Morris and Bond concerned about childcare and economic development after throne speech

Two Prince George Liberal MPs think yesterday’s (Tuesday) Speech from the Throne was a little disappointing from the NDP and Lieutenant Governor Janet Austin.

Prince George-Mackenzie MP Mike Morris says economic development in the wake of the pandemic should have been a priority.

“Where are the new mines, where is the economic development that we so badly need here in BC to support all this money the government has spent, so it was missing.”

Additionally, Morris mentioned that the NDP needs to show more urgency when it comes to evaluating several costly items related to major weather events.

“We have big bills to pay with construction costs from floods and fires and rebuilding farms and everything. There is a lot of work to do and we need substantial resources in government and I just don’t see that.

Child care was also mentioned during the Speech from the Throne, indicating that the file will now be the responsibility of the Ministry of Education.

Prince George-Valemount MP Shirley Bond told Vista Radio that new spaces were still lacking in the northern capital.

“What matters is making sure we have the spaces we have for families across the province. Parents in Prince George told us that when new places open up, the waiting lists exceed the number of places and places available.

Bond also took aim at the labor market outlook that was released on Monday, predicting employment growth of just 0.4% for the Cariboo economic region, which includes PG, Quesnel and Williams Lake – the slowest of all. the regions.

By 2031, only 20,400 job openings are predicted for the region.

Bond thinks we need to be more creative in order to retain more of our local talent.

“We need to look at how we generate new jobs and focus on things like tourism and the technology sector while of course remaining committed to ensuring that we have a natural resources sector that continues to thrive and thrive in our province.

The province is expected to unveil its economic recovery plan next week.

British Columbia’s budget will be released on February 22.