VICTORIA (June 13, 2018) – Responding to the BC government’s tentative contract agreement with public sector employees, BC Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson vowed to ensure the deal is not a pay-off to BC NDP supporters.
“Our fine public servants deserve to share in a prosperous provincial economy, but when it comes to the BCGEU, an organization that has donated $2,715,433 to the NDP since 2005, added scrutiny is key to ensuring a fair deal for everyone,” said Wilkinson. “It’s no surprise the NDP has been able to come to terms with one of their biggest political supporters, and the public deserves to know where their money is going and why.”
The BC Liberal government implemented bonuses that resulted from economic growth. Today’s announcement comes with no such incentives related to growth and very few details altogether aside from guaranteed wage increases each year of the agreement.
“The BC NDP have so far shown themselves to be good at raising taxes and spending your money – while attacking small businesses with payroll and other taxes to job creators,” said Wilkinson.
“This government continues to create tax policy on the fly. They’re making changes that impact the revenue projections their own budget is based on. It’s something all British Columbians should be concerned about,” added MLA Shirley Bond, Finance Critic. “Job growth is stagnating and the economy looks to be slowing down. Time will tell if this deal will need to be paid for with more hefty tax increases.”
Last month British Columbia lost 16,000 full time jobs and job growth year over year was stagnant.