With the B.C. election heading into the home stretch, the BC Liberals are accusing the NDP of plans to raise taxes by stealth.
At the same time, Liberal Leader Christy Clark is seeking to quash fears her party has tax plans of its own.
Standing in front of a pair of screens, one pledging no new taxes under a Liberal government, the other claiming the NDP plans tax hikes, Clark told reporters only her party is making a legitimate promise to voters not to raise taxes.
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It comes as Clark seeks to clarify her party’s position on taxes after a week of headlines focusing on NDP claims of an HST comeback or reincarnation through a Value Added Tax (VAT).
“I killed the HST, remember,” Clark said, before clarifying, “After the voters killed it, I made sure it stayed dead. And I made that commitment and I kept it,” she said.
“I put a stake in it after voters killed it.”
But when pressed on whether she herself had voted to kill the HST in the referendum, Clark said she couldn’t recall.
“Umm, I can’t remember. I think I probably voted for it in the referendum.”
Clark says the New Democrats are hiding the fact that they will raise taxes, and that the Green Party will raise taxes while running deficits.
The NDP says it plans to eliminate Medical Services Plan premiums and all bridge tolls and would roll back or freezing fares on some ferry routes. They also say they will freeze Hydro rates and stop the climb of ICBC rates.
With files from Kyle Benning