Today, the “Fact-Free-BC” Liberal campaign rolled into Fort Nelson claiming to stand up for the north. Let’s look at the BC Liberal record when it comes to standing up for northern BC.
BC LIBERAL RECORD: In the last election, the BC Liberals said they wouldn’t bring in the HST. After the election, they brought in the HST.
So how did BC voters in northern BC respond? Let’s review how they voted in the referendum on the BC Liberals’ signature accomplishment since the last election – the HST.
SIDNEY – At a community park today, NDP leader Adrian Dix said change for the better means a reduction of childcare costs by up to $2,000 per year for each child in licensed infant and toddler daycare.
“More of the same from the BC Liberals means making life less affordable and ignoring the most pressing needs of parents of young children,” said Dix. “More of the same means doing nothing to expand childcare options, while parents struggle to find licensed care.”
Monday morning started in Surrey for the BC NDP team, where Adrian emphasized that change for the better means providing more teaching resources for students with special needs. At this announcement, Adrian reiterated the BC NDP’s commitment to invest in improving classroom conditions for students.
From Surrey, it was off to Langley for a stopover at the local campaign office with Langley candidate Andrew Mercier, and Fort Langley Aldergrove candidate Shane Dyson.
Chilliwack BC Liberal candidate John Martin remembers the BC Liberal record well.
THE BC LIBERAL RECORD on breaking trust with the HST and the BC Rail scandal.
“The Liberal government has failed the people of British Columbia and has squandered trust with the public on issues such as paying $6 million in legal fees for two convicted criminals (Basi and Virk) and the introduction of the HST shortly after the last election when they said it was not on the table” (BC Liberal Chilliwack Candidate John Martin. Georgia Straight, April 19, 2012)
Surrey – BC NDP leader Adrian Dix said change for the better in BC schools means improving classroom conditions by providing more teaching resources for students with special needs.
“More of the same from the BC Liberals means overcrowded classrooms and woefully inadequate resources for special needs students,” said Dix. “More of the same means 25 per cent of Grade 4 to 7 classrooms have four or more designated special needs students.
“More of the same leaves teachers with less time for every child in BC classrooms. As a result, every child’s education suffers.”
The BC Liberal’s “Fact Free-BC” Campaign today claimed that by handing over decision making authority on pipelines to the federal government they are standing up for BC.
CLARK’S “FACT FREE” CLAIM: “When the people of British Columbia need someone who is going to stand up at the table for them nationally, I’m going to do it…” (Globe and Mail, May 6, 2013).
Really? That’s not what the record says.
This morning, Adrian Dix flew into the Interior and started the day with a quick stop at the Hot Shots Café in Cranbrook, before heading to Elko for a tour of the Canfor Elko mill.
Following the tour, Adrian reiterated the BC NDP’s commitment to saying yes to jobs in BC’s forest sector, including a focus on improving skills training in forestry. He further emphasized the BC NDP’s commitment to improving forest health, working to reduce raw log exports, updating BC’s forest inventory and working to support industry led efforts to expand global markets.
The BC Liberal “Fact-Free BC” campaign today is promising that if they’re elected they’ll make parents wait until 2024 before receiving any help with the high costs of education.
FACT: The BC Liberal plan is a one-time $1,200 RESP grant that would be paid out to qualifying families starting in 2024.
FACT: The BC NDP plan helps students and children now, and doesn’t force parents to wait until 2024.
Vancouver-Fraserview BC Liberal Candidate Suzanne Anton continued with the BC Liberal Fact-Free Campaign today, this time making the claim the BC NDP would waste money.
FACT: The BC Liberals wasted millions in taxpayers’ dollars on losing court battles and penalties after they illegally tore up freely-bargained contracts with teachers and health care workers.
FACT: The BC Liberals have a long record of wasting taxpayers’ money.
FOR THE RECORD: Let’s review a top ten list of Liberal waste.
1. Vancouver Convention Centre: $341 million over budget
With just days to go until election day, Christy Clark continues to duck debates in her home riding of Vancouver-Point Grey and deny voters the chance to pose her tough questions about key riding issues.
Since Ms. Clark is in Vancouver-Point Grey today, maybe she can answer some of the questions