British Columbia

Clark, Dix start B.C. election campaigns

Election campaigns kicked off over the weekend, with Liberal Leader Christy Clark and NDP Leader Adrian Dix making election announcements.

Dix pledges to ban corporate, union political donations for 2017 election

Union, corporate contribution ban

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B.C. NDP's Adrian Dix says he would ban such political donations 2:19

Election campaigns kicked off over the weekend, with Liberal Leader Christy Clark accepting her party's nomination in front of about 100 supporters in Vancouver on Saturday.

Clark issued another challenge to NDP leader Adrian Dix, renewing her call to have him debate her one-on-one.

"Running away from debates isn’t leadership," Clark said. "Avoiding the media isn’t leadership, hiding your policies and your vision for the future, that’s not leadership. That’s not going to build our province."

Dix has said it’s unfair to exclude the leaders of the Conservative and Green parties and only agreed to debate if all four party leaders can take part.

Clark, the only Liberal to apply for the riding of Point Grey, has a 30-minute television appearance Sunday night to convince voters to give her government a fourth term in office.

Dix announces election commitments

In Vancouver on Sunday afternoon, Dix announced a number of election commitments, including his pledge to craft legislation banning corporate and union political donations for the 2017 election.

The details, he said, would be worked by a special committee that would gather input from all parties.

When asked if he would watch Clark’s television appearance Sunday night, Dix said "I don’t have cable" and that he would be too busy working on the campaign.

Both leaders also made appearances at the Vaisakhi parade in South Vancouver on Saturday.

The campaign for the May 14 election officially starts on Tuesday.