Sunday, 17 December, 2017

Plenty at stake as 2017 BC election campaign begins

Debra Rodriguez | 19 April, 2017, 01:15

As we near the May 9 provincial election, the Christy Clark Liberals announced today they will cap tolls for commuters on the Port Mann and Golden Ears bridges.

"That is the X-factor for us right now because we have seen so many elections where the improbable becomes not just probable but reality", Valentin said in an interview. "She's on her own, and she should speak the truth". A special prosecutor was appointed days before the campaign to assist the RCMP in its Election Act probe of donations to both major parties.

From the ferry, Clark said whether or not the tolls are in place, there's money to be paid off with the bridges. "They all vote the same", Weaver said, adding that the Liberal platform is "so void of ideas, it's staggering".

"While the BC Liberals have made an important commitment to matching the $2.2 billion in federal funding for Vancouver and Surrey rapid projects included in the 10-year vision", he said in a release, "unfortunately their platform is silent on several other urgent transportation priorities for our region".

He says the claim is a desperate attempt to cut down the NDP. "That's what makes it possible for us to make some of these changes and make some of these investments".

In terms of new spending - over and above what has already been outlined in the government's three year fiscal plan that was tabled with this year's budget - the promises are rather modest: $50 million this year, and $157 million over three years. "We're surrounded by risk - a rising tide of protectionism south of the border, fragile economies around the world and across our country, even right next door".

Minimum wage: The NDP, backed by the B.C. Federation of Labour, is promising a minimum wage of $15 an hour, while the Liberals have been implementing staggered increases that will bring the minimum wage to $11.35 an hour by September.

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

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