Excerpt from the Official Report of
DEBATES OF THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY

(Hansard)


October 4, 2011

Construction industry jobs and timeline for the elimination of the Harmonized Sales Tax

S. Simpson: The B.C. Liberals are continuing to frustrate the construction industry and continuing to cost people jobs. That's the reality here, and the performance of the Premier today has done nothing to alleviate that concern for people in that industry.

I quote a Kelowna builder. "The B.C. Liberals made a grave mistake, and it's their responsibility to do everything humanly possible to fix the problem in the swiftest way possible. If the government cannot come up with some clear initiative to prevent a complete collapse of a very fragile industry, we need to consider any and all options to protect our interests."

That's what the industry is saying. That's their government cannot come up with some clear initiative to prevent a complete collapse of a very fragile industry, we need to consider any and all options to protect our interests." That's what the industry is saying. That's their concern.

This Premier said nothing to help those people in the throne speech, and she said nothing today to give them any comfort. What is this Premier prepared to do? What initiatives will this Premier do to protect the jobs that are here today, not the ones that she's imagining somewhere in the future?

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S. Simpson: The problem is that all this government offers the people of B.C. is imagination. The people of B.C. would like a little substance from their government.

Another Kelowna builder had this to say: "The HST fiasco was simply half-baked from the beginning and continues to negatively impact our industry. How is it possible that something that was implemented in three months now takes 18 months to disappear?"

What will this Premier and this government do to support this industry that produces thousands of jobs? Stop making promises you can't keep. Support an industry that's here today.

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