Reaction to the B.C. Provincial Budget

B.C. Liberal MLA Mike de Jong delivered the provincial budget Feb. 19, 2013 (Chad Hipolito/The Canadian Press).
Tax increases for some.

And tax credits for others.

The provincial budget tabled yesterday is a balanced one, but it relies on selling plenty of government property and on a number of projections.

Is this a document that can win the spring election for the Liberals?

Ray Pillar is a retired political science professor from Thompson Rivers University.

He joins Shelley in studio.

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The 2013 B.C. budget's costs versus projections of forest fire fighting. The $134 million figure shows the current amount, while the numbers to the right show projections (image courtesy Government of B.C.).
While any government has to guess at a few things when looking ahead a year, there is one area constantly under-projected: Forest fire fighting.

This year's budget projects $63 million will be needed to fight fires, even though it has actually cost double that or more in three of the last four years.

In 2009, it cost almost $400 million to fight all of B.C.'s forest fires.

Forestry critic and Revelstoke MLA Norm McDonald joins Shelley on the line now for more.

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