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February 7, 2002

BURNABY People across B.C. expressed their anger at the BC Liberal government today by descending on MLAs offices with a message: Stop tearing apart our communities.

The citizens of B.C. are not going to stop until their voices are heard, said CUPE BC president Barry ONeill. They see a government that is out of control and they are calling for accountability for its anti-community actions.

Cuts to services that people depend on are hurting communities, large and small, said ONeill. CUPE members are joining others in the community to say this is not what we want, this is not what we voted for, dont do it.

People are asking the Campbell Liberals to stop cutting services, restore Pharmacare assistance and bus pass subsidies for seniors, keep child-care resource and referral centres, protect workers rights to reasonable employment conditions, reinstate inner-city school funding and protect access to government services for citizens living outside large urban areas, said ONeill.

Gordon Campbell has cut these services to pay for big tax breaks for corporations and high-income earners, said ONeill. And we are adding our voice to the thousands of British Columbians who participated today we want him to fix it!

Accountability Day was organized by the Peoples Opposition a coalition of individuals and organizations that are concerned about the direction the Liberal government is taking and included protests at MLAs offices in Salmon Arm, Prince Rupert, Cranbrook, Victoria, Duncan, Vernon, Port Moody, Sidney, Abbotsford, Terrace, New Westminster, Powell River, Quesnel and Vancouver.

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Contact: Ron Verzuh, communications representative, 604-785-1422 (cell) or 604-291-1940.