If re-elected, British Columbia premier will impose coal tax

Violet Powell
May 3, 2017

The statement cited Ms. Clark's previous statement that "we are fortunate to live in a democracy" where respectful disagreement is possible, though it did not include any apology to Ms. Higgins or express any contrition. This carries on the theme of achieving a debt-free B.C. from the previous election in 2013, plus a $100-million "LNG prosperity fund".

"The Liberals are saying 'This is as good as it gets.' And the public's saying 'We can do better than this.' And a better B.C.is nine days away".

And she suggested she could fight fire with fire.

With just over a week left in British Columbia's election campaign, the leaders spent Sunday out on the hustings trying to shore up votes.

From Invermere to Kamloops, this message has been repeated at every Liberal event with Clark since last Thursday. But as we wait, I commit today that we are going to do whatever we have to, whatever it takes to stand up for...

He said the hard negotiations on the softwood file will be conducted by officials linked to the Canadian and US governments, but Clark's strategy to focus on her history as a determined politician, her experience and charisma are all factors weighing in her favour with voters.

"In preliminary work we estimate that this levy could be about $70 a tonne, and with the current price of thermal coal at about 80 bucks USA, the levy would make thermal coal shipped through British Columbia utterly uncompetitive in the global market", Clark said.

Clark, whose Liberal party is neck-and-neck with the opposition New Democratic Party in polls ahead of a May 9 election, last week called on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to ban thermal coal exports through British Columbia.

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But in the absence of any action by Ottawa, Clark now says if the Liberals are re-elected, they will take immediate action on their own. Not just my concerns.

"It's very limited what Christy Clark can do regarding the softwood lumber dispute".

"Is now the time to double the carbon tax, to hike biz taxes, to hike personal income taxes, when we are facing a rising tide of protectionism and a tax-cutting government south of the border?" she said.

Would that get Trump to back down, or make things worse?

Horgan says there isn't a plan for how much each rebate will be worth. He said the Liberals' claim that she was working on behalf of the New Democrats went too far.

"It's not someone you're engaging with in any real way anyway".

"I think it would be disastrous for jobs in our province".

Higgins shook the premier's hand and said, "I would never vote for you because." and was cut off by Clark who told her, "You don't have to".

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