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  NEWS RELEASE 

For Immediate Release

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Feb. 13, 2007

Office of the Premier

 

THRONE SPEECH LAUNCHES B.C. INTO PACIFIC CENTURY

 


VICTORIA – The third session of the 38th parliament was launched today with a speech from the throne that calls for bold action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, create better choices for students and patients, and a plan to reduce homelessness.

 

“Over the last five years, British Columbia has established itself as a centre for social innovation and economic development, and as a province where we accomplish what we set our minds to,” said Premier Gordon Campbell. “However, we have a responsibility to do better – to reach higher in education, to reduce the impact we have on the environment, to provide more choices for students and patients, and to help those who cannot help themselves.”

 

Premier Campbell said the Province will build on its reputation for environmental stewardship by establishing targets, actions and processes aimed at reducing B.C.’s greenhouse gases by at least 33 per cent below current levels by 2020.

 

“Climate change is real, and British Columbians are telling us we must do more as a government and as individuals,” said Campbell. “We will act to stem the growth of global warming and minimize the impacts already unleashed by establishing targets and actions and by working with our national and international neighbours.”

 

The throne speech includes key initiatives that outline the five elements of the Province’s Pacific Leadership Agenda, an agenda that’s crucial to achieving the Five Great Goals for the Golden Decade. The Pacific Leadership Agenda elements include:

 

Initiatives that will further strengthen First Nations relations include:


 

Initiatives to tackle the challenge of global warming include:

 

Plans to build on the Province’s environmental protection and conservation records:

 

Initiatives that will be taken to address housing and urban sprawl include:

 

New steps to boost student achievement by improving quality, choice and accountability in British Columbia’s education system include:

 

Further initiatives will reflect the government’s 2005 election commitments to:

 

Further health-care initiatives that will build on the Conversation on Health and fundamental health reforms that will increase choice and maximize health services include:

 

New initiatives to support B.C.’s growing economy include:

·        B.C.’s new tourism strategy will target new markets for growth in the Asia-Pacific and new potential for growth in eco-tourism, agri-tourism, Aboriginal tourism, and cultural tourism.

·        This year, a new Children’s Education Credit will be established and a new Pacific Leaders Fellowship will be created to provide university students new financial incentives to pursue careers in the provincial public service.

·        Campus 2020 will help shape the vision of B.C.’s post-secondary system for years to come.

·        The Provincial Nominee Program will be substantially expanded and new efforts will be made to expedite entry for temporary workers in skills-shortage areas.

·        The government will invest in B.C.’s ports, airports, railways, roads and bridges to capitalize on British Columbia’s core competitive advantage – our location as Canada’s only Pacific province.

·        Legislation will be introduced to end mandatory retirement.

 

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The full text of today’s speech from the throne is available on the Legislative Assembly website at www.leg.bc.ca/38th3rd/4-8-38-3.htm.

 

*Note: The online version of this news release has been amended to correct this date.

 


  

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Office of the Premier

250 213-8218

 

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