The provincial election may not be for another nine months, but in this embryonic stage of the campaign the parties are setting up the issues on which they hope to ride into power.
Housing is the no-brainer topic, but for the sitting government there’s another that needs to be put to bed, and soon.
The BC Liberal government is expected to release its updated climate plan tomorrow and it’s said to include a ramping-up of the carbon tax.
Parties tend to avoid campaigning on higher taxes if they can help it, but the Innovative Research Group’s Greg Lyle says the government needs to get its carbon tax plans behind them.
“I think one of the reasons why we’re seeing a climate action plan being rolled out nine months before the end of the election is because of what we call a “clear the decks” strategy.”
The Innovative Research Group’s poll numbers released today show housing is the top issue for respondents at seventeen per cent, but the environment is second at 8 per cent.
“Get the messy things off the agenda well before the election [then] focus the agenda and the lead up to the election on the issues you want to bite on .”