B.C. party leaders show unity in course of action
A joint statement issued from the leaders of B.C.’s political parties last night (March 23) on the COVID-19 financial aid package for people and businesses showcases a non-partisan approach in the legislature.
NDP Premier John Horgan, Opposition Leader Andrew Wilkinson (Liberal Party), interim third party Leader Adam Olsen and MLA Andrew Weaver issued the following joint statement about the emergency House sitting to support people and businesses affected by COVID-19.
“COVID-19 threatens our health, our economy and our way of life. We must act now, and quickly, to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect people in our communities.
“We know that people all across B.C. are stressed and anxious about the future. Families are struggling and businesses are hurting.
“Today, Members of the Legislative Assembly joined together to pass legislation to help people and businesses affected by COVID-19.
“There’s a long road ahead of us. But we are united in ensuring the health and safety of British Columbians are protected as we respond to this unprecedented challenge.
“As party leaders, we want to take this opportunity to speak with one voice and challenge every British Columbian to do their part to stop the spread of COVID-19.
“We expect everyone to follow the advice of the provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, and take the steps needed to slow the spread of COVID-19.
“By washing our hands, keeping a safe distance from others, staying home if we are sick, and buying only what we need, we can flatten the curve.
“The actions of each of us determine the future for all of us. No matter our politics, now is the time to come together and do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19,” the joint statement concluded.