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New Democrats' BC vision short on specifics

The federal NDP unveiled their B.C. plans, on Wednesday but the “specific commitments to British Columbians” were by and large neither specific nor aimed exclusively at this province.

For the most part, the document is a highlights package drawn from Monday’s national platform in order to draw attention to local concerns like salmon and the film industry.

The only precise B.C. numbers were pledges to provide 13,000 additional families provincewide with access to home care and another to create 22,000 new child care spaces annually by the end of a four-year plan.

The federal New Democrats, currently running in third place in national polls, also promise to “reaffirm and enforce the oil tanker moratorium on BC’s inland coast, including the North Coast Inside Passage and Hecate Strait” and “maintain the moratorium on oil and gas exploration off the BC coast where the ecological threat is significant.”

They touch on the current state of the province’s forests by pledging to “overhaul the federal government’s inadequate program to mitigate the impacts of the mountain pine beetle and other insect epidemics.” The softwood lumber agreement would be history, according to the document, and raw log exports restricted.

And in case anyone was still unclear about where the NDP stand on the idea of a carbon tax, the BC platform boils it down: “We will not accept a Dion carbon tax on top of Gordon Campbell’s carbon tax.”

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