We might be six months away from a formal election call but the race is well underway with the B.C. Liberals launching their first campaign ad.
The key message: Job creation, with hints at other key campaign themes.
“We’ve got to control government spending. We’ve got to keep taxes down, so people have more money in their pockets.”
That’s the sound of the starting gun. The B.C. Liberals launching their unofficial election campaign with a first ad.
Centre stage? Curbing government spending, lowering taxes, and of course, jobs. A theme NDP Leader John Horgan questions.
“The Liberals promised 100-thousand jobs in liquefied natural gas in the last election, they promised that B.C. would be debt free. The debt has been going up year over year, there are no jobs in liquefied natural gas.”
Horgan says if the Liberals are trying to keep cash in British Columbians’ hands, they’ve missed the target.
“But I guess that ignores increasing hydro rates by 74%, or ICBC rates going up, tuition fees going up, medical services premiums going up, you name it the Liberals have raised it except for taxes on the wealthiest people.”
The writ for next May’s election won’t drop until March but the province’s fixed election date means elbows are already up as the parties begin to fight for advantage.