Today, BC Liberals attacked the BC NDP’s fiscal plan and its modest, prudent measures that will pay for the change British Columbians are looking for.
“Today’s BC Liberals are committed to... balancing the budget and growing the economy” (BC Liberal Press Release, Wednesday, April 17, 2013)
But when we look at the Christy Clark’s record:
She’s not ”committed to balancing the budget”; she ran three straight deficits, including $790 million this year.
Parksville – Barry Avis, BC NDP candidate from Parksville-Qualicum said he supports the announcement that a BC NDP government will freeze fares on BC Ferries while an audit is carried out to look for savings in the ferries corporation.
Under the proposed freeze, a four per cent ferry fare increase planned for April 1, 2014 would not go ahead. Instead, the current ferry fares would remain in place until March 31, 2015.
The BC Liberals have promised British Columbians that they would subject “any new revenue sources” to a referendum on TransLink funding in Metro Vancouver and claim to be “working together” with the Metro Vancouver Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation. (2013 BC Liberal Platform, page 18)
Mayors in Metro Vancouver, including a current BC Liberal candidate, have weighed in:
Tonight, Christy Clark told CTV News she works hard in the BC Legislature.
“We just had a long session of the Legislature”(CTV News at Six, April 16, 2013).
Long session of the Legislature? Really?
FACT: Christy Clark and the BC Liberals have been on the job at the BC Legislature for 19 out of the last 321 days.
Adrian Dix and the BC NDP are ready to lead a thoughtful, stable and competent new government. The BC Liberals? They don’t even show up for work.
Today, Christy Clark launched her campaign by inviting British Columbians to “compare what I said I would do with what we achieved.” Let’s do that.
What Christy Clark said she would do about jobs:
“Defend[ing] and create[ing] jobs for British Columbians.” (BC Government News Release, September 22, 2011).
What Christy Clark achieved on jobs:
Today, the BC Liberals promised British Columbians that they would create jobs.
“Creating jobs is the best thing we can do to protect and secure a brighter future for B.C. families” (2013 BC Liberal platform, page 2).
But wait a minute. Didn’t they make a promise to create jobs in the BC Jobs Plan announced two years ago?
“British Columbia's jobs plan will …defend[ing] and create[ing] jobs for British Columbians Premier Christy Clark said.” (BC Government News Release, September 22, 2011).
Today, the BC Liberals promised British Columbians that they would cut small business taxes from the current rate of 2.5% to 1.5% in four years’ time.
But wait a minute. Didn’t they make a promise on small business taxes in the last campaign?
“We will reduce the small business income tax to the lowest rate in Canada by April 1, 2012.” (2009 Liberal election platform, page 11)
Today, BC Liberal Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Mary Polak attacked Adrian Dix and the NDP for proposing a ban on donations to political parties from corporations and unions.
“[Polak said] the NDP were very vague on whether they would continue to accept union donations for four years or actually stop taking these donations” (BC Liberals news release, April 14, 2013).