Bc Budget

The Devastating Opportunity Costs Of B.C.'s 'Balanced Budget'

Lizanne Foster | Posted 02.25.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Lizanne Foster

I have a friend who is so poor that sometimes he will buy one can of tuna so that both he and his cat can eat. He's not the only B.C. citizen trying to make the most of extremely limited resources. He certainly considers himself luckier than those who sometimes can only afford to eat pet food.

Balancing The B.C. Budget

Dermod Travis | Posted 02.23.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

Petty. One word that springs to mind after last week's B.C. budget. At best, it's a lip service budget. Tweak here, tweak there, but devoid of any ...

On B.C. MLAs And Taxes

Jordan Bateman | Posted 02.17.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

Finance Minister Michael de Jong pulled out some bright red lipstick and smeared it all over the Medical Services Premium (MSP) tax pig in the 2016-17...

Foreign Home Ownership To Be Tracked By B.C. Gov't

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.16.2016 | Canada British Columbia

"This is a big change."

Winners And Losers In B.C.'s Budget

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.17.2016 | Canada British Columbia

What you need to know.

B.C. Is Going To Help Its First-Time Home Buyers

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.15.2016 | Canada British Columbia

The idea is to coax buyers into the red-hot market.

B.C. Government Ain't Santa Claus

Jordan Bateman | Posted 10.22.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

During 10 days of public meetings, special interest groups demanded $18.6 billion from the provincial government. It's 40 per cent of the province's annual budget. It's more than B.C. spends on health care. It's a ridiculous amount of money.

B.C. Expects Budget Surplus Despite $380-Million Wildfire Season

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.15.2015 | Canada British Columbia

B.C.'s projected surplus has dipped $7 million from last February's forecast, but the province is still on target to post a $277 million surplus by the end of the year.

We Shouldn't Be Celebrating The B.C. Liberal Government's $1.7-Billion Surplus

Sarah Miller | Posted 07.18.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Sarah Miller

They have closed 24 out of 68 courthouses, 10 jails, 176 schools and 85 per cent of legal aid offices. It's really not hard to see where all the extra money came from.

The Struggle is Real for Families in B.C.

Sarah Miller | Posted 06.23.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Sarah Miller

You can only hide behind your "Families First" catch phrase for so long before families start to wake up and realize that we all deserve so much better then what you have to offer.

Top 10 Reasons B.C. Needs A New Government

Sarah Miller | Posted 05.13.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Sarah Miller

These are all issues that every citizen can relate to and some of them, if not addressed soon, could be the downfall of our province.

B.C. Finance Ministry Fact Sheet Pulls Classic Bait And Switch

Dermod Travis | Posted 05.14.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

B.C. may very well have some of the lowest personal income tax rates in Canada, but that doesn't mean the lowest tax bill. So doing that "lowest personal income tax" thing is a cute trick, but at the end of the day it's a trick. And not a particularly empathetic one.

Premier Christy Clark Has Left Us No Choice

Lizanne Foster | Posted 04.25.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Lizanne Foster

What choices can I make as an individual taxpayer with the money you say you have saved me? I can't provide a better public transportation system. I can't provide more doctors or more nurses. I can't ensure our elderly are cared for.

B.C. Budget 2015: The Status Quo Isn't Good Enough

Charles Lammam | Posted 04.21.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Charles Lammam

De Jong should be commended for B.C.'s exclusive membership in the balanced budget club. But with its commitment to the status quo, the government misses an opportunity to build an even better economic future.

B.C. Budget 2015 Pushes Dream Of White Picket Fence Further Out Of Reach

Dermod Travis | Posted 04.21.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

But what's really killing off the economic hopes of most British Columbians is the incessant nickel-and-diming by a government that lacks the political will to set personal income tax rates at a level where the tax burden is shared fairly among everyone in B.C.

B.C. Budget Balanced, But LNG Boom Nowhere To Be Seen

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.19.2015 | Canada British Columbia

Finance Minister Mike de Jong's budget projects a surplus of $284 million.

It's Time To Take The First Real Step Towards A Debt-Free B.C.

Jordan Bateman | Posted 12.21.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

You may not realize it, but you're drowning in debt. In fact, we all are.

B.C. Deeper In Debt Despite Claims Of Balanced Budget

Charles Lammam | Posted 11.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Charles Lammam

"B.C. is currently on target to balance the 2014/15 budget," declared B.C. Finance Minister Mike de Jong while unveiling the government's latest financial update. In reality, however, B.C.'s government debt will grow again this year.

B.C. Budget Surplus $200M Higher Than Forecast

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.14.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - British Columbia's post-election budget surplus came in $200 million higher than forecast, but the province's finance minister said that do...

B.C. Losing its Tax Advantage -- and Its People

Jordan Bateman | Posted 04.30.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

Our beautiful landscape, outdoorsy way of life, and mild weather can only overcome a certain amount of taxes. People are already beginning to vote with their feet, leaving our province for greener pastures -- another spin that will continue to speed up if the BC Liberals do not reverse course.

B.C.'s Budgetary Sleight Of Hand

Dermod Travis | Posted 04.30.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

The funny thing about provincial budgets is that sometimes they tell you a lot more about a government's attitude than what the politicians might have intended when they first wrote the document.

B.C. LNG Tax Too High: Companies

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.25.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - One of the first questions British Columbia's Finance Minister Mike de Jong was asked when he introduced the Liberal government's proposed ...

B.C. Budget Quotes

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.20.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - Quotes on the B.C. budget:———"The budget in one or two words? I came up with three — a triple-b budget — boring, balanced budget....

B.C. Budget By The Numbers

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.20.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - Some highlights from B.C.'s 2014-2015 budget:— The budget projects surpluses of $184 million for 2014-15, $206 million for 2015-16, and $...

B.C. Budget Leaves Families Behind

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.20.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - Families First was a surprisingly successful slogan for Premier Christy Clark's Liberals, but families aren't necessarily first in the gove...