BC parties begin election race to May 9 finish

Posted April 12, 2017

The Liberals are seeking a fifth consecutive term, with a backdrop of voters opting for change in the neighbouring province of Alberta in the Canadian federal election and in the United States in the past two years.

Education: There's peace on British Columbia's education front, but the toll of a long-running battle between the government and teachers that saw a bitter strike shut down schools and a court case in the Supreme Court of Canada could be a campaign issue.

Although the numbers show, early in the campaign, the Greens trailing both the B.C. NDP and B.C. Liberals, the party is a favourite second choice.

As to how an NDP government would pay for their promises?

James said the Liberals' promise to improve Wi-Fi on ferries shows how out of touch the party is. NDP leader John Horgan has visited Clark's old ridings to tell voters why she should be defeated, as well as campaigned in key battlegrounds such as Surrey, North Delta and Osoyoos.

The poll also asked respondents what they feel are the most important issues facing the province, and which leader is best qualified to take those issues on. "For the past 16 years, BC Liberals have been putting costs on people and reducing the services that they depend on".

Horgan said it was a matter of fairness. Her government gives full support to the big business drive for expanded extraction and export of natural resources, while ignoring inherent Indigenous rights and strong community opposition to risky projects like the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion, the Site C dam which will flood valuable agricultural land in the Peace River, and the Ajax open-pit mine which threatens environmental disaster for Kamloops.

"For Christy Clark, the person who imposed those tolls on people, it's laughable that she would say that it's a 'scheme, ' " he said in an interview.

James said the NDP is committed to making life more affordable for people by freezing B.C. Hydro rates if the party wins the election.

Clark delivered her party's platform at Mobify, a Vancouver-based software company.

"We're going to eliminate them". NDP leader John Horgan has vowed to stop Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and has expressed reservations about a liquefied natural gas terminal that Malaysia's Petronas may build.

Half as many respondents, 28 per cent, said the "Clark government has done a good job and deserves re-election".

Clark unveiled her party's platform yesterday, promising to freeze income taxes, deliver balance budgets and create jobs in the technology and resource sectors.