The BC New Democrats released their platform today promising over $700-million in new spending while maintaining a surplus for the 2017-2018 budget.
Party leader John Horgan says, if elected, his government would be able to finance campaign commitments by reversing the Liberal’s tax credit to the highest income earners, hiking the corporate tax rate and putting a price on housing speculation.
The promises include $10-a-day childcare, phasing out medical service premiums and eliminating interest on student loans.
Horgan says his party’s platform will also create 96,000 jobs and build 114,000 homes.
Liberal Leader Christy Clark is still betting on the province’s liquefied natural gas industry.
While campaigning in Kitimat, Clark says she predicts the LNG industry will see growth because global demand is forecast to increase by almost 50% by 2040.
One of the province’s LNG plants is expanding while another is under construction, but Clark promised much more than that in the last election.
The Liberals says 18 permits for LNG export terminals have been issued and the party plans to continue to approve more projects if elected.
She also visted Terrace and Prince Rupert.
Green party leader Andrew Weaver is campaigning in Sidney this afternoon where the party managed a tight race in 2013.
The riding of Saanich North and the Island was a three-way race in the last election, with the Green’s candidate Adam Olsen losing by less than 400 votes.
Olsen is vying for a win this time around, but will have to beat out the NDP incumbent Gary Holman and Liberal candidate Stephen Roberts.
(With files from The Canadian Press)