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June 3, 2015

Christy’s Halftime Report

It’s hard to believe, but we’re now two years into a four-year mandate – which, according to football fan Premier Christy Clark, means it’s halftime: a the time to look back on the last half, recap the game plan, and take a long, hard look at the opposing team.

In her halftime report delivered to the team on June 2nd, 2015 at our annual Vancouver Leader’s Dinner, the Premier made it clear that moving forward isn’t just about adding new moves – it’s about building on tried and tested methods. For BC Liberals, that’s keeping government small and spending within our means. It’s removing hurdles to growth and keeping taxes competitive.

It’s also building a growing and diverse economy – forestry, agriculture, technology, natural gas, mining, film, tourism, and clean energy are just some of the many players we see working for British Columbians in the next two years and beyond.

For the third time in a row, we’ve delivered a balanced budget. Finance Minister Mike de Jong has scored yet another touchdown – that’s a remarkable billion-dollar surplus for BC.

At halftime, we remain deeply committed to the health and beauty of our environment – the new Climate Action team, led by Environment Minister Mary Polak, will carry the ball to show the world how it’s done.

Up to now, we’ve really performed – but the game isn’t over yet.

We’ll need your help in 2017 to push it over the goal line. You probably know someone sitting on the sidelines, not voting – let’s get them all in, so that we can keep our opponents out.

They continue running interference – fumbling on their ideas to grow the economy, by opposing the world’s cleanest LNG, and dropping the ball on Site C, which they once supported.

Here’s another difference between the NDP and us: they believe in government – we believe in the people of British Columbia.

We’re there to help you when you need us – and to get out of the way when you don’t – just like a good running back.

At halftime, we’re proud of our team and the hard work they’ve put in over the past two years. That includes the hard work of supporters like you – our biggest fans – cheering us on from the stands.

But growing BC can’t happen if we don’t grow as a team. That’s why we need you to help us with recruiting fresh talent.

With your help, our solid strategy, and a tremendous team, we’ll be ready to push it over the line once again in 2017 – and we’re looking forward to a very exciting next half.

By Jillian Stead