I am pleased to present the third Office of the Premier Annual Service Plan Report, for the 2003/04 fiscal year.
We have made considerable progress over the past three years. Ninety-five per cent of our New Era commitments are completed or underway. We've provided $1 billion in net tax relief and eliminated 140,000 unnecessary regulations. Health spending has increased by $2 billion, 25,000 new post-secondary spaces are being added, and reforms are underway to revitalize and unleash new growth in every sector of our economy.
As a result, British Columbia is now leading the way in Canada again. We are number one in job creation, housing starts and business confidence. Our economic growth has jumped from last place to fourth in Canada and is forecast to rank second in 2004.
All of this has been achieved while balancing the budget in 2004/05 — on plan and on schedule.
We're going to keep working in the year ahead, to honour our commitments and continue building a future full of promise for us all.
Honourable Gordon Campbell