NEWS RELEASE · 22nd September 2011
BC Conservative Party
Wednesday's jobs agenda announcement by Premier Clark demonstrates a stunning lack of leadership.
According to the premier, Finance Minister Falcon will appoint a panel of small business owners, tax experts and people from government to address fallout from the HST. The panel will begin work in October. Their suggestions will be included in next spring's budget.
"Where is the leadership on this issue? The Liberals had to know that the HST vote was going down to defeat, and yet they had no plan in place to deal with the transition," said Mr. Cummins. "Business in British Columbia needed answers from this Liberal government on how best to move forward in these tough economic times made worse in British Columbia by the uncertainty surrounding the HST referendum result yet they got nothing."
"As well, Premier Clark announced an additional three million dollars to the province's Small Business Venture Capital Tax Credit."
"A measly three million dollars to the sector that creates the bulk of jobs in this province. Three million dollars, three years pay for David Hahn, CEO of the BC Ferry Corporation. Three million dollars to job creating small businesses compared to Monday's $15 million to CN Rail, the BC Liberals' favourite rail way."
"At a time of economic difficulty people not only want to hear there is hope, they need a plan that gives them real solutions. This week the Liberal government has fallen far short on providing leadership in these tough economic times."
BC Conservative Annual General Meeting Details
The BC Conservatives AGM will be held this weekend in Nanaimo.
What: Speech from the Leader, John Cummins
When: Saturday, September 24th, 2011
Time: 12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Where: Vancouver Island Convention Centre
101 Gordon Street, Nanaimo, BC