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Provincial election campaign marks one week since the writ was dropped

Christy Clark travelled to northern B.C. today to highlight her Liberal party’s support for the Site C hydroelectric dam as a job creator that will keep the province supplied with clean energy.

Clark visited a concrete company in Fort St. John that is working on construction of the dam and said more than 275 businesses from B.C. are involved in its construction.

A new report by researchers at the University of British Columbia is calling for work on Site C to be suspended because of its cost compared to alternative energy sources.

But Clark says for the $8.8-billion project to meet the province’s future energy needs, construction has to continue now.

John Horgan’s campaign is focusing on skills development as the NDP leader campaigns in Metro Vancouver.

He says an expanded apprenticeship and trades training program the New Democrats favour would help fill the $96,000 that would be created through new school, hospital, highway and home construction.

He also announced a community partnership fund that would upgrade and build community infrastructure projects, with an initial investment of $30-million over three years.

Green Leader Andrew Weaver began his campaign day in Victoria, where he unveiled details of the party’s health-care platform.

It’s heavy on emphasizing prevention and primary care as a way of giving people better access to family doctors.

The party also wants to create a mental health strategy and develop quality end-of-life care.

The plan includes $100-million for an integrated primary-care system using teams of health-care professionals, such as nurse practitioners, physiotherapists and midwives to enhance access to family doctors.

(With files from The Canadian Press)

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