Christy Clark maintains support for AdvantageBC program, slams NYT article

Kathleen Mckinney
May 7, 2017

Liberal Leader Christy Clark started Saturday in Cache Creek in B.C.'s Interior to examine flood damage before resuming her campaign in Port Moody later in the day.

Hamish Telford, a political science professor at the University of the Fraser Valley, says Green Leader Andrew Weaver has presented himself as a credible alternative to the traditional parties and is aiming to gain three more seats for his party when voters head to the polls on Tuesday.

When asked Wednesday if they believe the woman was an NDP plant, the Liberals issued a short statement that says: "We're happy to stand corrected".

"This is nothing short of voter suppression".

In its statement, the Liberals say: "As the premier said, we are fortunate to live in a democracy where we are able to respectfully disagree with each other".

In Richmond, BC NDP leader John Horgan says that's going too far.

Liberal Leader Christy Clark is defending a little-known tax rebate program meant to attract worldwide business to British Columbia that allowed TD Bank to claim a $2.8-million refund. The Court of Appeal ruled last month that B.C. must reconsider the bank's request for a time extension to claim the money.

- Clark says the International Business Activity Act has created more revenue than it has cost and it's aimed at luring companies to B.C. after it came under more scrutiny this week when a newspaper report looked at its effectiveness as a job creator.

Mr. Horgan's Vernon presence in the campaign office of Vernon-Monashee New Democrat Barry Dorval was a less easily explained measure.

"We need to grow those kinds of programs. If people continue to vote for the lesser of two evils, they'll get the lesser of two evils, but the lesser of two evils, is still not very good".

Since then, he said the Liberals have increased funding for the program by 1,000 per cent.

BC NDP candidate David Eby is calling for the Auditor-General to investigate a shady corporate giveaway scheme spotlighted by a New York Times investigation this week.

"I guess the folks in Finance decided that (TD Bank) met that goal", she said.

"We can't risk that for our school system, we can't risk that for our health-care system, we can't risk that for seniors", Horgan said of electing Clark to an electric crowd at the Craft Corner Kitchen on Main Street in Penticton.

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