With just a day to go in this provincial election campaign, BC NDP leader John Horgan is sticking to his message, amid polls saying it’s too close to call.
Horgan spoke amongst friends and supporters at a campaign stop in Surrey, just one of several must-win communities for the NDP on Tuesday.
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And if the NDP leader is concerned about a tight race, he isn’t showing it.
Horgan says polls suggesting only a couple points of difference between the two parties is typical for the province.
“That’s the way B.C. is; that’s the way B.C. always will be. I’m hopeful that tomorrow when the ballots are cast, it’s an overwhelming majority for my party and an overwhelming majority for the people of British Columbia. Because we can’t afford four more years of Christy Clark.”
The NDP leader also responded to The Globe and Mail’s recent endorsement of Christy Clark, which advised British Columbians to “hold their nose” and vote BC Liberal.
“I can’t recall an election where the elites have mattered less than this election campaign,” Horgan said. “And when someone’s endorsement is ‘hold your nose’ and vote for someone, I think that’s not necessarily a glowing endorsement.”
Horgan continues to promise the NDP’s main platform tenet of $10-a-day childcare, and played to a local crowd by promising to build a second hospital in Surrey.
Reaching across party lines
Meanwhile, conventional thinking suggests there could be split in the progressive vote because of a Green surge in this election.
Horgan admits he is making a play to appeal to Green voters, asking them to vote NDP if they want to see a change in government.
“I’m focused on making sure as many people as possible cast their ballots for NDP candidates in every community across British Columbia. Election campaigns are about a marketplace of ideas. We’ve put our ideas forward, and I’m appealing to those who are uncomfortable with the direction of the leadership of the BC Liberal party and the BC Green party.”
He hopes his message that B.C. “can’t afford four more years of Christy Clark” motivates voters to cast their ballots with the NDP.