John Horgan promises no tolls and better jobs at NDP campaign kickoff

Premier Christy Clark started off the 2017 election campaign Tuesday with a visit to Government House to dissolve the legislature and begin a 28-day run to voting day on May 9.

But the NDP refuses to directly challenge the austerity policies of the Liberals, or even to roll back Campbell's tax cuts. A previous version said BC Hydro rates went up nine per cent.

Renewable-energy advocates say these payments offer incentives for homeowners to place solar panels on rooftops and explore opportunities to produce geothermal energy from their property. The NDP is pointing to years of turmoil, while the Liberals say they have brought stability to classrooms.

But Heyman stopped short of promising that individual ratepayers would have an opportunity to receive income from solar or geothermal power that they might generate at home.

Insights West conducted its poll between April 5 to 8 among 801 adults, inclusive of 625 identified as decided voters.

Overall support for the B.C. Greens is at 12 per cent, but that climbs to 19 per cent on Vancouver Island.

The Liberals alleged the NDP had agreements to share its supporter list with Strategic Communications, the municipal political parties, Vision Vancouver, the Coalition of Progressive Electors and the Surrey Civic Coalition, as well as NDP officials in Saanich.

The fact is, the budget released by Ms. Clark's government in February was effectively the Liberal's campaign manifesto. An NDP victory in British Columbia could complicate that.

Asked about the apparent conflict between what he is saying and what he is doing, Horgan said he didn't want the Steelworkers' money.

The NDP is scheduled to release its platform on Thursday, but Horgan has said the party will create jobs by making public investments to attract more private-sector investment.

Already, pipelines have proven to be one of the few issues dividing the current field of four candidates, with Peter Julian and Niki Ashton echoing Horgan's position and Guy Caron and Charlie Angus admiring Notley's approach. After provincial defeats in Manitoba and Saskatchewan past year and the party's disappointing showing in the 2015 federal election, New Democrats need a win.

The Liberals allege in the letter "there are clearly reasonable grounds to believe that a number of political organizations in B.C. have not complied with the Personal Information Protection Act".

Whether the Greens can make a critical breakthrough remains to be seen.

Those polled felt Weaver would be best at environmental issues of the three options.

The Greens have said they would not change tolling as it stands if elected.

The poll, conducted using both online and phone methodology, shows B.C. NDP support at 44 per cent, giving them a slight lead over the B.C. Liberals at 39 per cent.

The New Democrats called the complaint an attempt to divert attention from serious issues facing the Liberals on the eve of an election campaign.

  • Leroy Wright