MLA slams NDP budget

There was little to cheer about in the NDP's budget according to Liberal MLA Eric Foster.

The Vernon-Monashee representative blasted the NDP for a budget that he said will mostly add to the tax burden of B.C. residents.

Foster said the John Horgan government will be collecting billions of dollars from the carbon tax, a tax that Foster claimed was revenue neutral under the Liberal government.

Foster said the tax will collect $6 billion over the next three years.

“That's going to cost every man, woman and child in the province $1,100 a year,” said Foster, adding that does not account for price increases in food or any item that has to be transported by train or truck which will be subject to the tax.

People living inland and especially in Northern BC will also be hit in the wallet because the carbon tax will increase heating costs to a greater extent than those in the Lower Mainland.

Some $900 million of the carbon tax money that will go into the Clean BC program, which Foster said was done simply for the Green Party which the NDP has an alliance with.

Foster also questioned where the numbers were for the controversial speculation tax and how much revenue that would generate, adding there was no line in the budget on the tax.

Foster slammed the budget for not having a job-creation plan, for no mention of funds to widen Highway 1 or to say how other programs are going to be paid for.

Foster said there was one highlight in the budget and that was the NDP promise to get rid of interest on student loans.

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