Tempers flare over funding cuts for disabled
Tempers flared in the B.C. legislature Wednesday over NDP claims the Liberal government is cutting funding for the disabled.
During an exchange in Question Period, New Democrat Shane Simpson attacked Housing and Social Development Minister Rich Coleman on funding for programs that provide equipment like wheelchairs and hearing aids for disabled people trying to get a job.
He said the government promised community groups $4 million for the programs but six months later the Liberals went back on that pledge without any consultation.
Simpson accused Coleman of turning his back on vulnerable people that he claims to care about.
That brought an angry response from Coleman, who says he's worked personally with the disabled and he was offended by Simpson's claim he doesn't care.
Coleman says instead of providing bulk funding to agencies that help the disabled, the government will provide whatever money is needed based on the demand for services, adding that's how the program should be run.