BC Liberals outline platform promises just ahead of provincial election

Posted April 12, 2017

- Linda Kayfish, the sister of a health researcher who was sacked by the province in 2012 and later killed himself, accused Clark at a news conference of being "callous and cynical" in her government's response to a recent report by British Columbia's Office of the Ombudsperson about the firings.

Ipsos Senior VP Kyle Braid says, just like last time, that lead is driven by younger voters.

Premier Christy Clark unveiled the platform in Vancouver, committing the party to continue balanced budgets for four more years and hold the line on personal income taxes.

The Liberals submitted documents to the commissioner that alleged the NDP had agreements to share its supporter list with Strategic Communications, the municipal political parties, Vision Vancouver, Coalition of Progressive Electors and the Surrey Civic Coalition, and NDP officials in Saanich.

Clark said the biggest commitments were already included in the budget the government tabled in February, including $1 billion to cut MSP premiums in half for households earning up to $120,000 a year.

With less than a month to go before May's provincial election, bridge tolls have quickly become a hot topic, with both the B.C. Liberals and the B.C. NDP making promises to either ease tolls or eliminate them altogether. "We want to make sure life stays affordable for people". The Opposition would replace our tax cuts with tax hikes.

Although support is up, almost half of Green Party supporters say they might change their minds about which party to give their votes. "People are ready for change and I just encourage them to look at our candidates".

The B.C. NDP have been on the road in a campaign bus for more than a week.

The B.C. Greens have been campaigning too, including announcing a multi-part climate change plan and free child care for children under the age of three who have working parents. The NDP is pointing to years of turmoil, while the Liberals say they have brought stability to classrooms.

Since the 2013 election, a few mass struggles have forced the government to pull back for tactical reasons, and the NDP caucus in Victoria has raised some important criticisms about the anti-people and environmentally destructive policies of the Clark Liberals.

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.

On the CBC's The Early Edition Tuesday, Horgan said the costs would be spread across the province.