[ABBOTSFORD] – Last week’s Speech from the Throne is a unique moment in history – not only for British Columbia, but also for Abbotsford and Mission according to local MLAs.

It reflects both the priorities British Columbians articulated in the recent election, and the ability to invest in programs and services that British Columbians depend on like never before, thanks to 16 years of sound fiscal management and building Canada’s leading economy. It also presents an opportunity to bridge the gap between rural and urban British Columbia and recognize that one region cannot succeed without the other as we build a stronger province.

“Our priority remains working diligently to create jobs and economic growth in the province,” said Abbotsford West MLA and Finance minister Michael de Jong. “This includes sound fiscal management to ensure the strong vibrant future we envision for our province.”

“This is a plan that strikes the right balance between economic, social and environmental priorities,” said Abbotsford South MLA Darryl Plecas. “We want to build on the strength of the province to benefit both the current generation and future generations to come.”

“The Throne Speech lays out a long term vision for the province,” said Abbotsford-Mission MLA Simon Gibson. “It encompasses the priorities that British Columbians see as the right path to follow.”

Delivered in the legislature by Lieutenant-Governor Judith Guichon, the speech will be debated before members vote in what is expected to be a test of confidence of the recently re-elected government.

The Speech from the Throne outlines a bold vision, one that reflects the priorities British Columbians articulated in May: a balance between economic growth and job creation, investments in social programs, and environmental action. It outlines initiatives that will make a positive difference for British Columbia families.