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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...

What A Balanced Budget Means For Ferry-Service

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

VICTORIA - B.C.'s transportation minister is defending ferry-service cuts, particularly on minor and northern routes, saying the high cost of low ride...

Budget Is 'Boring, Balanced,' Says De Jong

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.20.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - British Columbia's Liberal government tabled a balanced budget Tuesday, delivering a fiscal blueprint that forecasts three years of surplus...

B.C. Budget Balanced, Promises Finance Minister

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.18.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - British Columbia's finance minister says the budget he is preparing to table Tuesday is balanced, but Mike de Jong is issuing the same warn...

She Swears B.C. Budget Is Balanced

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.24.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - British Columbia Premier Christy Clark repeated her promise of a balanced budget Wednesday, less than a month before her government tables ...

When Is B.C. Budget Day 2014?

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia

B.C.'s Liberal government will unveil its budget on Feb. 18 this year. The government was on track to balance its books with a surplus of $165 mill...

Balanced Books?

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.26.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - Job growth in British Columbia has stalled, but it's too early to call Premier Christy Clark's highly-touted jobs plan a bust, Finance Mini...

B.C. Keeps AA Credit Rating

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - B.C.'s finance minister says fiscal discipline and relatively low and affordable debt is behind the reconfirmation of the province's AA-hig...

The Cliché That's Costing B.C. Big Time

Jordan Bateman | Posted 12.09.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

Whether BC Liberal or NDP, governments have grown reliant on the cash flowing from ICBC and BC Hydro ratepayers. Any suggestion of reduction is met with ministerial shrugs and the talking point: "How would we fund health and other services without that money? Should we raise taxes?" Yet, the ignored solution can be found in another cliché: How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.