Hon. Bill Bennett
Minister of Energy and Mines and Minister Responsible for Core Review
Today's BC Liberals MLA for East Kootenay
Since our government took office in 2001, we have continually made improvements to keep British Columbia’s government lean, efficient and focused on delivering necessary social services that British Columbians depend on. Today, we’re poised to lead the country like never before – bringing in new investment, harnessing the entrepreneurial spirit of our people, and developing entirely new industries like liquefied natural gas (LNG).
Getting here was tough, and making further progress won’t always be easy. Making difficult decisions about the role and scope of government is our responsibility. We are continuing to save taxpayers’ money, reduce the regulatory burden on the private sector, and make public services more focused and efficient.
Our determination continues to pay off – B.C. has some of the lowest taxes in Canada, a strong and competitive economy, and we have also seen a big reduction in the red tape that ballooned in the 1990s. Just months ago, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business gave British Columbia its only ‘A’ grade for cutting red tape, a recognition of how far we’ve come.
Today, our province is on a far better footing than it was twelve years ago. We’ve returned to balanced budgets while keeping taxes low and protecting the world-class health care, education and other public services that British Columbians depend on. But Premier Christy Clark and our BC Liberal team are well aware that, just as B.C. families and businesses work hard to live within their means, government needs to work equally hard to stay on track.
That’s why our Premier tasked me with doing a core review of government. We’re taking a closer look at what government is doing and how it can be done better. This includes not just our ministries, but also the many ABCs – agencies, board and commissions – funded by BC taxpayers. It’s about making sure British Columbians are getting the best bang for their buck in public service delivery, so those services can be delivered sustainably into the future.
Last Tuesday I announced the first results of our core review: transition the Pacific Carbon Trust and Provincial Capital Commission into government for about $6.6 million in total savings to B.C. taxpayers. In the months ahead, I’ll let you know about further steps to keep government spending under control and deliver on our promise to BC: a strong economy and a secure tomorrow.
Today’s BC Liberals believe our kids and grandkids should enjoy the same or better quality of life that we do – and that means identifying opportunities for improvement today.
Thanks for your support along the way.
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