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BC Liberals call for immediate budget update

BY , Jun 19, 2020 9:19 PM - REPORT AN ERROR

Wilkinson answers questions from the media following the speech from the throne in the legislative assembly in Victoria, Tuesday, February 13, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

As the economic impacts of COVID-19 increase every day, BC Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson is calling for the NDP to immediatelyprovide a budget update that gives British Columbians an accurate picture of the state of the province’s finances.

“The NDP’s budget from earlier this year isn’t accurate anymore, people deserve the truth about this budget,” said Wilkinson.

“The NDP added $5-billionin extra spending in April to deal with the pandemic. Where did that money go? As we continue to reopen, people need to know where and how their money is being spent by the NDP. We don’t need more surveys, we need more certainty and answers.”

Wilkinson says the NDP government is surely getting weekly, if not daily, financial updates so there’s no reason they can’t tell British Columbianswhere the budget stands and their plan to get our economy back on track.

“People across the province have made massive sacrifices to fight the pandemic and deserve to know exactly how much government revenues have gone downand how much spending has gone up,” said Wilkinson.

“British Columbians shouldn’t have to wait to find out just how hard our economy has been hit by COVID-19, we need to see the numbers now so we can plan accordingly before it’s too late to fully recover.”

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