B.C. party leaders slamming opponents' spending promises on campaign trail

Apr 15, 2017, 05:35
B.C. party leaders slamming opponents' spending promises on campaign trail

- Clark criticized the NDP's announced rental subsidy plan, saying it could line the pockets of wealthy tenants who may live in penthouses in downtown Vancouver.

"It's affordable. It makes sense".

Eliminating tolls on the Port Mann and Golden Ears bridges in the Lower Mainland would be financed by draining what Horgan calls the BC Liberals' "LNG fantasy fund", established in last year's budget. Trying to meet that commitment she took $500-million from Medical Services Premium rates and put it into a phony fund. NDP leader John Horgan and Green Party leader Andrew Weaver also had public events in Vancouver to start the first day of the formal campaign.

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

- Horgan says he's already having meetings about how to distribute legal marijuana, including talks with liquor outlets, craft brewers, pharmacies and dispensaries.

Horgan says an NDP government will spend $7-billion on capital projects like roads and schools over five years and that will be added to the provincial debt.

That spending would spur economic growth and pose no threat to the province's triple-A credit rating, Horgan said. The BC NDP document doesn't add up, which will lead to deficits, downgrades, and massive tax hikes on middle class families.

In a statement, Liberal candidate Mike de Jong says there's no way for the NDP to balance the budget, which he describes as reckless.

De Jong called the New Democrats' plan "misleading in the extreme" and said British Columbia would no longer be Canada's leading economy. "I think our plan is focused on people, and we're going to be laying out our fully costed platform tomorrow". "It's nearly platform by camouflage".

Horgan released the NDP's election platform Thursday.

It may be a statutory holiday, but that's not stopping the leaders of B.C.'s three major parties from campaigning.

"Certainly it's hard for one to be working for our government and then also supporting candidates who would be opposed to the successful construction of the Kinder Morgan pipeline".

- The B.C. Liberals support the pipeline, while the NDP and Greens oppose it.

A new Pattullo Bridge is one of the projects proposed by the mayors, and it would be tolled.

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