$30 million hit to taxpayers just the latest consequence of B.C. Liberal economic bungling

June 4, 2014 | Reality Checks

A settlement finalized this week between the B.C. Liberal government and Boss Power will hit taxpayers with a $30 million bill, serving as a stark reminder of how costly Liberal economic mismanagement has been for taxpayers.

The B.C. Liberal government agreed to give Boss Power a $30 million award for interfering inappropriately with a mining application, despite a court-appointed industry expert determining that a more fair evaluation would be $8.7 million. If the Liberals hadn’t botched the application in the first place, there wouldn’t even need to be a settlement.

Things you won’t hear in Christy Clark’s speech to her party faithful

May 24, 2014 | Reality Checks

KELOWNA - While Premier Clark will certainly drop some of her signature slogans and campaign rhetoric throughout her speech to party faithful today, chances are high she will avoid addressing a number of issues important to British Columbians:

Making life more affordable

· In the last year, Premier Clark delivered a massive 28 percent hydro hike to B.C. families and businesses, and implemented even more increases to ferry fares, medical service premiums and ICBC basic insurance rates.

Premier Christy Clark Year In Review: Promises Made, Promises Broken

May 23, 2014 | Reality Checks

Premier Christy Clark has broken a lot of promises.

Here is a look at just a few of her promises to B.C. families and businesses since becoming premier, and how she’s fared on those promises over the last year:

AFFORDABILITY

Promise made:
"I think British Columbians don't want to see those huge [hydro] rate increases, they want to know we are working hard to try and reduce total costs for everybody."- Christy Clark, Globe and Mail, May 24, 2012

Reality Check: Liberals misleading public about $200 million system crash

May 7, 2014 | Reality Checks

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May 07, 2014

VICTORIA — The $200 million Integrated Case Management system has been experiencing critical failures for a week, putting children at risk, and throwing families living in poverty into chaos.

Instead of being honest with the public about what is going on and outlining their plan to fix the problems, the B.C. Liberals can't even keep their story straight on what's wrong and when it will be fixed.

Reality Check: Christy Clark’s real record on education

February 14, 2014 | Reality Checks

While defending herself in the media after New Democrats pressed for answers this week about the BC Liberal government using children as pawns for their political advantage, Premier Christy Clark said she wants British Columbians to judge her based on her record on education. Here's what the premier said to media Thursday:

"I would ask that people judge us, judge me, based on our record, based on what we actually did,"- Christy Clark, Vancouver Sun, Feb. 13, 2014

So what did Christy Clark actually do?

Christy Clark must explain role in provoking school strikes

February 3, 2014 | Reality Checks

VICTORIA— Christy Clark must release documents detailing the role she played in provoking strikes at B.C. schools, say B.C.'s New Democrats.

“The B.C. Liberal government was caught trying to provoke a full-scale strike in B.C. schools,” said New Democrat leader Adrian Dix. “Premier Clark needs to release the documents that show the government's meddling and apologize to the public for her plan to throw children, their families and our school system into chaos for political gain.”

Reality Check: Remembering the BC Liberal Record: Abbotsford and Surrey Reject the HST

May 11, 2013 | Reality Checks

Today, the “Fact-Free BC” Liberal campaign rolls through Abbotsford and Surrey.

In the last election, the BC Liberals told voters in Abbotsford and Surrey they wouldn’t bring in the HST. After the election, they brought in the HST.

So how did voters in Abbotsford and Surrey respond?

Let’s review how they voted in the referendum on the BC Liberals’ signature accomplishment since the last election – the HST.

Reality Check: BC Liberals "lost-jobs-o-meter" spins out of control to 45,600

May 11, 2013 | Reality Checks

British Columbians are paying the price for the Premier's failed jobs plan.

Statistics Canada reported yesterday that BC lost 10,800 more private sector jobs last month, bringing total private sector job losses since the Premier first introduced her failed jobs plan to 45,600.

Despite a $17 million ad campaign touting the Premier's jobs plan, the plan has delivered the worst performance on private sector jobs in Canada.

Today, the BC NDP launched the lost-jobs-o-meter, tallying the failed record of the BC Liberals on jobs.