By Premier Christy Clark
Our government’s BC Jobs Plan is continuing to pay dividends for families across the province. At a time when governments around the world are struggling with massive debt and credit downgrades, BC’s economy is soaring. In fact just over a week ago, all three major credit-rating agencies sent a strong message about the world’s view of BC’s economy.
Our government’s hard-earned AAA credit rating was confirmed again this year. And, as a result, so was BC’s position as a safe harbour for investment in global economic stormy seas.
When we attract investment, we protect and create jobs. And just this past week,
Statistics Canada showed that the number of British Columbians receiving an
Employment Insurance cheque is down 17% from last year. Those are families that can now depend on a job to provide for the people they love.
Our government is striving to help families get ahead and we’re also working to keep families safe. This week we announced a major expansion of our provincial Amber Alert system. All 30,000 government employees will now receive an email or text message when an Amber Alert goes out. That means 30,000 additional sets of eyes looking for a missing child, and making sure they get home safely to their family. And London Drugs is joining us as one of the very first private partners, so all their employees will get Amber Alerts too.
Our government is working to make life better for families, and these developments this week go a long way toward helping us achieve our goal.