B.C. party leaders take election campaign to annual Sikh celebration

Trevor Jackson
April 16, 2017

All of the measures to make life more affordable for British Columbians add up to some serious cash: the party is pledging $717 million in new spending for the current fiscal year. It promises to pay for the new spending by raising large corporate income tax by one per cent, imposing an "empty housing speculation tax" and reinstating a two-per cent income tax increase on high-income earners removed by the BC Liberal government in 2015.

In announcing the changes, BC Liberal Leader Christy Clark said they were created to make the Vancouver region more attractive to tech-sector professionals.

Clark said the NDP's "scheme" to use a $500 million fund generated from liquefied natural gas revenues to eliminate tolls on two major bridges will harm future generations.

"There's no tolls in Kelowna, there's no tolls on the Sea to Sky Highway, why should there be tolls on people who live south of the Fraser?" There are no tolls on the Sea-to-Sky Highway.

"I am so thankful to be surrounded by just the best volunteers in the province, people who care about their community".

THE Liberals said on Thursday that after 1,075 days as head of the Opposition, John Horgan finally released a "platform" document containing a multi-billion-dollar crater for BC's economy.

"I think a foreign-uyer tax in the era of [U.S. President Donald] Trump is particularly undesirable", said real estate economist Tom Davidoff of UBC's Sauder School of Business.

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Horgan said that as premier he would introduce an annual $400 renter's rebate if his party wins the provincial election on May 9.

- The Liberals' Mike de Jong, who serves as finance minister in Clark's cabinet, says the NDP's platform proposals would cost at least $4 billion a year and lead to a credit downgrade.

British Columbia New Democrat leader says it's high time government offered a helping hand to renters in the province.

"Here we've got hallway medicine emerging", said Horgan, citing the story of a senior who laid on a bed in the Eagle Ridge Hospital hallway for 36 hours. "It's nearly platform by camouflage".

"We shouldn't be redistributing our tax money to the very rich." said Clark.

Also on Thursday, Alberta's NDP premier, Rachel Notley, said she told government workers thinking about going to B.C.to campaign for the New Democrats that they should stay home.

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