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BC Votes 2009 Reality Check

Does more money mean fewer jobs?

Friday, May 8, 2009 | 05:57 PM PT | (none) (0)

Mostly falseThe Liberal Party claim that a 25 per cent increase in the minimum wage would result in 50,000 lost jobs in B.C. is mostly false.You’ve probably heard Liberal leader Gordon Campbell on the campaign trail talking about the NDP proposal to raise the minimum wage. He says if the minimum wage is raised from the current $8/hr to $10/hr, 50,000 people will lose their jobs.

Here’s what he’s said on April 7, 2009, “we'll lose 50,000 jobs in British Columbia from that one announcement alone.”

On April 23, 2009 during the radio debate, “the wage recommendations [the NDP has] will cost 50,000 jobs in small business.”

On May 3, 2009 during the TV debate, “[Carole James] has to have the wherewithal to stand up to workers and say here's your pink slip, you're out of work.”

It’s safe to say he wants voters to come away thinking that in James gets in, they might be out…of a job.

We looked into where Campbell’s “50,000” number came from and what we found is that the jury is still out on how a 25 per cent minimum wage hike, or from $8/hr-$10/hr would affect B.C.

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Turning crime into political capital

Tuesday, May 5, 2009 | 05:26 PM PT | (none) (0)

During the only televised leader’s debate this election, along with themes like the economy and leadership, the would-be (and current) Premiers had to answer some questions about crime. You can watch it here.

One of the questions (which were asked by “average” British Columbians from around the province via pre-recorded video) was directed at B.C. Liberal leader Gordon Campbell: “Will the leaders commit to provincial funding for 900 more police officers in the Lower Mainland?”

Gordon Campbell answered this way: “You know and I know we were left with a significant deficit with regard to the number of police officers in the province when we were first elected. That's why we've hired over 1100 additional police officers since we were elected in 2001.”

That’s almost true: while it may have seemed to the viewer Mr. Campbell was saying 1100 additional police officers have been hired in the Lower Mainland- that’s not what the numbers say.

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Is the Green Party making hay of the swine flu?

Friday, May 1, 2009 | 11:35 AM PT | (none) (0)

Mostly falseThe Green Party claim that industrial farming is the cause of mutations like swine flu is mostly false.While most people were wondering if they should shake hands with a new acquaintance, or asking if their office mate’s new tan came from Mexico, the B.C. Green Party saw a political opportunity in the uncertainty surrounding swine flu. The Green Party’s environmental platform, encourages small scale and organic farming.

In a news release, the Green Party claimed,“B.C.’s Agricultural Policies Increase Our Risk of Swine Flu.” It goes on to say, “all a pathogen like swine flu needs in order to mutate into a dangerous form is overcrowded conditions.”

We asked leader Jane Sterk to explain what the release means, she said, "we have this risk of pandemic on all kinds of different fronts, worldwide, and there is this transition from animals to humans and so when you put animals in unhealthy conditions it's more likely that those mutations and jumps will be made to humans."

We wanted to check out if that was true.

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