Premier Christy Clark has asked the Lieutenant-Governor to dissolve the Legislature, meaning we are officially in the midst of the election campaign.
Exiting Government House, Christy Clark kicked off the Liberal campaign trail explaining what’s different this time versus the nail-biter of an election back in 2013
“This time I have a record to run on. And I think it’s a record that I feel good about because we are number one in job growth. We have the lowest unemployment compared to the rest of the country since 1976.”
— LizaCKNW980 (@lizaCKNW980) April 11, 2017
During her speech, she focused on the Liberals job plan and on the economy.
“I think the idea that we want to keep creating jobs and making sure that we are saying yes to economic growth I think those ideas resonate with the people of British Columbia.”
Clark wasting no time taking a poke at the NDP, saying their plan to tax just the highest earners to cover the cost of all the programs they are promising just doesn’t add up.
As the writ dropped, B.C. NDP leader John Horgan took questions from supporters at a campaign event in downtown Vancouver.
The tone may have started like a celebration, but when John Horgan took questions from supporters, one identified herself as a friend of the family of Baby Mac – the toddler who died January in childcare – making childcare in the BC election issue.
“Who would you want to trust with your child so that tragedies don’t happen again?” the woman asked.
“I believe we need accessible, affordable childcare for everybody. It should be a universal program, if they can do it in Quebec, we can do it here.”
— Jeremy Lye (@JJLye980) April 11, 2017
The NDP is campaigning on bringing in $10-a-day childcare, Liberal leader Christy Clark instead promising 8,000 new childcare spaces.
Meanwhile, B.C. Green leader Andrew Weaver, talked about the initial numbers into his popularity at the start of the provincial election campaign.
“You look at our party, we’re polling at 19 per cent in the province. Mainstream research. That’s more than double our historic values. And we’re leading on Vancouver Island at 34 per cent. So things are happening. People are ready for change and I just encourage them to look at our candidates.”
Weaver adds B.C. Green candidates have the power to vote in the legislature how they want and don’t have to fall in line with the party.
— Kyle Benning (@KBBenning) April 11, 2017
The B.C. Green Party also released its housing platform with commitments to deflate the housing bubble.
Weaver says his party is making an election promise with changes to real estate taxes.
“In a province as wealthy as ours, there is no reason why everyone does not have a roof over their heads, yet we have thousands who are spending half their income on accommodation.”
The changes include bumping the Foreign Buyers Tax to 30 per cent and scaling the Property Transfer tax based on property value starting at homes worth more than $200,000 dollars.
Weaver adds there would be a yearly $750-million investment into building 4,000 units of affordable housing per year with the help of the federal government.
With files from Liza Yuzda, Jeremy Lye and Kyle Benning