Liberal and NDP leaders focus on health-care commitments
Independent candidates take on the Twitterverse today
Both the B.C. NDP and Liberal leaders are talking health care this morning, the most important issue for voters in the B.C. election, according to CBC's Vote Compass.
NDP Leader Adrian Dix promised to put $105 million into seniors' home care and residential care, $35 million for child and youth mental health, and $45 million to improve rural health care, all over the next three years.
Dix chose the Vancouver-Fairview riding of Liberal Health Minister Margaret MacDiarmid to make the announcement, much like his previous announcements on education, environment and finance, which were also in Liberal ministers' ridings.
Meanwhile Liberal Leader Christy Clark was on Vancouver Island at the site of the future Comox hospital.
"Families are at the centre of everything we stand for as today’s B.C. Liberals," said Clark.
"That’s why we are focused on growing our strong economy and creating a debt-free B.C. so that we can continue to provide families the services they need, like a new Comox Valley Hospital," said Clark.
Clark was joined by Liberal Comox Valley candidate Don McRae, who attacked Dix for his spending promises.
"The NDP's plan for out-of-control spending will only drive B.C. into debt," Rae said. "Under the NDP, health care was neglected, wait times grew and nursing jobs were reduced."
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But Dix defended his spending priorities, saying the programs would be fully funded under the previously announced NDP fiscal plan, and they would not exceed the deficits proposed by the B.C. Liberals in their last budget.
"There is a choice in this election between deep health care cuts to pay for the BC Liberals’ bogus budget and change for the better," said Dix.
Later in the day, Clark will be travelling to Nanaimo and Parksville, where she will campaign with candidate Michelle Stilwell, a four-time Paralympic athlete.
Health care, education, and the environment are the top issues for voters in the B.C. election, according to CBC's Vote Compass questionnaire tool.
Independents take on the Twitterverse
Three independent candidates running in the B.C. election will take to the Twitterverse today to answer questions about why people should vote for independents.
The event will include Bob Simpson, running in Cariboo North, Vicki Huntington, the candidate in Delta South, and John Van Dongen, in Abbotsford South.
They say they'll take questions — at the Twitter.com hashtag #Indies4BC — between 12:30 p.m. PT and 1:30 p.m. to show how Independent MLAs can be more effective provincial legislators while also being accountable to their constituents.
A news release announcing the Twitter event says independents across B.C. are offering a practical alternative to voters disappointed by MLAs who are muzzled by their political parties.