Though bill 9 takes some important steps in improving worker safety and addressing some grave concerns raised by the Macatee report, we can’t ignore the track record of this BC Liberal government. As part of the B.C. Liberal government’s deregulation exercise, WorkSafe B.C. was asked to cut health and safety regulations by a third. WorkSafe B.C. exists to keep workers safe and for no other reason. Under the B.C. Liberals, WorkSafe B.C. made major cuts to its staff and to services. In 2002 alone the budget of WorkSafe B.C. was reduced by 12 percent, a move that resulted in office closures and a 30 percent reduction in site visits by prevention officers.