Reality Check: BC Liberal “Fact-Free BC” Campaign Hits the Airwaves
Vancouver - Christy Clark and the BC Liberals today took to the airwaves with a new “Fact-Free BC” TV ad, embarking on the next phase of their Fact Free Campaign.
Let’s have a look the ad’s claims:
TV AD CLAIM: “I am absolutely determined to keep government spending under control.”FACT: Since Christy Clark became Premier two years ago, she increased spending by $2.6 billion or 6.3%. That’s more than double the two year period before she became Premier.
TV AD CLAIM: The BC Liberals are not leaving “a mountain of debt.”FACT: Since Christy Clark became Premier, the BC Liberals have added $11 billion to the debt and plan to add another $13 billion more in the next 3 years.
TV AD CLAIM: Christy Clark and the BC Liberals are “holding the line on taxes.”FACT: the BC Liberals increased taxes in their 2013 Budget: personal income tax on high income earners and the corporate income tax will increase on January 1, 2014.
TV AD CLAIM: The BC Liberals are “leaving our chi
Key BC Liberal Candidate Supports BC NDP on Fracking Review
Vancouver – Yesterday on Sun TV News, Mayor Mike Bernier of natural gas centre Dawson Creek, threw his support behind the BC NDP’s plan for a scientific review of fracking. Bernier is the BC Liberal candidate for Peace River South:
“I absolutely have no problem with doing a review. In fact prior to the election I know there were MLAs - candidates with the Liberal party - themselves were saying should we be looking at doing a review.” (Sun TV News, Tuesday, May 1, 2013)
Bernier added further clarity: “I’m all in favour of doing a review,” identifying the important issue as: “How do we do it [fracking] properly while we continue doing the work in the area.”
Bernier could have been reading from the BC NDP platform commitment to: “Undertake an independent, expert-led public review of fracking.” (Page 41, BC NDP 2013 Platform)
The BC NDP has been clear in its support for a review of fracking while production continues, a position supported by an increasing number of
Dix Visits Key Forestry Region to Say Yes to Forestry Jobs and Competitive Forest Industry
Quesnel, BC – BC NDP leader Adrian Dix took his message of change for the better to Quesnel today with a commitment to support BC’s forest industry.
“Since the BC Liberals took office in 2001, we’ve lost more than 30,000 jobs in BC’s forest sector and 70 operations have shut their doors,” said Dix. “BC’s forest dependent communities can’t afford more of the same BC Liberal mismanagement, more of the same raw log exports, and more of the same failure to renew our forests.
During a tour today of forest seedling nursery SilvaGro in Quesnel, Dix said an NDP government will significantly improve reforestation on crown land by doubling the number of seedlings planted in five years. In addition, Dix has pledged to invest in skills training, improve forest health, support industry-led efforts to expand global markets, and reduce raw log exports.
“Change for the better means saying yes to replanting and to using BC logs for BC jobs,” said Dix. “Change for the better a
Adrian Dix says yes to growth in high tech jobs
Vancouver, BC – BC NDP leader Adrian Dix took his message of change for the better to Vancouver today with specific commitments to support BC’s high tech sector.
“Since taking office in 2001, the BC Liberals’ lack of support has caused BC’s high tech sector to fall behind on key measures,” said Dix. “More of the same means doing nothing while talent leaves Vancouver for opportunities in eastern Canada. More of the same means more jobs without skilled workers, and companies leaving as a result.”
During a tour of Zymeworks, a Vancouver-based developer of best-in-class treatments for serious disease, Dix said change for the better meant saying yes to jobs and growth in high tech, and delivering on three key initiatives:
enhancing and renewing BC’s venture capital programs;
implementing a “Procurement Strategy” to forge partnerships between government and BC technology business; and
supporting business accelerator programs.“By making strategic investments, optimiz