BC NDP leader John Horgan takes campaign to Liberal heartland in Okanagan

Toni Houston
May 7, 2017

Heck, even BC Green party leader Andrew Weaver has come out swinging.

Horgan said the NDP will make significant investments in schools, hospitals, infrastructure and young families, which has been lacking for decades under the B.C. Liberals.

With voting day just a few days away, Horgan and Clark are on their final stretch of campaigning, pulling lengthy days to hit some of their final stops before election day.

Despite Horgan's appeals to Green voters, some New Democrats in Parksville-Qualicum said local NDP candidate Sue Powell was looking to move between the Liberal and Green votes and take the seat from incumbent Michelle Stilwell, who is a member of Clark's cabinet.

John Horgan's election campaign tour drove twice through Kelowna on Saturday without stopping, a reversal from a prewrit trip in which the NDP leader said his team would compete for seats in the cradle of the provincial free-enterprise movement now represented by the BC Liberals.

Liberal Leader Christy Clark is defending a little-known tax rebate program meant to attract global business to British Columbia that allowed TD Bank to claim a $2.8-million refund.

He said the NDP and Greens share similar positions on electoral reform, climate change and opposition to the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion project.

"We are going to stand strong to make sure we support jobs in British Columbia", says Clark. He said the problem has become worse despite the Liberal government's declaration of a public health crisis a year ago and that the Liberals haven't yet spent $10 million from the federal government to deal with the opioid issue.

The NDP said in a statement that residents deserve answers about a program that allows unnamed corporations to receive an unknown amount of taxpayer money with no discernible benefits for B.C.

Eby notes that the BC Liberals have failed to provide any credible evidence that the program creates jobs, and have refused to reveal which companies have received tax breaks and for how much. "We've asked the auditor general to get to the bottom of this".

Speaking at a shut-down sawmill in Merritt on Tuesday, Horgan said action against USA coal shipments brought up by train to B.C.'s coal port in Delta "is in the range of options" B.C. should consider. "I would say, though, that Albertans are less familiar with our legislation than I am and we've been working on this for several months", she said.

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