With the clock ticking down to May’s provincial election, the BC NDP are sketching out the key themes of their coming campaign.
NDP leader John Horgan held a conference today pitching the changes he’d like to see in the province and issues he says he’ll prioritize if elected Premier.
Top of the list: public education, job creation and affordability.
“But on housing affordability, we need to work together. What the Liberals do, time and time again, is blame everyone else for their problems. If we’re gonna to bring down the cost of housing, we need more supply, if we’re going to bring down more supply, senior levels of government, Federal, Provincial, need to work with municipalities, not blame municipalities. Christy Clark’s quick to finger point, not quick to find solutions.”
Another big ticket item: Horgan signalled an NDP government would implement a $15 minimum wage.
“Well I’ve talked to small business owners who are concerned about that, and I made it clear to them that we’re gonna be increasing the minimum wage over the first mandate of an NDP government, so we’ll stage in those increases and we’re gonna do that in consultations with small businesses.”
Horgan also had sharp words for the BC Liberals’ key policy plank, introduced in Budget 2017: slashing MSP premiums.
He says the move isn’t good enough, adding there needs to be changes to ICBC and Hydro rates to make the province more affordable.
British Columbians will go to the polls on May 9.
Wait and see
Global BC Legislative Bureau Chief Keith Baldrey says the narrowed focus that Horgan is bringing to the campaign is a better game plan than back in 2013, but we’re still looking at broad outlines.
“Some of these promises will get watered down by necessity as we get into the campaign and will actually only be accomplished over several, if not longer, years and it’s not all gonna happen at once.”
Baldrey says while Horgan can give a speech that leaves an impression that everything is going to change, the details are in the nuts and bolts.
“And he’s yet to provide those. But he will, there will be a news conference and once he releases a fully costed election platform we’ll take it from there.”
Baldrey says while Horgan defers providing detailed information about how he will pay for these policies, that will only take him so far in the hunt for votes.