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BC NDP to roll out provincial election platform "later this week"

Nellie Chapman | 19 April, 2017, 00:54

The Liberals say they'll cap tolls on the Port Mann, Golden Ears, and future Massey bridge at $500 a year, while the NDP says it will eliminate them completely.

A day before the start of a B.C. election campaign, a new poll shows B.C. Liberal Premier Christy Clark's popularity is waning.

He says freezing the rates and removing bridge tolls will make life more affordable for British Columbians.

New Democrat Leader John Horgan has also offered voters a peek at his platform, saying his party will create jobs in every corner of the province by making public investments to attract more private-sector investment.

Meanwhile the Green Party says it too will roll out the remainder of its platform in the coming weeks, but it's skeptical of the Liberals' need for an island-specific platform.

Her own pitch in favour of the platform, delivered in a media conference at a Vancouver tech firm, relied heavily on a triumphant recounting of the government record and double counting of earlier announcements.

The change was projected to benefit some 42,000 commuters who now pay more than $500 a year and another 4,200 heavy users with an annual tolling tab in excess of $1,500.

British Columbia's privacy watchdog has rejected a provincial Liberal party request to investigate allegations the NDP breached personal information protection laws for sharing voter supporter lists with politically friendly groups.

Clark said the biggest commitments were already included in the budget the government tabled in February, including $1 billion to cut MSP premiums in half for households earning up to $120,000 a year.

"The NDP has a very slight lead - two per cent over the BC Liberals".

"I know it really bothers the Liberals when we talk about our $10-a-day child care plan, but I think it's because it's such a great idea and they probably wish they would have championed it".

With the writ to drop on Tuesday, Quito Maggi from Mainstreet Research says the NDP is ahead.