. B.C. Liberal party members will vote on February
26 to choose a new Premier-designate.
The speech also noted that, "it is our health professionals and social
service professionals who have pushed back the frontiers of illness and
injury as they move to their destination of creating a healthier
"These comments are very ironic given that nearly 10,000 community
social service workers have been trying to negotiate a new collective
agreement for more than a year," said Walker.
The speech also noted the important role of public service workers in
our province. However, close to 800 frontline workers have been cut
from the public service in the past year.
"The throne speech acknowledged that B.C. businesses will soon pay the
lowest corporate taxes in the G7," said Walker. "Meanwhile, single
mothers can't access legal aid to obtain custody orders, and we don't
have enough public service workers to protect our courts or monitor how
much timber is being cut by industry."
SOURCE B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union
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