Published: Mon, April 17, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

British Columbia New Democrats promise balanced budget, higher corporate tax

British Columbia New Democrats promise balanced budget, higher corporate tax

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.

"Instead of attacking the mayors the way the premier has, (Horgan) says as premier he would work closely with the mayors in order to develop a plan for the long term that reduces congestion", Darcy said.

The BC NDP leader pledged to help renters in B.C. with a $400 rebate to offset forever rising rental prices in numerous province's cities.

The platform also includes plans for $10-a-day childcare and an annual $400 rebate for renters.

Draining $500 million from what the NDP call Premier Christy Clark's liquefied natural gas "fantasy fund" will be used to eliminate tolls on two of the Lower Mainland's busiest bridges over three years.

Roy, chief executive of the BC Non-Profit Housing Association, said the grant would make a difference for people who have seen their rent go up.

When challenged on how the NDP would pay for any expansion at the Delta-Richmond crossing, Horgan said it would be paid for like any other capital project.

That spending would spur economic growth and pose no threat to the province's triple-A credit rating, Horgan said.

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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.

"The BC NDP's fiscal plan is responsible, feasible, and prudent", said Dr. Rob Gillezeau, Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Victoria.

"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.

Horgan said the platform is based on financial figures in the government's 2017-18 budget.

Taking questions at Government House, Clark said her party's platform is the only one that is costed and won't require tax increases.

"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 previously unveiled their 2017 election platform and now the B.C. New Democratic Party has done the same. With files from Camille Bains in Vancouver.

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