VANCOUVER - B.C. New Democrat Leader Adrian Dix has brushed off Liberal party claims that leaked documents reveal a veil of secrecy connected to his party's plans if it forms the next government.
On the eve of the election, Dix said the accusations are nothing more than Liberal scare tactics.
"It's disrespectful of the voters to keep playing these games, Dix said at a campaign stop in Courtenay, B.C. "Our platform is our agenda for government and that is clear."
He was responding to Finance Minister Mike de Jong's comments about an NDP policy document claiming the party would eliminate independently owned beer and wine stores, cut funding to private schools while providing free post-secondary education and nationalize independent power projects.
"That is a philosophical approach to governance that will influence a whole series of decisions, whether or not Mr. Dix ever reveals that or confirms that directly that is an attitude towards the development of our future that apparently exists within the leadership of the NDP," de Jong told a news conference.
"I haven't heard that term 'nationalize' for years," he said, referring to the document titled Imagine Our Future, from a November 2010 meeting of the NDP's provincial council.
Dix replied that the Liberals should instead have a news conference on their real deficit, the debt, the jobs plan, the failed attempt to bring in the HST and the BC Rail debacle, which had the government paying millions of dollars in legal fees to two former employees.
The NDP document was revealed by the Liberals to reporters on Monday and lists a "dream tree" of ideas such as the nationalization of dental care, housing, childcare and home support.
The document also calls for the province to get out of the Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement, which came into effect in July 2010 between B.C., Alberta and Saskatchewan.
De Jong said the deal amounts to a freer movement of goods between the three provinces and has attracted support from across Canada.
He said British Columbians should be wary of the NDP's philosophical leanings before they head to the polls, adding the Liberals remain cautiously optimistic of a victory as the race between B.C.'s two main parties tightens significantly.
Dix said he expected the election to be close.
"If people want change they have to stick together and vote NDP," he said. "We want to govern and make things better for B.C. And that's what this election is about."
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