BC Premier John Horgan said today he has “not made a decision” about whether or not he will call an early election this fall, despite widespread speculation among political pundits in the province that he might do so as early as this week.
“I have not made a decision about an election,” said Horgan during a press conference at the Phillips Brewery in Victoria on Thursday. “I’m focused on making sure we can launch our recovery plan…so that British Columbians have confidence that we’re focused on their needs.”
Horgan’s comments came after he and Finance Minister Carole James announced details of the provincial government’s $1.5 billion economic recovery plan.
The plan, entitled Stronger BC for Everyone: BC’s Economic Recovery Plan, outlines the province’s plan to help people, businesses and communities “recover and come out of COVID-19 stronger and better prepared.”
“As British Columbians, we’ve been through a lot recently,” Horgan during a press conference on Thursday. “We know our recovery won’t happen overnight, but by focusing on people and taking care of each other, we will ensure there are better days ahead for all of us.”
The steps being taken in the plan, he added, “will improve health care, get people back to work, support BC businesses and strengthen our neighbourhoods and communities.”
The plan includes $1.5 billion in economic recovery spending measures that respond to “immediate needs,” the province said.
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This money was earmarked for recovery spending in the spring and is in addition to $660 million in tax measures and more than $1.86 billion in federal and provincial restart funding for municipalities, transit and education.