BC Liberals focus on tolls, tax credits in election platform



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The B.C. Liberals estimate the toll caps, which would go into effect on January 1, 2018, will cost the provincial government $30 million annually.

Billing their promised cut to medical premiums as "a billion-dollar tax cut", the BC Liberal Party released a stand-pat election platform Monday that vows to control spending and hold income taxes at current levels.

"Those things really matter to people, and there is only one party that has a plan to deliver tax cuts, to keep government small and to make sure that we are creating jobs for ordinary working British Columbians".

The party is estimating the new promises - including putting a cap on the Port Mann and Golden Ears bridge tolls - will cost an additional $157 million by 2019/20.

Drivers using the Port Mann and Golden Ears bridges would pay no more than $500 a year, providing an annual savings of over $1,000 a year for commuters using them to travel back and forth to work. The B.C. Liberals forecast this will cost $2.5 million a year.

"BC Hydro rates have gone up 87 per cent since the BC Liberals came to power, 30 per cent since Christy Clark became premier, three and a half per cent last Saturday, on April 1st", Horgan said. It preserves scheduled increases in BC Hydro rates, which Clark said remain the fifth lowest in North America.

Horgan didn't offer much in the way of specifics or details, saying that would have to wait until the party unveils its official election platform on April 13.

"What I've noticed about Christy Clark is when she gets backed into a corner, she just makes stuff up", he said.

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