Today I had the opportunity to stand in the Legislature and ask Finance Minister Carole James about collecting housing data to better inform the ongoing development of a evidence-based housing strategy.
I have been appointed to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services which began operations last week.
The committee’s first order of business is consultations for the 2018 budget which will take place throughout British Columbia in early October. We have to submit our final report by no later that November 15, 2017, and there is no question that the consultation timeline is significantly accelerated due to the May election and the Budget Update recently released by the government.
Today I rose in the House to respond to the Budget Update 2017. While I do not support all the aspects of this budget, I am happy to be able to support it as I believe it takes important steps to addressing many of the critical issues identified to me by my constituents in Saanich North and the Islands and British Columbians from across the province.