NDP leader John Horgan and finance spokesperson Carole James meet with Lisa Hilton and her three sons Jesse

NDP leader John Horgan and finance spokesperson Carole James meet with Lisa Hilton and her three sons Jesse

B.C. families feeling the crunch: Horgan

Many young families are wondering if their children will be able to afford post-secondary education in the future.

Many young families are wondering if their children will be able to afford post-secondary education in the future, said Lisa Hilton as she met with NDP leader John Horgan in Williams Lake this week.

“We are able to put aside a bit of money for the boys’ future because my husband’s a dental therapist, but for many people we know, that’s not an option,” Hilton said. “Many of our friends are just barely making it.”

Horgan and NDP finance spokesperson Carole James were in the lakecity for two days this week, on a mission to hear from families.

They hosted a public meeting at the Central Cariboo Arts Centre on Monday that drew around 30 people where residents raised concerns about a lack of services for mental health, seniors and those on disability pensions just to name a few.

On Tuesday the two met with Hilton and her three small sons at a local coffee shop.

Horgan said tuition fees have doubled and B.C. has the highest rate of interest on student loans.

“Our government borrows the money at one per cent and turns around and charges students three and a half percent interest,” James said.

Last month the provincial government passed a bill that will see people who are delinquent on student loans unable to renew a driver’s licence, Horgan added.

On top of rising student costs, MSP premiums, camping fees, and hydro fees have also increased.

“At our public meeting last night we heard that some seniors are worried they won’t be able to afford utilities,” Horgan said.

Horgan and James described Hilton’s demographic as the Sandwhich Generation, meaning they are concerned about their aging parents and their children’s futures.

Hilton doesn’t have ties to the party and Horgan said he and James have been visiting non-incumbent ridings not to make mischief, but to gather information so they can tell the stories of families.

“We heard last night that people feel they either voted for us the whiners or the Liberals who are the cheerleaders,” he said.

James said people don’t expect government to solve all their problems, but they don’t expect government to make things tougher.

At Monday evening’s meeting, Horgan said his party learned a lot from their last campaign loss and are gearing up for a fight to win the next election.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

School District 27 (SD27) issued notice Thursday, Feb. 25 of a COVID-19 exposure at Mountview Elementary School. (Angie Mindus photo)
School district reports positive COVID-19 case in Williams Lake elementary school

A letter went home to families of Mountview Elementary School

The City of Williams Lake is asking for public feedback on whether it should explore the opportunity to host a Greater Metro Hockey League team in Williams Lake. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
City of Williams Lake seeks feedback on hosting junior hockey league team

A league expansion application in Quesnel is also pending

A rainbow shining on Kelowna General Hospital on May 12, 2020 International Nurses Day. (Steve Wensley - Prime Light Media)
New COVID cases trending down in Interior Health

24 new cases reported Thursday, Feb. 25, death at Kelowna General Hospital

LADDER USED IN FIRE FIGHT: While smoke billows out of the second floor of the Maple Leaf Hotel, members of the Williams Lake Volunteer Fire Department fight to contain the blaze. The department was called out Tuesday morning to battle the blaze that wreaked havoc on the interior of the 57-year-old hotel. One man, Harold Hurst of Riske Creek, died in the fire. (Ernest Engemoen photo - Williams Lake Tribune, April 12, 1977)
FROM OUR ARCHIVES: Ladder used in fire fight

The department was called out Tuesday morning to battle the blaze

Provincial funding in the amount of $300,000 has been announced for the Cariboo Regional District’s plans to improve the Anahim Lake Airport runway. (CRD photo)
$300,000 provincial funding to fuel Anahim Lake Airport runway upgrade

The recovery grant is one of 38 announced to support jobs in rural communities

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C.’s COVID-19 situation at the B.C. legislature. (B.C. government)
B.C. reports 10 additional deaths, 395 new COVID-19 cases

The majority of new coronavirus infections were in the Fraser Health region

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

A new survey has found that virtual visits are British Columbian’s preferred way to see the doctor amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Unsplash)
Majority of British Columbians now prefer routine virtual doctor’s visits: study

More than 82% feel virtual health options reduce wait times, 64% think they lead to better health

Captain and Maria, a pair of big and affectionate akbash dogs, must be adopted together because they are so closely bonded. (SPCA image)
Shuswap SPCA seeks forever home for inseparable Akbash dogs

A fundraiser to help medical expenses for Captain and Maria earned over 10 times its goal

The missing camper heard a GSAR helicopter, and ran from his tree well waving his arms. File photo
Man trapped on Manning mountain did nearly everything right to survive: SAR

The winter experienced camper was overwhelmed by snow conditions

Cory Mills, Eric Blackmore and A.J. Jensen, all 20, drown in the Sooke River in February 2020. (Contributed photos)
Coroner confirms ‘puddle jumping’ in 2020 drowning deaths of 3 B.C. men

Cory Mills, Eric Blackmore and A.J. Jensen pulled into raging river driving through nearby flooding

Castlegar doctor Megan Taylor contracted COVID-19 in November. This photo was taken before the pandemic. Photo: Submitted
Kootenay doctor shares experience contracting COVID-19

Castlegar doctor shares her COVID experience

Ashley Paxman, 29, is in the ICU after being struck by a vehicle along Highway 97 Feb. 18, 2021. She remains in critical condition. (GoFundMe)
Okanagan woman in ICU with broken bones in face after being struck by car

She remains in serious condition following Feb. 18 incident

Vancouver International Women in Film Festival kicks off March 5.
Women in Film Festival features two B.C. filmmakers

The 16th annual festival kicks off March 5, 2021

Most Read