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Horgan presses PM on key issues during Vancouver sit-down

Last Updated Nov 16, 2017 at 5:30 pm PST

BC NDP Leader John Horgan. (Lasia Kretzel, NEWS 1130 Photo)
Summary

John Horgan and Justin Trudeau discussed affordable childcare as well as pipelines in their Vancouver meeting

The opioid crisis and housing were also among topics discussed by BC's premier and the Prime Minister

Premier Horgan has pressed the feds for more money to deal with affordable childcare as well as wildfire costs

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – “Don’t forget about the needs of BC.” That might be the overall message following a lengthy meeting between Premier John Horgan and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

“Specifically today was about, I mean if I had to take one thing away that I was focused on, it was dollars for childcare,” Horgan explains.

But that wasn’t the only topic covered in a meeting he says went on longer than had initially been scheduled.

“Of course I was obliged to raise our concerns around Kinder Morgan. We are in court against the federal government’s proposal to, the NEB proposal to twin the Trans Mountain pipeline,” he tells reporters.

BC’s premier has also discussed the need for the Trudeau government to assist with wildfire relief.

“We also talked about the fire season and how we need the federal government to fulfill the commitments that they made during the summer to ensure that we can reduce the cost to the province.”

When it comes to the challenges facing both leaders, there are some commonalities.

While Metro Vancouver is often considered a focal point for the opioid crisis or the challenge of rapidly rising housing costs, these are very much national issues, as well.

“[Horgan has] been an outstanding partner and ally in our engagement with the United States. Whether it’s on lumber, wine or a broad range of things, he’s been extremely strong,” Trudeau told reporters ahead of their sit down.