MLA Letters

MLA Lee, Oakes, Tegart, and Doerkson's Letter to Minister Fleming on deterioration of roads in rural B.C.
May 6, 2021
We are writing to you regarding the continued deterioration of our province’s transportation system, including roads in rural B.C., especially those in the Cariboo and Fraser-Nicola regions.
Critic for Transportation, Infrastructure, & TransLink
Critic for Rural Development
Critic for Education
Critic for Advanced Education, Skills Training, & Sport
MLA Paton and MLA Oakes' Letter to Minister Kang on BC Veterinarian Shortage
April 28, 2021

We are writing to you today to reiterate our concern about the shortage of veterinarians in British Columbia and the impact it is having on animals, their owners, and the vets themselves.

This is not a new issue; in fact, it was raised by our Caucus in December 2019 but unfortunately, we haven’t seen any movement on it — and the situation is becoming much more serious.

Critic for Agriculture & Food
Critic for Advanced Education, Skills Training, & Sport
MLA Lee's Letter to Minister Fleming on the need for Infrastructure investment in B.C.
April 16, 2021
In January 2021, I wrote to you to express the urgent need for your Ministry to develop a comprehensive province-wide plan to strengthen and support transportation and infrastructure in B.C. While I have received a reply from you about other transportation issues I have raised over the past few months, you did not indicate whether you would commit to developing such a plan in consultation with industry stakeholders.
Critic for Transportation, Infrastructure, & TransLink
BC Liberal Caucus Interim Leader Bond and MLA Merrifield's Letter to Premier Horgan on COVID-19 data transparency
April 7, 2021
We are writing today to ask again for you and your government to take immediate action to improve the transparency and reporting of COVID-19 data in British Columbia.
Interim Leader of the Official Opposition and Critic for Seniors Services & Long Term Care
MLA Wat's Letter to Minister Eby on proclaiming Anti-Racism Education Day
April 6, 2021
I am writing to you today to ask you and your government to support our request to have May 29 proclaimed as Anti-Racism Education Day.
Critic for Tourism, Arts & Culture, & Anti-Racism Initiatives
MLA Lee and MLA Merrifield's Letter to Minister Dix on Transportation Workers Exclusion from Vaccination Priority List
March 22, 2021
Over the past week, we have joined British Columbians in the collective relief in what the next phase of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout means for B.C. We know that vaccines are the key to getting us out of this pandemic and protecting B.C. residents during this time. 
Critic for Transportation, Infrastructure, & TransLink
BC Liberal Caucus Interim Leader Bond and MLA Merrifield's Letter to the Premier and Minister Dix on ALS funding in B.C.
March 12, 2021
We are writing today to urge you to take immediate action on increasing funding, clinical trials, and research into Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) here in British Columbia.
Interim Leader of the Official Opposition and Critic for Seniors Services & Long Term Care
MLA Rustad's Letter to Minister Conroy on B.C. Forestry Industry
March 9, 2021
I want to start by thanking you for our conversation on Feb. 5th. I also would like to reiterate my congratulations on your appointment as minister of FLNRORD. As we discussed, your file covers a wide variety of topics and some very challenging files. As your Official Opposition Critic, I will also take this initial opportunity to bring to your attention some of the structural issues that continue to face our forest industry.
Critic for Forests, Lands, & Natural Resources
MLA Clovechok's Letter to Minister Farnworth on reliable funding for Avalanche Canada
March 5, 2021
During the 2019 and 2020 budget estimates, I had the opportunity to highlight the excellent work Avalanche Canada does for our Province. As you know, Avalanche Canada is a national organization that services the entire country; however, you will know that 95% of Avalanche Canada’s forecasting stations are located in B.C., and only 80% of their budget is spent in B.C.
Caucus Whip & Critic for Columbia Basin Initiatives
MLA Lee's Letter to Minister Fleming on the growing need for increased supports for B.C. airports
March 4, 2021
I have written to you in the past about the need for a comprehensive plan to sustain B.C.’s transportation networks, which connect our province and support the efficient movement of goods and people. This would include specific and targeted relief for transportation service organizations that are having difficulty making ends meet during this challenging time with COVID-19. I look forward to a response from you laying out such a plan, which is becoming more urgent with every day that goes by.
Critic for Transportation, Infrastructure, & TransLink
MLA Paton's Letter to Minister Popham on annual farmers’ market season and impacts of the pandemic
March 3, 2021
I am writing to you today in advance of the annual farmers’ market season which is fast approaching. These markets not only connect British Columbians to locally produced goods, they are also an important source of income for the hard-working vendors who participate in them.
Critic for Agriculture & Food
MLA Kirkpatrick's Letter to Minister Dean on B.C.'s autism funding and challenges families have faced during the pandemic
March 2, 2021
I am writing concerning B.C.’s autism funding provided by the Ministry of Children and Family Development to help pay for eligible services or supports that promote skill development for children living with autism.
Critic for Children, Family Development, & Childcare
MLA Wat’s letter to Minister Kang on protecting Chinese language in Chinese Medicine Exam
February 18, 2021
As Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, you know well the importance of our transportation networks in B.C., which connect our province and support the efficient movement of goods and people. You are also no doubt aware of the profound impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on these networks, with service disruptions creating an urgent situation in many northern and remote communities that have been left increasingly isolated.
Critic for Tourism, Arts & Culture, & Anti-Racism Initiatives
MLA Tegart’s Letter to Minister Whiteside on VSB Reduction of School Hours
February 17, 2021
I am writing to you today to follow up on a letter sent to you on January 29, 2021, by my colleague and MLA for Vancouver-Langara Michael Lee, who relayed a series of concerns he has received from a large number of parents with students enrolled in elementary and secondary schools across School District 39 in Vancouver.
Critic for Education
MLA Lee’s Letter to Minister Fleming on support for Vancouver Island bus routes
February 17, 2021
As the COVID-19 pandemic drags on, it is absolutely essential that government provides the appropriate relief to maintain vital services that are struggling due to the far-reaching impacts of the virus. A critical example of services needing support is Wilson’s Tofino Bus and Vancouver Island Connector, which have operated throughout Vancouver Island for years, connecting communities that have no other transportation options.
Critic for Transportation, Infrastructure, & TransLink
MLAs Halford and Cadieux Letter to Premier Horgan on Action needed to stop gatherings at Peace Arch Park
February 10, 2021
On behalf of the Official Opposition, we are writing to express our concern about the increased volume of visitors to Peace Arch Park, which straddles the international border between the U.S. and Canada.
Critic for Mental Health & Addictions
Caucus Chair & Critic for Gender Equity, Accessibility, & Inclusion
Interim Leader Bond’s Letter to Minister Dix on standardizing of visitation policies for long-term care
February 4, 2021
As we enter the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic, the virus continues to spread at a concerning rate and sadly, it is seniors in LTC facilities who continue to disproportionately lose their lives to this deadly disease. Meanwhile, LTC homes across B.C. have been operating their essential visitor policies differently in individual homes and Health Authorities due to an overall lack of policy standardization as highlighted in the Ernst & Young report that was completed in October of 2020 and only recently released by your government.
Interim Leader of the Official Opposition and Critic for Seniors Services & Long Term Care
MLA Lee’s Letter to Minister Fleming on Protecting Transportation Networks
January 29, 2021
As Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, you know well the importance of our transportation networks in B.C., which connect our province and support the efficient movement of goods and people. You are also no doubt aware of the profound impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on these networks, with service disruptions creating an urgent situation in many northern and remote communities that have been left increasingly isolated.
Critic for Transportation, Infrastructure, & TransLink
MLA Lee & Tegart’s Letter to Minister Whiteside on VSB Reduction of Instructional Hours
January 29, 2021
I have heard from many parents of Vancouver secondary students who are deeply concerned about the education their children are receiving at Vancouver schools due to a significant reduction in instructional hours as a result of the pandemic. I share their concerns and ask that you immediately take the steps below to address them.
Critic for Transportation, Infrastructure, & TransLink
Critic for Education
MLA Lee’s Letter to Minister Fleming on BC Motor Coach Coalition Covid-19 Relief
January 25, 2021
We know that the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have been felt in every sector of our economy. From tourism to resource industries, to hospitality and small businesses, the pandemic has changed our usual routines and the way we do business. Connecting and serving these industries are our transportation networks, many of which have been similarly affected by the pandemic, with no clearer example of this than the motor coach industry.
Critic for Transportation, Infrastructure, & TransLink
MLA Halford & Kirkpatrick’s Letter to Minister Malcolmson on Youth Mental Health Supports
January 20, 2021
On behalf of the Official Opposition, we are writing to express our concern about the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of children and youth in British Columbia. Our province’s already stretched and underfunded voluntary youth mental health system is struggling to cope with not only the extra demand resulting from the stresses of COVID-19, but also the extra barriers in place for those in need of access to rapid treatment.
Critic for Mental Health & Addictions
Critic for Children, Family Development, & Childcare
MLA Tegart’s Letter to Minister Whiteside on Upgrades Promised to B.C. Schools
January 18, 2021
On behalf of the Official Opposition, as well as parents, educators, and students, I am writing to request the timely release of more information about your government’s commitment to upgrade air ventilation systems in B.C. schools.
Critic for Education
Interim Leader Bond’s Letter to Premier Horgan on Failure to Use Covid-19 Rapid Tests
January 13, 2021
On behalf of the Official Opposition, I am writing to you out of concern over your government’s failure to use its stockpile of COVID-19 rapid tests to provide an additional level of protection for those living and working at long-term care (LTC) and assisted living facilities.
Interim Leader of the Official Opposition and Critic for Seniors Services & Long Term Care
MLA Tegart & Merrifield’s Letter to Minister Dix on Lack of Transparency in Covid-19 Reporting
January 11, 2021
On behalf of the Official Opposition, we are writing to express our deep concern about the lack of transparency concerning the public reporting of COVID-19 data by your government