Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B-C Update

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B-C Update

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(BC-Clark-Election)

Even though the next B-C election is more than a year away, Premier Christy Clark was electioneering in a speech in Vancouver today.

Speaking to the Urban Development Institute, she warned that voters will have a choice between a free-enterprise team that looks after their money and the free-spending N-D-P.

Clark did not mention the Conservative party, which is now tied with the Liberals in voter support, according to an on-line poll conducted by Angus Reid.

The poll puts the N-D-P in first place overall among B-C voters, with Opposition leader Adrian Dix enjoying an eight point lead over Clark as the person most preferred as premier. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Gateway-Funding)

The N-D-P says the transportation strategy announced by Premier Christy Clark today is long on rhetoric and short on details.

Clark said the private sector will spend about 24 (b) billion dollars and her government about 700 (m) million to expand port facilities, roads and rail lines over the next eight years to boost trade with Asia.

But N-D-P transportation critic Harry Bains says Clark gave no breakdown of where the provincial money will be spent and he wonders if she's just re-announcing old projects.

He says Clark's promises are so vague they could refer to any highway project and there might not be any new money involved. (The Canadian Press)

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(BC-Teachers-Dispute)

The B-C government says it's plowing all the money saved during last month's three-day teachers' strike back into the school system.

Education Minister George Abbott says most of the 37 (m) million dollars in savings will go to the Learning Improvement Fund to provide direct student support, while the rest will go to school boards for individual district priorities.

The B-C Teachers Federation has said the Learning Improvement Fund has far less money than required to keep up with inflation in making improvements in the school system.

Last week, Abbott announced that academic Charles Jago had been appointed mediator in the bitter contract dispute with teachers. …

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