Let’s come together and build a better BC

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John Horgan Leader of the B.C. New Democrats
John Horgan Leader, BC New Democrats
John Horgan
Leader, BC New Democrats

For 16 years, Christy Clark and the BC Liberals have put the wealthy and well-connected first, while ignoring the rest of us.

In those 16 years, a generation of students have gone to school in overcrowded classrooms. Today they’re graduating from university saddled with debt.

Young families, held back by low wage jobs and ballooning taxes and fees, have spent sleepless nights worrying about finding child care, and how they’re going to pay for it.

Seniors aren’t getting the care and respect they deserve.

Families young and old are shut out of the housing market because Christy Clark failed to act on runaway real estate prices.

You have a clear choice in this election. A government that ignores the problems you’re facing, or a government that makes life better.

The BC NDP will make life more affordable. My priority is to give people relief from Christy Clark’s endless hidden taxes and fee hikes.

We’ll eliminate Medical Services Plan Premiums in our first term, starting with a 50% cut on January 1 of next year.

We’ll make life for renters more affordable with a $400 renter’s rebate. We’re also going to close the loopholes that let bad landlords jack up the rent on people.

We’ll bring in $10 a day child care so that you don’t have to go into debt to get quality care for your kids.

We’ll put a cap on tuition and make student loans interest free, with a $1,000 completion grant.

And we’ll put a stop to Christy Clark’s hidden plan to bring back the HST. It’s a bad tax that hurts consumers. We will say no to the HST.

We’re also going to improve the services you count on.

We’ll start by building 114,000 homes for people – including co-ops, social and affordable market housing. We’re making big investments in transit too, so that people can get home faster and have more options to get around.

And we have a plan to stop the cuts to health care and education, and build hospitals and schools for people.

We’re going to invest in good jobs and a sustainable economy. We’ll start by creating 96,000 jobs building the homes, hospitals, schools and roads we need. And we’ll make sure our economy keeps growing with investments in skills training, tech, and innovation.

We’ll take strong action on climate change, and ensure that polluters bear the costs of climate action, not ordinary families who are just trying to get by. That includes a rebate cheque that will go to 80 per cent of people.

There’s a lot of stake in this election. We can’t afford another four years of rising costs, cuts to health care and education, and part-time jobs with low wages.

And we can’t suffer another four years of politics dictated by big money and big donors.

We have to change the government to make it happen. This election will come down to every last vote. We have to come together to defeat the BC Liberals and build a better BC.

The people at the top have had their premier. It’s time you had someone who was working for you.