Part of the plan to arrest dwindling BC Liberal support is to announce and re-announce program changes and capital projects, large and small. There is a flurry of proclamations happening now for health care and other projects.
Friday, Christy Clark will be in Victoria presiding over introduction of new green technology for maintenance of the grounds of the BC Legislative Assembly.
“B.C.’s clean technology industry represents world-leading innovations and solutions for industries around the globe,” Premier Clark said. “For British Columbia that means long-term, high-paying jobs in a sector that continues to grow year over year.”
Today, Pravda’s ‘Top Story’ is Premier Photo-Op announcing that
“…the redevelopment of St. Paul’s Hospital is moving ahead with finalizing the concept plan…It is expected the final concept plan and a more detailed business plan will be complete by 2014.”
Redevelopment of St. Paul’s was also announced by the BC Liberals a decade ago. The concept plan then was to involve expansion and rebuilding of St. Paul’s Hospital where it stands. In 2003, the province changed direction and paid for a concept plan that abandoned the existing hospital in favour of a new P3 structure on Station Street. A firm decision was expected by fall of 2004.
By early 2009, a team was continuing to argue, debate, plan and re-plan but the hospital project was still unclear. In October 2010, health officials announced plans for revitalization of the existing hospital, saying it could be complete by 2016. St. Paul’s VP Neil MacConnell said he hoped a business plan would be in place by 2011.
Today, Christy Clark says work will begin immediately on a concept plan to redevelop St. Paul’s and a business plan will be ready by 2014.
Tuesday, the Health Minister announced “formal start of work on the redevelopment of Royal Columbian Hospital” and announced “immediate actions for improvements in all Fraser Health hospitals.”
Last week, they announced a Request for Qualifications for a new North Island Hospital serving Comox region and Campbell River. A week before that, Liberals announced funding over three years for 190 nursing positions.
What’s next, I wonder. Perhaps Blair Lekstrom will announce that BC Ferries plans to purchase new tie-up ropes for the Queen of Oak Bay.