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May 5, 2017

Double trouble: BC NDP tax hikes, naysaying attitude would kill jobs

RICHMOND – Speaking today at BC tech success story Saltworks, Premier Christy Clark made clear that Today’s BC Liberals are the only party that can lead the fight to preserve, protect, and create BC jobs. The BC NDP can’t, and the Green Party won’t – leaving British Columbians with a stark choice when they vote.

“With rising U.S. protectionism putting BC jobs at risk, now is the time for strength – not weakness,” the Premier said. “My team and I will keep standing up for BC and fighting for the jobs that our families depend on – because we know that a job is the best way to take care of the people you love.”

Since Today’s BC Liberals introduce the BC Jobs Plan in 2011, BC has gained over 237,000 new jobs – of which 90% are full-time and 83% are in the private sector.

Protecting and creating BC jobs is the last thing on John Horgan’s mind. The BC NDP can no longer claim to be the party of working people – not when they oppose:

· Pacific NorthWest LNG – 4,500 jobs

· Site C Clean Energy Project – 10,000 jobs

· George Massey Tunnel Replacement – 14,000 jobs

· T2 Expansion at Deltaport – over 18,000 jobs

· The Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project – at least 15,000 jobs

· The Trans Pacific Partnership – 2,500 jobs

· The Red Chris Mine – 380 jobs

· The Brucejack Mine – 1,200 jobs

In addition, John Horgan has suggested he would have taken the softwood lumber deal proposed by the previous U.S. administration that would have killed one in every three BC forestry jobs, or 20,000.

He is also proposing a disastrous minimum wage hike that, based on a CFIB analysis, would kill at least another 30,000 jobs.

That’s a total of more than 100,000 jobs on John Horgan’s hit list.

Taking into account hikes to middle-class income taxes and the carbon tax and the impact of their uncosted platform promises – and the BC NDP spells double trouble for hard-working British Columbians and the paycheques they count on to support themselves and their families.

The provincial election will be held on May 9.