Christy Clark maintains support for AdvantageBC program, slams NYT article

Glen Mclaughlin
May 7, 2017

If Ottawa doesn't act, Clark has also threatened to act on her own with a tax on thermal coal after the US imposed duties of up to 24 per cent on Canadian lumber imports.

"If I am re-elected Premier on May 9th, I will continue to work constructively with Prime Minister Trudeau to secure a fair softwood agreement with the United States".

Horgan is also reaching out to undecided voters.

He says that a BC NDP government will immediately refer this program to the Auditor-General for investigation, and will cancel all aspects of the program that don't provide provable benefits for British Columbians.

"All of our common interests will be lost if we have four more years of Christy Clark", he told supporters at a campaign stop in Nanaimo.

He said the NDP and Greens share similar positions on electoral reform, climate change and opposition to the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion project.

With any form of minority, Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver would hold the balance of power, and any bill the governing party is trying to pass would need the approval of the Greens.

Horgan said the NDP will make significant investments in schools, hospitals, infrastructure and young families, which has been lacking for decades under the B.C. Liberals.

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- Clark is defending a little-known tax rebate program meant to attract global business, which TD Bank used to claim a $2.8-million refund that a court says the province must consider after it first rejected the claim over a missed deadline.

Her government challenged the company's claim for the refund in court because TD filed its paperwork a day late. The Court of Appeal ruled last month that B.C. must reconsider the bank's request for a time extension to claim the refund.

"There may be jobs happening at the coast but the jobs are not happening in our community", said Dorval.

"We can do much better than this", he told a crowd of about 100 at candidate Barry Dorval's campaign office.

Weaver said the Greens are looking to inspire voters, not scare them away from supporting a political party.

- The NDP says people deserve answers about the worldwide business activity program because it allows unnamed corporations to receive an unknown amount of taxpayer money with no discernible benefits for B.C. A careful look at their policies will show that they also support progressive social initiatives and true free enterprise which encourages small and medium business, where most new jobs are created, rather than big business in the form of worldwide corporations. The riding has been Liberal territory since 1996, with the exception of the 2012 byelection won by a popular New Democrat, the former mayor of Port Moody.

Since then, he said the Liberals have increased funding for the program by 1,000 per cent. "We've asked the auditor general to get to the bottom of this". "I would say, though, that Albertans are less familiar with our legislation than I am and we've been working on this for several months", she said.

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