Leaders press for votes on last day before British Columbia election

May 09, 2017, 07:34
Leaders press for votes on last day before British Columbia election

Maggi says the Greens are expected to register the highest percentage of the popular vote ever recorded by the Green Party in any Canadian jurisdiction.

- Liberal Leader Christy Clark said voters who want more jobs and less debt will have a clear choice when they cast their ballots Tuesday.

"It would be irresponsible for me to undermine any negotiating potential I would have prior to people going to vote, to actually say what we would do", he said.

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Weaver is the only leader with a positive momentum score of +13 (28% say their opinion of the BC Green leader improved since the start of the campaign, while 15% say it has worsened). However, adjusting the poll results for age turnout from the last election only makes things tighter (40% Liberal, 40% NDP).

On a recent day on the campaign trail in British Columbia, New Democrat Leader John Horgan chatted with seniors and university students inside a locally owned diner in Kamloops, met laid-off workers outside a shuttered mill in Merritt and listened to an elderly couple's story of skyrocketing hydro bills in Hope.

In the afternoon, Weaver is scheduled to campaign in other Victoria-area ridings, such as Swan Lake and Beacon Hill, and will remain in the provincial capital for the Greens' election party.

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Aaron Mueller, a teacher-librarian at Parkland Secondary School in North Saanich, accused Clark of refusing to engage with anyone but party supporters and donors. Three-in-four federal Conservatives (76%) intend to vote for the BC Liberals, while four-in-five federal NDP supporters (81%) will vote for the BC NDP.

"After 16 years of people at the top getting their way, it's time the people in this room, the people in this community and the people in this province had a government that's working for them", he said at a stop in Surrey.

- The wheels on the NDP bus went round and round after it got hung up on a bump, forcing a call for a tow truck.

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NDP Leader John Horgan tweeted that he was less anxious about his bus and more concerned about British Columbians getting stuck with four more years of Liberal Leader Christy Clark.

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