Despite ambitious platform, BC NDP promises $109M surplus if elected

NDP Leader John Horgan finds his refuge playing disc-golf on a course he built with his sons in a wooded area near his home

NDP Leader John Horgan finds his refuge playing disc-golf on a course he built with his sons in a wooded area near his home

Also in Vancouver Wednesday, B.C. Green Party leader Andrew Weaver unveiled a plan to increase income assistance, disability assistance and shelter allowance by 10 per cent a year, starting this fall and continuing for five years.

"We'll pay for it by reversing Christy Clark's tax cut to the top two per cent, raising corporate taxes, taxing housing speculators and cutting BC Liberal waste". Our plan will create good jobs that grow the economy, make life more affordable for families, and fix the services people count on, all with a balanced budget.

Clark said the NDP's "scheme" to use a $500 million fund generated from liquefied natural gas revenues to eliminate tolls on two major bridges will harm future generations.

The NDP's rental rebate program, which would give renters a $400 annual credit, will cost $200-million, Horgan says. NDP Leader John Horgan said an NDP government would deliver a $108 million surplus in their first budget year.

"There's no tolls in Kelowna, there's no tolls on the Sea to Sky Highway, why should there be tolls on people who live south of the Fraser?"

- Horgan says he's already having meetings about how to distribute legal marijuana, including talks with liquor outlets, craft brewers, pharmacies and dispensaries.


"If they're not paying taxes in British Columbia, they're not growing our province", Horgan said. It would also increase capital spending by $7 billion over three years.

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.

Clark attacked the NDP on what she called their lack of financial planning.

"It's the platform of a party that has had experience in government and wants the opportunity to do it again and is not going to oversell and is not going to make ridiculous goals that can not be kept", he said.

"If they're not telling us the truth, I can't be held to their numbers", Horgan said when asked whether an NDP government would promise not to introduce any additional taxes other than those in the platform.

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