Getting an education

Earlier, we reported provincial New Democrat leader Carole James said she will improve British Columbia's economy by improving its education system. That's why she told convention delegates she'll be putting education at the top of her agenda in a speech that only made passing reference to environmental issues. Speaking with reporters after that speech, Ms. James:

* promised British Columbians will "see a greater emphasis on the economy than they have done previously." But she stressed, "You can't address the economic issues we face unless you address education. That's where the opportunity is;"

* rejected a suggestion she was abandoning climate change as an issue by not mentioning it in her speech. "In fact, if you look at all of the economic section of that speech it talked about a sustainable economy, it talked about new green jobs, it talked about the green capital. To me, it's not a separate issue," she said.

* stated, "It's old politics to talk about the division. It's new politics and today's politics to talk about bringing people together." This, when asked about an earlier statement by British Columbia Federation of Labour president Jim Sinclair criticizing those who would "say we should be closer" to the Fraser Institute's supporters; and

* said she'll "put a plan together to address" child poverty. When asked when that plan would be made public, Ms. James stated, "We've got three-and-a-half years until the next election. But you'll start seeing items come out over the next year or so;"

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