British Columbia's privacy watchdog has rejected a provincial Liberal party request to investigate allegations the NDP breached personal information protection laws for sharing voter supporter lists with politically friendly groups. NDP leader John Horgan has visited Clark's old ridings to tell voters why she should be defeated, as well as campaigned in key battlegrounds such as Surrey, North Delta and Osoyoos.
The BC Liberals released their election platform Monday, promising four more balanced budgets and repeating commitments made in the February budget, including a 50 per cent reduction in medical services premiums starting in 2018.
The Greens captured a single seat in the legislature last election, but Leader Andrew Weaver is predicting a breakthrough for his party when British Columbians head to the polls in four weeks.
"People are ready for politics to be done differently", he added. It is not clear which of the two big parties would benefit the most.
- With files from Laura Kane and Geordon Omand in Vancouver.
Eleven named storms predicted this hurricane season
The numbers are below the median number of storms between 1981 to 2010 (12 named storms, 6.5 hurricanes, 2 major). The chance of landfall along the East Coast is 24 percent, well below the long-term average of 31 percent.
As B.C.'s provincial election officially kicks off on Tuesday, a new Ispos poll sheds some light on the issues that matter most to voters and which party leader they feel is best qualified to be B.C.'s next premier. The government imposed a 15 per cent tax on foreign buyers in Metro Vancouver to help cool the market and restore hope that home ownership was still achievable for people who feared they couldn't afford to live in their communities.
The B.C. Greens have been campaigning too, including announcing a multi-part climate change plan and free child care for children under the age of three who have working parents. The investigation involves both the Liberals and NDP.
- Linda Kayfish, the sister of a health researcher who was sacked by the province in 2012 and later killed himself, accused Clark at a news conference of being "callous and cynical" in her government's response to a recent report by British Columbia's Office of the Ombudsperson about the firings. The Liberals say they fought for increased environmental protections from Ottawa and economic benefits from the company behind the project. The promise of riches from proposed liquefied natural gas operations have yet to appear.
Clark adds her government will focus on smart transit expansion, and if elected, will welcome ride-share companies like Uber to the province later in the year.
"That is the X-factor for us right now because we have seen so many elections where the improbable becomes not just probable but reality", Valentin said in an interview.