B.C.’s Liberal government is staking its re-election on a nearly $1-billion cut in medical service premiums, a small business tax cut and targeted spending increases on education, health and child welfare.
Finance Minister Mike de Jong tabled their budget saying the government will move to eliminate the unpopular medical services plan premiums, starting with a 50% cut next year.
But opposition NDP Leader John Horgan feels the budget is an attempt to have voters forget about the last 16 years they were in power.
North Coast MLA Jennifer Rice says they ignored the north while making capital investments in schools and health care.
Rice noted there was no mention of Mills Memorial Hospital, with many in the area pressuring the province to commit funding to replace the aging facility.
Stikine MLA Doug Donaldson feels the budget didn’t provide much relief for costs like hydro that residents in the north have to deal with.
The province’s 2017-18 budget also projects a fifth consecutive surplus as the election looms in May.