BC election: Key developments from Day Two on the campaign trail

Posted April 17, 2017

Starting this year, the NDP would also increase all income assistance rates by $100 a month, and increase the earnings exemption by $200 a month.

"We'll pay for it by reversing Christy Clark's tax cut to the top two per cent, raising corporate taxes, taxing housing speculators and cutting BC Liberal waste. It just doesn't make sense".

NDP leader John Horgan made light of the fact politicians were setting aside their political beliefs for the day, pointing out the event managed to bring together members of all stripes.

The BC NDP leader pledged to help renters in B.C. with a $400 rebate to offset forever rising rental prices in numerous province's cities.

Clark said the NDP's "scheme" to use a $500 million fund generated from liquefied natural gas revenues to eliminate tolls on two major bridges will harm future generations.

"There's no tolls in Kelowna, there's no tolls on the Sea to Sky Highway, why should there be tolls on people who live south of the Fraser?"

"The challenge with the Pattullo Bridge is we need to make decisions probably by the end of this year regarding the replacement, and the previous plan included half the funding of that new bridge to be covered by tolls", he said.

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Horgan said Clark's government failed to create jobs in the LNG sector which they promised in the last election.

Roy is also behind a new strategy outlined by the BC Rental Housing Coalition, which calls for a significant increase in rental and affordable housing development, adding he'd like to see the New Democrats and other parties support it.

Meanwhile, the Liberals' Mike De Jong is accusing the NDP of planning "pledging a massive increase in spending".

However, Clark said Horgan's proposal shows the New Democrats are "flying by the seat of their pants" and lack a clear plan.

Horgan said the platform is based on financial figures in the government's 2017-18 budget.

"That isn't right. We shouldn't be redistributing our tax money to the very rich, we should be making sure we spend our resources supporting people who are having trouble staying in their homes".