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Bond, Oakes say budget doesn’t address critical issues in Prince George and Quesnel

Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond
Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond and Cariboo North MLA Coralee Oakes are speaking out about the NDP’s 2024 budget, saying it fails to address the critical needs of Prince George and surrounding communities.

They say the budget fails in the following areas:
  • No funding or mention of the UHNBC cardiac care tower.
  • No funding to continue the AR1 North South Interconnector for Quesnel.
  • No new funding for the further expansion of treatment and recovery services despite the specific ask from Prince George for additional detox beds.
  • No mention of changing the ‘catch and release’ justice system or the move to decriminalize hard drugs.
This budget continues the frustrating NDP trend of record-high spending and record-low results for everyday people, leaving Prince George and Quesnel’s most pressing needs on the sidelines, the pair said in a release.

“The NDP’s 2024 budget completely fails to address the growing needs of Prince George and our region. Once again, David Eby and the NDP have forgotten that it is a big province and that people who live in northern and rural communities are tired of waiting for essential services and infrastructure projects that have been promised repeatedly,” said Bond.

“BC United is committed to real change, offering a solid plan to invest in treatment, recovery services and healthcare, ensuring our community’s well-being,” said Oakes. “It’s time for a government that provides results, not empty rhetoric. United, we can fix it.”

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