Following through on our commitments to people: The first 10 weeks of John Horgan’s B.C. New Democrat government

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VICTORIA – Premier John Horgan and the New Democrat government have been working hard for people. After 16 years of a B.C. Liberal government that only cared about their wealthy friends and supporters, it’s going to take time to fix the problems they created. But the New Democrat government is taking strong first steps to make life better for British Columbians.

In just 10 weeks, Premier John Horgan and the B.C. New Democrat government have already delivered on many key campaign commitments:


Making life more affordable


Increasing income assistance and disability payments by $100

Increasing earnings exemptions for people on income and disability assistance by $200 a month

Eliminating tolls on the Port Mann and Golden Ears bridges

Eliminating tuition fees on Adult Basic Education and English Language Learning programs

Making post-secondary education free for former children in care

Reducing MSP Premiums

Limiting ICBC rate increases for drivers

Sending the Site C project for an independent review

Establishing a minister of state as a first step toward affordable and accessible child care

Increasing funding for the construction of affordable and supportive housing

Purchasing the Waneta Dam through BC Hydro


Good jobs, across the province


Increasing access to trades training

Increasing the minimum wage

Restoring the credit union tax benefit and lifting the cap on lending

Reducing the small business corporate income tax rate from 2.5% to 2%


Investing in key services


Increasing funding for K-12 education

Increasing funding for BC Healthy Kids Program

Restoring the UBC Therapeutics Initiative

Establishing a stand-alone Ministry to tackle the overdose crisis

Restoring balance at and investing in the Residential Tenancy Branch


A better B.C.

Making reconciliation a priority

Restoring the Human Rights Commission

Reviewing the Hullcar Aquifer to ensure drinking water is safe

Standing up for B.C.’s interests in the face of Kinder Morgan

Tackling gangs and gun violence

Increasing the Carbon Tax and ensuring revenues support families and fund green initiatives

Ending Big Money in B.C. Politics

Supporting people affected by the wildfires

Increasing safety on our bridges and highways

Reviewing the George Massey Tunnel corridor