Published: Mon, April 17, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Despite ambitious platform, BC NDP promises $109M surplus if elected

Despite ambitious platform, BC NDP promises $109M surplus if elected

In Vancouver, the median rate was $1,661.

The platform says the subsidized child care plan would be brought in over the next 10 years.

It's still two days before the election writ is officially dropped but Horgan didn't waste any time attacking the BC Liberals track record on education, the environment and healthcare.

"It's the platform of a party that has had experience in government and wants the opportunity to do it again and is not going to oversell and is not going to make ridiculous goals that can not be kept", he said.

Horgan says a New Democrat government would revamp the Residential Tenancy Act to make it more accessible, and also address the problem of "renovictions", where landlords use renovations as an excuse to evict tenants and sidestep restrictions around rent increases.

Roy, chief executive of the BC Non-Profit Housing Association, said the grant would make a difference for people who have seen their rent go up.

Cote said the cuts will harm the Mayors' Council's long-term transportation plan.

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But Mike de Jong, the Liberal government's finance minister, said the NDP's proposals would cost at least $4 billion a year and lead to a credit downgrade.

Meanwhile, the B.C. Green party have released their plan on income security.

She said freezing all ferry fares is a short-sighted idea that will ultimately cost taxpayers.

Those changes followed complaints that the tax on foreign buyers was hitting people who were living, working and paying taxes in B.C. "You're going to freeze all fares but there still has to be a base to keep these services going", Gaudet said.

When challenged on how the NDP would pay for any expansion at the Delta-Richmond crossing, Horgan said it would be paid for like any other capital project.

But he said the New Democrats should consider adding a rental rate cap to the credit, similar to the homebuyers grant, so it remains focused on lower-income earners who need it the most.

"I don't think people remember just what happened in British Columbia during that time. I think our plan is focused on people, and we're going to be laying out our fully costed platform tomorrow".

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