While BC Premier Christy Clark is visiting Asia in effort to create new business relations, boost investment in province, advocacy groups are reporting increase in child poverty. Once in the past Christy Clark run on promise to make better future for BC families and children thorough her famous “Family First” agenda, but it seems that agenda either does not works or it is forgotten. According to media reports and to data presented by coalition of advocacy groups British Columbia’s child poverty rate is the highest in Canada, at 18.6 per cent.
Clark today spends most of her time traveling around the world in effort to boost British Columbia business image, naming envoy’s to the same area of the world and paying him hundreds of thousands of dollars for promotion of BC. On the other side highest legislative body in this province does not fulfills its duties for a long time, because Clark and her team are not comfortable to be in toxic environment inside the Legislature. Since she took power over from her predecessor Gordon Campbell Clark did not delivered much as some expected, but also confirmed suspicions of some that will fail in her promises.
Now according to the First Call coalition and based on most recent numbers by Statistics Canada, child poverty rate in BC in 2011, was at almost unbelievable 18.6 per cent. This is increase of 4.3 per cent from 2010. Overall situation could even be worse if rate continued to rise at the same pace as it was between 2010 and 2011, because we’re still not privy to know numbers for this or last year. Same report states that Manitoba follows BC with 17.3 per cent, while Canada’s average is 13.3 per cent. This means that BC could be anywhere between 5 and 7 per cent ahead of Canada’s average which does not gives any credit to Christy Clark’s government during last two years since she’s premier of this province.
These are not the only problems for BC. Over the last two or three years we say significant unemployment, lack of legislative work and production of bills needed to regulate everyday life and help prosperity of BC. We saw permanent campaign, photo-ops, elections, scandals and government involved in actions which will not for sure bring results in some near future.
It looks like Christy Clark needs to start working a job to which she was elected this year and that is to be a premier, to sit in legislature, deliver results and lead a province in delivering goods to citizens. Avoiding to do that could be very very dangerous to many of those who live here, with potential to destroy or at least damage their future in very significant way.