As all governments in Canada are in budget restraint mode because of the economy, the B.C. NDP party still wants its wish list.
Their list is, hire 20 more judges, restore legal aid funding to 2001 levels, a public inquiry into the Babine Forest Products fire, run a community court in Surrey, establish 1,500 additional social housing units, increase forest inventory research, reverse reduction in forestry budget, forego B.C. Hydro net income, freeze B.C. Ferry fares for 2014/2015, seniors to continue riding B.C. Ferries for free, eliminate interest on student loans, reverse reduction in advance education budget, and establish a ministry of woman’s equality.
Total estimated cost to the B.C. taxpayers, $1,425,444,500.
B.C. Liberal government says no, but if the B.C. NDP opposition were government, they would just increase income tax in the province to justify the wish list. – the whole reason why the NDP sits as the opposition in the provincial legislature.