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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 8:30 am    Post subject: Race begins for B.C. provincial election Reply with quote

Race begins for B.C. provincial election

By Dirk Meissner, THE CANADIAN PRESS


Liberal leader Gordon Campbell smiles at the start of the B.C. Provincial election. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

VANCOUVER, B.C. - The B.C. election campaign officially started Tuesday with the leaders of both major parties accusing each other of attempting to sell economic plans to voters that will kill jobs during tough economic times.

Premier Gordon Campbell said the New Democratic Party's campaign platform is chilling and could result in at least 60,000 lost jobs in the green sector, while NDP Leader Carole James said British Columbia has already lost 25,000 forest industry jobs under the Campbell Liberals and last month posted the highest job losses in Canada.

The economy and who voters trust to manage it during a recession are expected to be the major issues in the campaign, which will see Campbell seek his third consecutive mandate May 12. James is fighting her second campaign as Opposition leader.

Both leaders held boisterous rallies in Vancouver Tuesday evening.

"The Opposition says they want to take B.C back - back to the 1990s, back to the time of more taxes, back to the time of increasing debt, back to the time of British Columbia being a have-not province," said Campbell at the rally at his own Vancouver riding headquarters.

"We are not going there," he said to about 150 supporters who crowded into his campaign office. "We are going forward to make B.C. even stronger in the future."


Campbell said the New Democrats plan to tax the oil industry and add more costs to small business.

"This is a time to protect jobs," he said. "This a time to encourage investment. This is not a time for taking risks. This is not a time for experiments. This is a time for prudent leadership."

James told about 400 cheering supporters that Campbell has done more than his share to kill jobs in British Columbia.

"He should have a look around," she said.

"Job losses - worst in Canada. Eighty thousand British Columbians out of work in the first three months of this year alone. Child poverty - worst in Canada. Spending on care for seniors - worst in Canada."

Campbell said the election is the most important vote in a generation and the stakes are enormous during a time of worldwide economic distress.

The New Democrats are appealing for British Columbians to "Take Back B.C.," but Campbell said a vote for the NDP will take the province back to the economic troubles of the 1990s, when B.C. was lagging behind other provinces economically.

"All could be lost in a single day," Campbell told reporters in Victoria earlier in the day, after visiting the lieutenant governor to have the legislature dissolved and start the official campaign. "It's not a time to turn back. It's a time to look ahead."

The Liberals will release their platform on Wednesday.

James hit the campaign trail early Tuesday, well before the premier visited Government House.

She said the latest unemployment numbers prove Campbell's economic plan isn't working.

"People will be looking to say who do they trust to take care of them, their family and their community during these difficult economic times," she told supporters.

James said predictions are that unemployment will continue to rise and that the Liberal government is completely out of touch with what's been going on in B.C.

"For two years, Gordon Campbell has ignored the issues that people have been facing in rural B.C. and forest communities. And now again when we see job losses coming, we see the premier saying 'Don't worry, British Columbia will get through this, everything's fine,"' she said.

"Well it's not fine for families. This is a government that has made life more difficult for British Columbians."

A redistribution of seats means there are now six more ridings, for a total of 85, up for grabs in an election that's largely turned the tables on predictable party lines.

Campbell's big-business, pro-development Liberals enter the campaign promoting themselves as friends of the environment and champions of aboriginal rights.

The Liberals were forced to retreat from an aboriginal reconciliation bill last month after some of the party's traditional big-business supporters revolted over the bill that would have entrenched aboriginal title.

For their part, the New Democrats have drawn fire from some of their traditional green supporters with their pledge to cut the provincial carbon tax.

James said all other jurisdictions are moving to a cap-and-trade pollution system.

She told New Democrat supporters that an NDP government will put people back to work with infrastructure and green-technology investments and by revitalizing the forest industry.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

be a tough choice to decide who to vote for there if i could , the bc liberals deserve to be punished for introducing something as stuiped as there carbon tax , the ndp are well not much of an option , i think there are some other right of centre parties running there although they don't have any seats i think i'd go for one of them even if it meant spliting the vote .
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 9:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It will be interesting to see how B.C. votes in this election.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 8:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Let's hope the BC Conservative Party finally gets the kick-start they need. The choice between the Liberals and the NDP isn't appealing...

-Mac
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 20, 2009 2:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most Recent Poll:

Liberals: 52%
NDP: 35%
Green: 13%

If I had to float a guess today:

Liberals: 58
NDP 21 seats
Green 0 Seats
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 20, 2009 2:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mac wrote:
Let's hope the BC Conservative Party finally gets the kick-start they need. The choice between the Liberals and the NDP isn't appealing...

-Mac


The BC Conservative Party is not that much more appealing as it sits...
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 20, 2009 3:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For a province that sent a ton of reform MPs to Ottawa, there provincial choices seem to be rather pathetic...at least from a conservative POV.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 20, 2009 3:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cosmostein wrote:
Most Recent Poll:

Liberals: 52%
NDP: 35%
Green: 13%


Was this a poll of party affiliation of CBC employees?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 20, 2009 4:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From out here in the Boonies of B.C. If you had lived in B.C. under the NDP then even Gordon Campbell looks good. The view at the moment is a close race.
It is sad, but the fact is the option of Having the loonie left return to power is real so it's worth it to stick with Campbell. Just think youth unemployment back to 20% social workers and nutbar teachers running ministries. The labour Unions calling all the shots on laws and Union contracts for public servants and hospital workers.
Tax's so bloody high we get so darn poor we can all resort to the food bank.
Out here the issue is not an academic one, it's the reality of going back to having a bunch of shop stewards and teacher/social workers run the province.
It's a sad day, but the options are so limited and so frightening that I wish the upstart
conservatives knew the risks.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 20, 2009 5:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ezbeatz wrote:
For a province that sent a ton of reform MPs to Ottawa, there provincial choices seem to be rather pathetic...at least from a conservative POV.

I've read several pundits who suggest that BC support for Reform was much more closely tied with populism and regionalism than attraction to a conservative ideology. Apparently most Reform voters in BC would vote NDP as their second choice...
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