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Jobs, Education Are Feature Issues On British Columbia Campaign Trail

The Canadian Press, 19 Apr, 2017
  • Jobs, Education Are Feature Issues On British Columbia Campaign Trail
VANCOUVER — New Democrat Leader John Horgan says he's not worried about Christy Clark's B.C. Liberals attacking the economics of his campaign platform, which contains big promises including $10-a-day child care and eliminating bridge tolls.
 
The Liberals' Michael de Jong, the finance minister in Clark's government, is set to offer a "detailed update" on the costing of the NDP platform.
 
But Horgan says his numbers are solid and based on Ministry of Finance numbers tabled in February.
 
He campaigned today at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, where he promoted his plan to eliminate interest on student loans and offer a $1,000 completion grant to people who finish their studies.
 
Horgan says if his party is elected May 9, it will also eliminate fees for adult basic education and English as a second language programs while maintaining a cap on tuition fees at colleges and universities.
 
Clark campaigned in the Vancouver area today as well, telling an event in Surrey with Liberal candidates that the Site C dam is necessary for the province's economic well being.

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