2016 speech from the Throne outlines government’s economic agenda

“Steadfast. Resilient. And the courage to get to yes,” – The Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, Throne Speech 2016. Her Honour, remarking on the qualities that will ensure the continued economic success of our province. Read the speech in its entirety here, http://www.thronespeechbc.ca.

In her speech from the Throne today, Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon outlined the government’s agenda to create jobs and opportunity throughout British Columbia, and continue to grow a diverse economy to sustain and expand the vital services that British Columbians depend on.

In the session ahead, government will continue to stand up for British Columbians, and for the communities and industries that not only build this province, but drive prosperity.

By focusing on key sectors of the economy and expanding new markets in clean energy and technology with British Columbia’s Asia-Pacific partners, the government has the opportunity to eliminate the operating debt in just four years, paving the path towards a debt-free BC.

“With a strong, diverse and growing economy, and four consecutive balanced budgets, we can plan for future growth, create a climate where job-creating businesses can thrive – while continuing to make investments in our future,” said Premier Christy Clark. “And while we’re planning for future growth, a growing economy means we also have the ability to make a difference in people’s lives today.”

During the spring session, government will also focus on building safe, thriving communities, continue to work with the federal government to secure the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement, and ensure First Nations are equal partners in B.C.’s growing economy.