Last week the NDP delivered its 2021 provincial budget and, frustratingly to many, it was a complete disappointment filled with old promises made in past years.

This budget had no plan for what British Columbia will look like on the other side of the pandemic, which is rapidly approaching; no optimism in a time when we need it most; and too few services and supports for people and businesses trying to get by.

I was born and raised in Fort St. John, the largest community in the North Peace. I’m very lucky to call it home, and we house several key industries — oil and gas, forestry, agriculture, mining and tourism. These industries provide well-paying, family-supporting jobs and careers to hard- working British Columbians and are an integral part of our northern life. Yet John Horgan and the NDP show indifference towards these industries, which are the lifeblood not only to the residents of Peace River North but to the province as a whole.

This budget in no way addresses declining resource revenues and offers no real job creation incentives. Instead, the NDP are throwing all their job investments into the public sector, which does not encourage small business recovery, private sector growth or investment in British Columbia.

It’s clear by this budget and the NDP have no plan for private-sector jobs, nor a plan for women or youth who have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. This is completely unacceptable. One of the most egregious aspects of this budget is the cuts to education.

As the former Opposition Education Critic, I developed relationships with the school districts, and I’ve seen the trustees, teachers, and administration work within the tight confines of the budget given by the province.

Furthermore, cuts to the Forestry budget, the Energy and Mines Budget and to Health Authorities at a time like this – is mind boggling! The budget was supposed to outline the government’s vision for the province, but instead, it revealed that the NDP have very little vision for B.C.’s economic recovery and offer very little hope for businesses, youth, workers, seniors, and families.