Kevin Falcon Statement on Vancouver-Quilchena Byelection Win

For Immediate Release:

April 30, 2022

VANCOUVER, B.C. – Today, Kevin Falcon was decisively elected as the MLA for Vancouver-Quilchena.

“I want to thank the people of Vancouver-Quilchena for placing their trust in me,” said Falcon. “Today, voters sent a clear message to the NDP that they want to see results – not just rhetoric. Tonight we’ve witnessed a repudiation of the NDP’s negative attacks and are taking the first step towards restoring leadership and competence back to the province of British Columbia.”

Since the NDP formed government five years ago, British Columbia has become the most expensive place to live in Canada. Housing prices are the highest they have ever been, rent is the highest in the country, and gas prices are the highest in North America.

“It’s clear the NDP have failed on their promise to deliver affordability for British Columbians,” said Falcon. After half a decade of rising costs under the unaffordable NDP, it’s time for change to deliver real solutions to the affordability crisis.”

Falcon also expressed concern over the state of healthcare in the province, and renewed his call to the Premier for action.

“Our province’s opioid and mental health crisis is now worse than ever before. The NDP has had five years to address this crisis. If John Horgan’s government won’t take the necessary steps to end this crisis, then it’s time for them to get out of the way.”

The death toll from opioids rose by 26% last year, making 2021 the deadliest year on record. This is compounded by a family doctor shortage that is spiraling out of control, with one in five British Columbians now unable to find a family doctor. Walk-in clinics are also overwhelmed, with the average wait time to see a doctor now 58 minutes, the highest in Canada.

“Ten years ago, I left politics for my two young girls. I’m returning now for them, and for their entire generation. It’s time to restore confidence in government and take on the serious issues plaguing our province.”

“In the months ahead, I look forward to nominating a team of diverse, accomplished, and compassionate candidates from all walks of life with a positive vision for the future of our province to get big things done once again here in British Columbia.”



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