BC FORUM News from the Advocate, Spring 2017
What she said, what she did
Some commentators say that Christy Clark is a great campaigner. She certainly makes lots of promises. Here’s a short comparison of what she promised four years ago and what she actually did.
Freeze personal income taxes
• Gave a 2 per cent income tax cut to people who earn more than $150,000 a year. Tax giveaways to the wealthiest 1% average $38,711 per person per year.
• Hit ordinary families with a huge shift to regressive taxes and fees while ensuring the richest British Columbians pay a lower rate of tax than everyone else.
Provide affordable energy rates for families
• BC Hydro rates up 28 percent.
• While the dream of owning a home died for thousands of ordinary families, Christy Clark pocketed millions in donations from real estate developers. She refused to close loopholes for speculators.
Improve health care
• Health care spending per person reduced from second to eighth in Canada.
• Access to home support reduced by 30 per cent.
• Access to residential care beds reduced by 20 per cent, while shifting to private for-profit care.
• Failed to meet minimum staffing requirements at nine out of ten residential care facilities.
Recognize the unique struggle facing persons with disabilities
• Took away their bus passes.
Address classroom size and composition challenges
• Fought against it every step of the way until the Supreme Court of Canada ordered her to do so, the culmination of a 15 year battle started by Christy Clark when she was minister of education.
Grow a strong forest industry
• Six fold increase in raw log exports.
• 100 mills closed.
• 30,000 jobs lost.
Create and support jobs in the province’s technology sector
• Government expenditure on information technology: just under $700 million a year.
• Amount that goes to B.C. firms: less than 10 per cent.
• The big winners: multinational corporations.
Support shipbuilding in B.C.
• New B.C. ferries built in Germany and Poland.
Protect our coastline
• Approved a seven-fold increase in oil tanker traffic.
LNG: “It’s no fantasy”
• Hired former Liberal Leader Gordon Wilson as an LNG advocate at $150,000 a year.
• Number of LNG facilities built: 0.
Christy Clark’s “Debt free BC”
• Increased the provincial debt from $45.2 billion to $65.3 billion.
• Increased the debt to GDP ratio from 21.7% to 26.7%.
• Increased provincial debt per capita from $9,969 to $13,942.
• Approved long-term contractual obligations – mostly for expensive private for-profit power generated on public rivers and streams – that now total $101 billion, far higher than any other province.