Hansard, May 28, 2015Recommend this post
The notion of a Debt-free British Columbia — hard to imagine when you've seen $135-billion increase in debt and contractual obligations under the B.C. Liberal watch. But somehow, in the fantasy world of the B.C. Liberals, you can make the assertion that we will be debt-free; you just don't have to realize it.
It's these assertions of reality that, I think, have most British Columbians perplexed. You say we're going to be debt-free, yet the prospect of that is not even remotely on the horizon. You say we're going to be the most open and transparent government in Canada, yet you have political staff deleting public records.
...she said repeatedly yesterday during these debates, that she's leaving more money in people's pockets. It's clearly not the case, unless you are in the top 2 percent of wage earners. The only solemn promise that the B.C. Liberals kept from 2013 was to give a tax break to people making over $150,000 a year.
A $236-million hit to the treasury, no increases in welfare rates, no increases in disability programs, no increases for real wages, 20-cent increase in the minimum wage — two dimes to rub together for those working for the least amount that they can be paid. Twenty cents. But for millionaires….
Millionaires will get a $17,000 rebate from the provincial treasury. That's putting money into people's pockets. Sadly, 98 percent of the people don't have access to that...