A scan of 40 speeches by Premier Christy Clark shows that the Liberals are scrambling for an economic strategy because they have relied entirely on the HST.
The speeches, obtained by the official opposition through Freedom of Information, make it clear that the Liberals were counting on the HST when they thought that they could buy the referendum with taxpayer-funded promotional campaigns and additional millions in private promotion of the unfair tax by their friends.
“Premier Clark’s Seinfeld-style announcement earlier this week showed the lack of a plan for jobs, even though she claims to have spent a lot of time thinking about how important jobs are during her summer vacation,” said New Democrat finance critic Bruce Ralston.
“We heard recycled old rhetoric about cutting red tape and getting government out of the way of job creation. But this is a pretty different tune than Ms. Clark was singing at the Kitsilano Chamber of Commerce in May, where she bragged that the HST would generate billions in economic growth and create an estimated 24,000 jobs – over a 10-year period. This is, of course, down significantly from their earlier estimates of 113,000 jobs over 10 years.”
Ralston notes that while the earlier Clark speeches promote the HST, the premier mentioned it only once on the radio talk show where she reappeared after vacation.
“It's clear the B.C. Liberals are out of gas and out of ideas. They have been fixated on salvaging the HST for the past two years, with nothing changing under Christy Clark's leadership,” said Ralston.
“During this time real issues that matter to families, like declining family income and high unemployment, have been ignored. They have no plan and appear to be reaching back to the mean old days of Gordon Campbell’s slash and burn approach.”
Ralston notes that the speeches, which are scheduled to be publicly posted on the B.C. government’s Open Information website this weekend, feature a number of events and announcements in constituencies where there were former Liberal MLAs and Clark supporters.
Adrian Dix and B.C.'s New Democrats campaigned to encourage British Columbians to vote yes to scrap the HST which is an unfair shift of the tax burden from big corporations onto B.C. families and small businesses.
[The speeches can be found here
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