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Delta MLAs clash over B.C. museum plan

Kahlon fires back at Paton’s comment about the Royal BC Museum rebuild
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Delta North NDP MLA Ravi Kahlon (left) and Delta South Liberal MLA Ian Paton.

Delta South MLA Ian Paton wonders what Delta North MLA Ravi Kahlon has to say about Premier John Horgan’s “museum vanity project.”

“If this $1 billion museum upgrade is so badly needed, Mr. Kahlon needs to explain the rationale to his constituents before he leaves on his 10-day taxpayer-paid junket to Europe tomorrow,” said Paton in a late Friday morning news release from the B.C. Liberal Caucus.

“At a time when nearly a million people don’t have a family doctor, and with word this week that another practice is closing in South Delta; as the cost of housing, groceries, fuel and more continue to rise and more and more people continue to struggle, why is a vanity museum project being prioritized over relief for British Columbians?”

Horgan has been under fire since his New Democrat government’s announcement last week of a $789 million plan to rebuild the Royal BC Museum in Victoria.

The opposition Liberals were quick to slam the plan with new leader Kevin Flacon saying that if elected premier he would halt it.

Khalon in response to Paton’s comment noted, “Coming out of the pandemic we know that our local tourism industries have been hit hard and are counting on government to make critical tourism infrastructure investments to ensure we attract people from all over the world to every corner of British Columbia.”

He added, “After nearly two decades of neglect by the BC Liberals, we are supporting the redevelopment of the Royal BC Museum alongside record investments in infrastructure such as schools and hospitals.”

Horgan last week said the museum needs to be made modern, seismically safe, inclusive and accessible.