With eight days left in the campaign, BC Liberal leader Christy Clark is focusing her message on jobs and the economy.
Speaking at a Vancouver biotech firm, Clark says a report today from BMO speaks to her government’s record, noting B.C. has the fastest growing economy in Canada for the second year in a row.
“That’s the first time this has happened in my lifetime. I’m 51. We haven’t had an economy grow the fastest in Canada for two years in a row since John Diefenbaker was the Prime Minister.”
She says it’s a valuable asset to B.C., especially in the current political climate.
“We should be proud of that and we need to keep that going, especially in the face of rising U.S. protectionism.”
That’s in reference to the Trump administration’s recent strong-arming regarding softwood lumber sales from Canada, a huge industry for British Columbia.
Clark adds that the B.C. Liberal government would continue to look at tax competitiveness, but no matter what business groups suggest she would not bring in an HST.
“We’ve said we’re going to talk about all the things that they’ve recommended. But it isn’t going to be anything that looks like an HST, absolutely not.”
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Clark says with the Americans looking to cut taxes, B.C. needs to focus on doing what it can to stop jobs from leaving the province.