MVA congratulates BC NDP and BC Green Party leaders on historic accord, looks forward to working together on commitments made at the MVA Provincial Election Assembly.

On behalf of our 57 member organizations, representing over 700,000 people across British Columbia, Metro Vancouver Alliance congratulates John Horgan, Andrew Weaver, and the BC NDP and BC Green Party caucuses on the historic agreement they reached this week.

MVA also calls on Christy Clark to convene the Legislature without delay, so that all the parties can begin to work together for the betterment of the province. To that end, we will be asking Liberal Party representatives and MLAs to meet with us to discuss the proposals MVA brought forward at our Provincial Accountability Assembly in April and MVA Leaders will be meeting soon to discuss how to move forward with the commitments made by Mr. Horgan and Mr. Weaver.

These included a commitment to work with MVA and other advocates and organizations to develop and implement a legislated, comprehensive poverty reduction plan for BC; to eliminate the provincial claw-back of the CPP disability benefits; to strengthen the Residential Tenancy Act to tie rent to the unit, instead of to the tenant; to provide funding to increase HandyDART service hours by 5% per year for the next four; to establish a primary health care partnership table, including representatives from Aboriginal and multicultural communities; and to work with the Metro Vancouver Alliance and the BC Association of Community Health Centres to develop an annualized global funding model for Community Health Centres in British Columbia.

Metro Vancouver Alliance looks forward to working with the provincial government, community partners, and advocates to provide research and build popular support for all these initiatives and we hope to meet with the Ministers responsible for the various portfolios soon after they have been appointed.

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