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Indigenous partnerships, softwood and infrastructure highlight discussions on the campaign trail

B.C. Liberal Leader Christy Clark says she will not rest until she secures a fair deal for British Columbia in the softwood lumber dispute with the United States.

Campaigning today in Williams Lake for the May 9th election, Clark says the United States depends on Canadian lumber to keep homes affordable for the American middle class and that the softwood dispute is fuelled by greedy lumber barons south of the border.

She says 140 forestry-dependent communities and 60,000 families are depending on a deal with the US.

Clark says her Liberal government has helped the forestry sector by spending $150-million to help plant tens of millions more trees, creating up to three-thousand jobs, and launching its rural economic development strategy.

Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver says he plans to build a new partnership with B.C.’s Indigenous peoples that’s based on doing more listening to the people who have thousands of years of experience.

Weaver says the Greens will do more to reach out to indigenous people across the province, recognizing that the Greens haven’t done as much consultation with First Nations as it needs to do.

He says the Greens will recognize Indigenous peoples as equal partners in resource development issues.

The NDP are promising to fund 40% of a 10-year transit plan proposed by mayors in the Lower Mainland.New Democrat Leader John Horgan says the plan will help relieve congestion as he campaigned at Vancouver city hall.

The transit plan includes a replacement for the aging Pattullo Bridge between Surrey and New Westminster. Horgan says the plan would be funded from the party’s $10-billion capital infrastructure plan.

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