BC NDP promises to freeze BC Hydro rates

Drivers who cross the Port Mann Bridge could have their tolls capped at $500 annually under a re-election promise by the B.C. Liberal party

The New Democrats blame the Liberals for continuing to fill party coffers while the party turned down six attempts to ban union and corporate donations to political parties. "Zero dollars a year", said Horgan.

"Today it's tech, tomorrow it'll be LNG", she said.

Clark released what has been described as a modest platform yesterday, suggesting her party's ability to run a tight fiscal ship. The party has already struggled with balancing the competing interests of Notley's Alberta government and the federal party's own environmentalist wing - a struggle that contributed to Tom Mulcair's lost NDP leadership vote at the party's Edmonton convention a year ago. If anything, the NDP is yet again reaching out to big business, rather than mobilizing the working class and its allies around a platform of far-reaching economic and social reforms. "If they can do it Quebec we can do it here".

"You look at our party, we're polling at 19 per cent in the province".

The Liberals hope to improve their chances with a "made-on-the-Island" platform that promises money for a new salmon research centre in Campbell River, an agricultural complex in the Comox Valley and airport improvements north of the Malahat.

Already, pipelines have proven to be one of the few issues dividing the current field of four candidates, with Peter Julian and Niki Ashton echoing Horgan's position and Guy Caron and Charlie Angus admiring Notley's approach.

"We support two things: increasing accessibility of spaces and targeted subsidy on a means tested basis for families that require it", said BCBC president Greg D'Avignon. "We can do better", Horgan has argued. "To mischaracterize our view is really frustrating".

Pay the tolls at the Port Mann and Golden Ears bridges in Metro Vancouver, or pay them through taxes.

"I'm very confident that the ideas that we're putting forward will have a very positive effect on the economy", she said.

That's putting the ball back in the mayors' court, since the mayors' council just last week launched a campaign asking each party to spell out their plans for funding public transit.

He said Clark's Liberals are looking to turn attention away from last week's report by Ombudsman Jay Chalke into the government's flawed handling of an investigation that resulted in eight health workers being wrongly fired and one of the workers taking his own life.

"Now that we're into the final stages of her government, 28 days to go, she can't rely on her legion of public servants to put ads out on her behalf".

A section of the platform dealing with B.C. Ferries, which was leaked over the weekend, promises a loyalty program by 2020 to cut costs for frequent users in ferry-dependent communities.

British Columbia's privacy watchdog has rejected a provincial Liberal party request to investigate allegations the NDP breached personal information protection laws for sharing voter supporter lists with politically friendly groups.



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