The BC NDP unveiled their first throne speech in 16 years on Friday, and it was one that stayed in line with promises made in the party’s election platform and in an alliance made with the BC Greens.
The speech kicked off by acknowledging the devastating wildfires that have threatened the province this summer, as well as the deadly opioid crisis, and the constant struggle of homelessness.
Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon read the speech, saying that the government is ready to build a better B.C.
“The people of B.C. must always come first,” she said.
One of the priorities outlined in the speech was long-promised election finance reform.
This, after the party faced criticism for delaying action against corporate and union donations.
The NDP also promised a referendum on proportional representation later than November next year.
Affordability was also front and centre, with the NDP promising to help renters by closing the fixed-lease loophole.
However, the speech did not specifically mention the $400 renters rebate mentioned during the election.
“We will increase support to the Residential Tenancy Branch to make sure tenants and landlords are treated fairly,” Guichon said.
Also in the spotlight was childcare, mentioning a universal childcare program rather than the $10-dollar-a-day care program.
The speech also hinted that Monday’s budget will make sure “children are ready to learn and have classrooms to learn in.”
More details are expected to become available on Sept. 11, after the NDP releases their budget and makes clear how they plan to pay for their promises.