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NDP ignores Olympic Village School and other vital commitments in Budget 2024

VICTORIA (February 23, 2024) – Vancouver-Langara MLA Michael Lee is speaking out about the NDP’s 2024 budget, which fails to meet the critical needs of Vancouver.

“Under the NDP, Vancouver is at a breaking point. Our hospitals and health clinics face record wait times, housing affordability is crippling our community, and the growing mental health and addiction crisis is affecting every corner of our city. And we face a worrying increase in crime which has left many feeling unsafe.”

The NDP’s eighth budget fails to address major areas of concern for Vancouverites and all British Columbians:

  • There is no new funding for much-needed Vancouver school capital investment — or even mention of — a new Olympic Village School, despite assurances from Minister Brenda Bailey that it would be in the budget.
  • Despite a record year for overdose deaths in 2023, this is a status quo budget for Mental Health and Addictions, with no new funding for the further expansion of treatment and recovery services in Vancouver, all while the average wait time for mental health beds has increased to 35 days.
  • There is no mention of ending David Eby’s catch-and-release justice system or the NDP’s failed decriminalization experiment.

 

This budget continues the frustrating NDP trend of record-high spending and record-low results for everyday people, leaving Vancouver’s most pressing needs on the sidelines.

“The NDP’s 2024 budget fails to address the growing needs of Vancouver. Once again, David Eby and the NDP have missed the mark, and people are tired of waiting for essential services and infrastructure that our community needs and has been promised,” said BC United MLA Michael Lee. “BC United is committed to real change, offering a solid plan to invest in education and treatment and recovery, ensuring our community’s well-being. It’s time for a government that provides results, not empty rhetoric. United, we can fix it.”

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