COLUMN: MLA Adam Olsen responds to budget 2019

Adam Olsen is the BC Green Party MLA for Saanich North and the Islands

MLA Adam Olsen. (BC Green Party)

I was elected to represent Saanich North and the Islands in the British Columbia Legislative Assembly in large part because people in my riding lost confidence in government.

On each and every doorstep, I promised them that I would be passionate, bold and courageous in my work to rebuild their trust.

Budget 2019 is not a perfect budget. It’s not an awful budget. It’s a good budget, and it’s a smart budget. It begins to make the investments in people and in environment that signal this government is interested in rebuilding trust in our democratic institution.

Budget 2019 continues the work of restoring confidence in government. It features many initiatives that were in the Green platform. CleanBC represents meaningful action on climate change. But it also has investments in education, youth mental health, PharmaCare and child care.

With the CleanBC plan and the $900 million investment in this budget, it’s a great step forward to putting British Columbia back on track and on the pathway towards a cutting-edge, low-carbon economy.

Salmon is an issue I’ve spent a considerable amount of time on with the Premier’s Wild Salmon Advisory Council and I am disappointed to see no substantive investment in wild salmon. It is my hope that government steps forward soon with their commitment to this work as good salmon policy is good environmental, good social and good economic policy.

Budget 2019 takes tremendous steps in recognizing lifelong learning and making post-secondary education more affordable and accessible. I applaud the $550 million investment in public education and the $31 million investment in independent schools.

Also, Indigenous leaders have long been asking for access to gaming revenues, and $3 billion over 25 years is a remarkable advancement in the government-to-government relations in British Columbia.

The $50 million investment in high-speed internet connectivity is a start to better connectivity in rural communities. I know that Gulf Islanders will be eager to have part of that investment, and it will improve our communities.

Investments in innovation are not enough, we are facing disruptive technologies and innovations with the sole purpose of turning status quo markets upside down. It’s time for government, labour, business and politicians to wake up to this new reality that we face together. We must embrace the reality that we need to change or we will be changed.

I will continue to be both an active, productive partner in the work to rebuild trust in this democratic institution as well as a thoughtful critic.

I will continue to push forward on innovation, habitat protection, restoration and less bureaucratic fragmentation.

I will continue to demand deeper, more thorough action on the allegations of corruption and bad behaviour. We can go further, faster.

I will continue to advocate with a loud and respectful voice for the interests of Saanich North and the Islands.

To watch the video and/or read the transcript of Adam Olsen’s Budget 2019 response visit: adamolsenmla.ca/its-a-good-budget-its-a-smart-budget-2019. Olsen is the BC Green Party MLA for Saanich North and the Islands

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

UPDATED: Man dies from injuries at Customs House construction site in Victoria

Investigation continues into the circumstance of man’s death

Earthquake off coast of Washington recorded at 4.1 magnitude

The quake was recorded at a depth of 10 kilometres

Netflix, Warner Bros filming 10-part series in Colwood

Filming takes place now until March 2021

Teams back on the field in Langford

Soccer championships back in action after postponement

B.C. reports 96 new COVID-19 cases, one hospital outbreak

61 people in hospital as summer ends with election

B.C. could be without a new leader for multiple weeks after Election Day: officials

More than 20K mail-in voting packages were requested within a day of B.C. election being called

Refresh of Liberal government’s agenda comes amid new looming COVID-19 crisis

Lockdowns saw fed spending soar to historic levels in effort to offset pandemic’s blow to Canadians’ livelihoods

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

BC Liberals must change gears from election cynicism, focus on the issues: UBC professors

COVID-19 response and recovery is likely to dominate platforms

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

‘Unprecedented’ coalition demands end to B.C. salmon farms

First Nations, commercial fishermen among group calling for action on Cohen recommendations

B.C.’s top doctor says she’s received abuse, death threats during COVID-19 response

Henry has become a national figure during her time leading B.C.’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic

POLL: Do you plan on allowing your children to go trick or treating this year?

This popular annual social time will look quite different this year due to COVID-19

Most Read