Friday, 20 April, 2018

Promises on jobs, affordability continue to dominate BC election campaign

BC Liberal Leader Christy Clark BC Liberal Leader Christy Clark
Melissa Porter | 03 May, 2017, 09:46

Linda Higgins became an online provincial politics sensation after introducing herself to Clark at campaign stop inside a North Vancouver grocery store.

"Premier Clark, she did not get to the bottom of this, and she made a promise that she would".

Clark said Kootenay voters are responsive to the B.C. Liberal message.

"You don't have to".

Then the woman says, "I would never vote for you because of what..."

It was a campaign-trail encounter that lasted all of seven seconds, but it blew-up into a social-media firestorm that backfired on Christy Clark and the B.C. Liberals.

Campaigning today in Merritt, Clark said the exchange is the sign of a healthy democracy because people are welcome to confront their elected leaders if they don't agree with their policies.

- NDP leader John Horgan promised investments into health care while campaigning in Kamloops on Tuesday, calling a shortfall of family doctors in the area a crisis.

For her part, Kayfish said in an interview Tuesday the goal was to tell people her brother did nothing wrong, that he was vindicated, and remind them how poorly he was treated by the Liberal government.

BC Premier Christy Clark came through the Kootenays on the last day of April, hard on the stump in Invermere, Kimberley and Cranbrook, finishing off the day's campaigning with a rally at Auntie Barb's Bakery in Cranbrook. Lobbyist Mark Marissen, Clark's ex-husband, called Higgins "an NDP plant".

"I think that this issue has probably been closed for a decade, but I would think in the near future it'll be revived", said Bing.

"And yet, if you talk to any any professional - accounting - they tell you that HST was the best way to go".

Berman said Green party Leader Andrew Weaver's climate-action plan is also strong but that the NDP's agenda is more robust, with initiatives to create jobs in the mining, agriculture and forestry sectors.

Sonia Furstenau, the Green candidate for the Valley, said that it seems that both the Liberals and NDP are promising that Cowichan will get a new hospital, but neither party acknowledges that the leadership for the project has been from the local government and the local community.

"The party needs to apologize. That's a pretty serious allegation".

The online posts list all manner of gripes against Clark's government - everything from soaring B.C. Hydro rates to overcrowded schools to backed-up emergency rooms - all with the #IAmLinda hashtag. "It shows you're not alone".

Kayfish was reluctant to say if the ultimate goal of the ad so close to an election was to influence voters and push Clark out of office.

Despite the risks, politicians can benefit from interacting with constituents, Telford added.