Lead­ers press for votes on day be­fore B.C. elec­tion

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

RICH­MOND, B.C. — Christy Clark says Bri­tish Columbia vot­ers who want more jobs and no deficits will have a clear choice when they cast their bal­lots dur­ing Tues­day’s pro­vin­cial elec­tion.

The Lib­eral leader is tout­ing her party as the choice for young peo­ple who want to avoid a fu­ture of crip­pling pro­vin­cial debt that she says would be in­evitable un­der an NDP or Green gov­ern­ment.

Clark has a packed sched­ule on the fi­nal day of the four-week cam­paign, with stops sched­uled across the Lower Main­land and on Van­cou­ver Is­land.

Field­ing ques­tions out­side an air­port han­gar in Rich­mond, Clark dis­missed sug­ges­tions she would col­lab­o­rate with the Green party if no party wins a ma­jor­ity, say­ing nei­ther it nor the NDP have any­thing in com­mon with the Lib­er­als.

There have only been three mi­nor­ity gov­ern­ments in B.C.’s po­lit­i­cal his­tory, with the last in 1952.

10 things to know about the B.C. elec­tion

Vot­ers in Bri­tish Columbia go to the polls on Tues­day. Here are 10 things to know about B.C. politics: The Lib­er­als have been in power since 2001, but Christy Clark didn’t be­come premier un­til 2011.

John Hor­gan was ac­claimed NDP leader three years ago and first won a leg­is­la­ture seat in 2005.

Green Leader An­drew Weaver was part of a group of sci­en­tists who shared a No­bel Peace Prize with Al Gore for their work on cli­mate change.

This elec­tion has 87 seats up for grabs, but at dis­so­lu­tion the Lib­er­als held 47 seats in the leg­is­la­ture.

Lib­er­als are promis­ing a per­sonal in­come tax freeze, a cut to the small business tax, and four more bal­anced bud­gets on top of the five straight al­ready recorded.

The NDP would in­crease the cor­po­rate tax rate, bring in $10-a-day child care and give renters a $400 an­nual re­bate.

The Greens say they would over­haul the tax sys­tem to pay for spend­ing on child care, ed­u­ca­tion, pub­lic health and the en­vi­ron­ment.

The Lib­eral Party of Bri­tish Columbia is not af­fil­i­ated with the Lib­eral Party of Canada and de­scribes it­self as “a made-in-B.C. free en­ter­prise coali­tion.”

The last time B.C. had a mi­nor­ity gov­ern­ment was in 1952, one of only three in the prov­ince’s his­tory.

The NDP was in power from 1991 to 2001 af­ter de­feat­ing So­cial Credit and had four dif­fer­ent party lead­ers dur­ing their time in of­fice.

JONATHAN HAY­WARD, THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

B.C. Lib­eral leader Christy Clark car­ries a child dur­ing a cam­paign stop in Sid­ney, B.C., Mon­day. The Bri­tish Columbia elec­tion will be held on Tues­day.

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