John Horgan announces how BC NDP will pay for its platform

John Horgan announces how BC NDP will pay for its platform

- The B.C. Liberals support the pipeline, while the NDP and Greens oppose it. "It just doesn't make sense".

A $500-million prosperity fund that was supposed to consist of revenue from liquefied natural gas earnings, which Horgan calls Premier Christy Clark's "fantasy fund", will be used to eliminate tolls on two of the Lower Mainland's busiest bridges over the next three years. "The people who are going to benefit from this are the people who are already better off than many and in my community where so many people do not have a taxable income, the credit is not really a benefit".

"Those things actually help people who are struggling and I think that is the important thing", he said. Horgan would also reduce small business income tax by one half of one per cent.

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The soaring cost of home ownership has been a high-profile issue in B.C., and the provincial government has responded by creating several policies aimed at curbing real estate prices, including a 15 per cent buyer's tax on non-Canadians and non-permanent residents.

The platform also includes plans for $10-a-day childcare and an annual $400 rebate for renters.

Paris Gaudet, candidate for the B.C. Liberals in the Nanaimo riding, told the News Bulletin that the NDP platform is unbalanced, lacks creativity and would cost middle class families a fortune.

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When challenged on how the NDP would pay for any expansion at the Delta-Richmond crossing, Horgan said it would be paid for like any other capital project. The NDP's first increase would raise $140 million in 2019-20, which Horgan's plan counts as revenue rather than offsetting against income taxes as the BC Liberals have pledged to do.

Horgan said the platform is based on financial figures in the government's 2017-18 budget.

"For the people who are drawn to the chant 'We're number eight, ' Mr. Horgan has presented a blueprint for getting there", he said.

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"We shouldn't be redistributing our tax money to the very rich." said Clark. Now BC Liberal leader Christy Clark carries on that tradition, seeking to win a second consecutive election and retaining her MLA seat for Kelowna West.

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