-BC Liberal media release (pictured: Cathy Noel, this region’s BC Liberal Candidate)
Premier Christy Clark and Today’s BC Liberals released their 2017 campaign platform today. It’s a plan to keep BC strong and secure a bright future by doing three big things – creating jobs, controlling spending, and cutting taxes for the middle class.
“Today in British Columbia, we have more people than ever working in good-paying, family-supporting jobs – and we need to keep our economy strong and growing for our children and grandchildren,” said Premier Christy Clark. “Our plan will keep B.C. creating jobs and leave more money in people’s pockets, because we know they can make the best decisions how to spend it – not government.”
With around $150 million in new spending commitments, the BC Liberal platform is in sharp contrast with BC NDP and Green Party schemes for billions in reckless spending, higher taxes, and bigger government. The BC Liberals are committed to another four consecutive balanced budgets, on track to eliminate BC’s operating debt by 2021.
“British Columbians work hard to get ahead, and we have a responsibility to make sure they keep more of their paycheques so they can build the lives they want and take care of the people they love,” the Premier added. “By growing our economy and sticking to our plan, we can invest in health care, education, and all the services people count on while keeping taxes low.”
In addition to a billion-dollar middle-class tax cut in the form of a 50% reduction of MSP premiums – as a first step to eliminating premiums entirely – the BC Liberals would freeze income personal income taxes for four years, and freeze the revenue-neutral carbon tax until 2021 when BC, working with Canada, will determine how best to meet its climate targets. And the platform includes a cap on bridge tolls and a new tax break on fares for ferry-dependent communities.
To keep B.C.’s economy strong and growing, Today’s BC Liberals will get Site C built – employing thousands, and guaranteeing a 100-year supply of clean, affordable, reliable power. And the platform outlines key actions to strengthen forestry, secure new mining investments, and grow B.C.’s energy sector, including LNG.
Positioning British Columbia to become a global leader in technology and innovation, the platform boosts investment in the BC Tech Strategy and commits to more graduates in tech-related disciplines so that tech companies can hire home-grown talent.
It includes targeted investments to benefit the seniors who built our province, including an Active Seniors Tax Credit, a new Respite Tax Credit for those caring for seniors or family members with disabilities, and doubling the Seniors Home Renovation Tax Credit.
And the platform commits to reviewing scope of practice for medical professionals – potentially expanding the roles of nurse practitioners and pharmacists to ensure strong primary care in support of B.C.’s already world-leading health outcomes – as part of continued record investments in health care, education, and home ownership and housing affordability.
More details of the platform will be shared by Premier Christy Clark and the BC Liberal team in the weeks ahead, in communities up and down the province. For the first time, that team is over 40% women, and includes eight candidates under 40 and three widely respected Indigenous leaders.
The provincial election will be held on May 9th. The full platform is available at www.BCLiberals.com.
Juan de Fuca / Langford candidates
In alphabetical order by last name, the candidates for this region are:
- Scott Burton Libertarian Party
- John Horgan, BC NDP (incumbant)
- William Nelson, Vancouver Island Party
- Cathy Noel, BC Liberal Party
- Brendan Ralfs, B.C. Green Party
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- Throne Speech: BC Liberals adopt a center social stance
- NDP’s John Horgan responds to the Throne Speech: She’ll say anything to hang on to power
- Green’s Andrew Weaver responds to the Throne Speech: Astonishing about-face
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- Premier Christy Clark introduces new Executive Council
- BC Government resumes on June 22
- B.C. New Democrat and B.C. Green caucuses ratify historic agreement
- Clark will put confidence to the vote in June, and let the transfer of power be a public one
- B.C. Greens will support a new BC New Democrat government
- NDP and Greens announce an agreement, intending to form government in BC for the next four years
- Statements from Christy Clark, John Horgan, and Andrew Weaver
- Election results are in!
- BC Elections update: May 24, 1:00 pm
- Election results still inconclusive, May 23
- Election results should be known after May 24
- Preliminary election turn-out estimated at 60%
- POLL: What are your top three election issues?
- ICYMI: Leadership Debate March 26 2017 (Video)
- Election 2017: Sooke’s All-Candidate Debate
- VIDEO: Provincial Election 2017 Leadership Debate
- Election May 9, 2017: Where and how to vote
- Green Party releases their affordable homes strategy
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- Sooke Chamber launches 2017 Provincial General Election Information Series
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- BC Liberals launch their platform