VANCOUVER â€” A look at some key developments from Day Eight of the B.C. election campaign for each of the parties:
â€” Leader Christy Clark visited a concrete company in Fort St. John that is working on construction of the Site C dam and said the project is bringing thousands of stable jobs to northern B.C.
â€” Clark said the province needs affordable and clean power, and Site C is the only way to achieve that goal.
â€” Clark said more than 275 businesses from B.C. are involved in the dam’s construction.
â€” A new report by researchers at the University of British Columbia is calling for work on Site C to be suspended because of its cost compared to other energy sources, but Clark says for the $8.8-billion project to meet the province’s future energy needs construction has to take place now.
â€” Leader John Horgan wants the B.C. Utilities Commission to review Site C and decide whether it should proceed, saying a business case needs to be made for the hydroelectric project.
â€” He also announced a community partnership fund that would upgrade and build community infrastructure projects, with an initial investment of $30 million over three years.
â€” The NDP is promising to expand apprenticeship and trades training to help fill the 96,000 jobs that would be created through new school, hospital, highway and home construction.
â€” Leader Andrew Weaver released the Greens’ health-care platform, which promotes wellness by emphasizing prevention and primary care.
â€” The party also wants to create a mental health strategy and develop quality end-of-life care.
â€” The plan would include $100 million for an integrated primary-care system using teams of health-care professionals, such as nurse practitioners, physiotherapists and midwives to enhance access to family doctors.
The Canadian Press