The BC Chamber of Commerce and Hill+Knowlton Strategies invite you to a panel discussion on what to expect from the B.C. Government’s 2021 Budget and upcoming legislative session.
When the legislature reconvenes in March, MLAs will continue to debate how best to protect British Columbians through the pandemic, create jobs and economic opportunities, and position our economy for success in the coming years. Government will further lay out its plans in April, with a Throne Speech and Budget expected to focus on economic recovery, while still moving forward on government promises to invest in people and communities and progress a clean-energy future.
Hear from our panel of experts about issues dominating the political landscape this spring, government strategies to implement its agenda, expectations about how businesses and other key stakeholders will react, and what it all means for British Columbians as they face a second year of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Elizabeth Cull, Senior Associate, Hill+Knowlton Strategies
Elizabeth was a B.C. New Democrat MLA between 1989 -1996. She served as Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance and Corporate Relations as well as Minister of Health between 1991 and 1996. As Minister Finance she tabled three provincial budgets, created the province’s first long-term debt management plan, initiated the restructuring of public sector bargaining to focus on raising the wages of the lowest-paid workers, and increased post-secondary and health care funding.
Bhinder Sajan, Multi-Media Journalist + CTV Vancouver’s Legislative Bureau Chief
Bhinder has been reporting on provincial politics since January 2015 and has covered the extraordinary fall of the Liberal government, the NDP minority government and now the NDP majority government. She’s previously worked for CBC and Omni and was awarded a Jack Webster Foundation Fellowship for up-and-coming journalists in 2012.
Dan Baxter, Interim CEO, BC Chamber of Commerce
Dan is the interim CEO with the BC Chamber of Commerce in addition to his role as the Director of Policy Development, Government and Stakeholder Relations. Prior to joining the BC Chamber seven years ago, Dan spent three years with the federal government including two years in Ottawa. Dan worked for the Honourable Ed Fast, former Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, where he led the Minister’s Asia-Pacific Gateway file.
Moderator: Stephen Smart, General Manager, Western Canada, Hill+Knowlton Strategies
Stephen is a trusted resource for strategic media relations, public affairs, issues management, as well as stakeholder relations advice. He spent 15 years as an award-winning journalist with several of Canada’s top news organizations including CBC News, CKNW Radio, CTV, and Global BC. He also served as Press Secretary to the Premier of British Columbia.