Horgan in Bulkley Valley Friday

NDP leader John Horgan is parking his RV in Hazelton and Smithers Friday as part of a northern B.C. tour.

  • Aug. 18, 2016 5:00 p.m.
John Horgan is in Smithers and Hazelton this Friday as part of his northern B.C. tour this week.

John Horgan is in Smithers and Hazelton this Friday as part of his northern B.C. tour this week.

B.C.’s NDP leader John Horgan is joining the summer weekend convoy of RVs on Highway 16 by rolling into Hazelton and Smithers this Friday as part of his tour of northern B.C.

“This week, I’m joining the thousands of British Columbians who are hitting the road to see more of our beautiful province this summer. I’ll be getting in an RV and driving from Prince Rupert to Prince George, spending the nights in campgrounds,” said Horgan in a press release.

“Along the way, I’ll be meeting with British Columbians. I want to hear about what matters to them, and about what changes they want to see in their province.”

In the release, Horgan said he prefers to travel B.C. by road whenever he can because he enjoys meeting and talking with people along the way, taking a shot at Premier Christy Clark’s preference for planes during government business:

“The people I meet in this province tell me that Christy Clark just doesn’t get it. While they struggle with affordability, the B.C. Liberals just keep hiking fees and taxes, and cutting the public services they depend on. Families are paying more, they’re getting less, and they say the premier isn’t listening.”

Horgan will visit Prince Rupert, Terrace, Hazelton, Smithers, Burns Lake, Vanderhoof and Prince George, and plans to meet with local governments, business owners, community leaders and others. He will also be meeting with members of the Lax ‘Kw’aalams and Gitanmaax First Nations.

“I look forward to visiting with First Nations on this trip and talking more about the priorities we share, and what we can do together to build a better future in this province,” said Horgan in the release.

He will also enjoy visits to ‘Ksan Historic Village and Dawamuukw Smoke House, take in the Nechako Valley Exhibition, camp in Prudhomme Lake and Tyhee Lake provincial parks, and throw the first pitch at the World Baseball Championship in Prince George.

“We live in a beautiful province, and as a New Democrat, I believe everyone should have the opportunity to thrive and to enjoy life in British Columbia. But every year, the B.C. Liberals make it harder to afford to live here, and harder to access services like health care and education that we all depend on,” said Horgan.

“That’s what this tour is all about – talking to the people who live in this province about how we can build a better B.C. that works for everyone.”