Newspaper article The Canadian Press

As Campaign Winds to an End, Party Leaders Tread Well-Worn Ground

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

As Campaign Winds to an End, Party Leaders Tread Well-Worn Ground

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Election campaign enters final days


VANCOUVER - With just days left to convince British Columbia voters of their political prowess, party leaders tried to bring their campaign messages home on Friday.

New Democrat Leader Adrian Dix was on a blitz of Vancouver Island, the NDP stronghold where the B.C. Greens are hoping to gain ground -- and where the Liberals took the unusual step Friday of taking out a full-page ad in the Island's largest circulation newspaper touting, in part, the strong environmental stance of Green Leader Jane Sterk.

"Who is strong enough to stand up for B.C.?" asks the banner across the top of the ad.

Immediately below is a photo of Sterk, who "says no to Kinder Morgan, says no to Enbridge Northern Gateway and says no to tanker traffic off our coast," it said.

In comparison, the ad said Dix and the NDP are "flip-flopping."

At the bottom of the page are the Liberals' own five conditions for approval of any heavy oil projects, which mean they have not taken a position for or against any proposal at this point.

Dix said the Liberals will say anything and do anything to stay in power.

"What the Liberals are saying is: `Our path to get to power is for you to vote Green,'" he said at a campaign event in Esquimalt.

"I say: The way to change the government, to get a new and better government, is to vote NDP."

The New Democrats held 10 of 14 seats on the Island, where the B.C. Green party has its best hope of a breakthrough next week.

Dix started his day in the Oak Bay-Gordon Head riding currently held by Liberal cabinet minister Ida Chong, and where climate scientist Andrew Weaver is running for the Greens in what is now considered a three-way race.

Indeed, Sterk spent Friday as she has spent most of the campaign -- meeting voters face to face in the few ridings where she believes the Greens have a real chance of victory.

The New Democrats spent the day making whistlestops the length of the island, while Premier Christy Clark held court at the Port of Metro Vancouver.

Clark brought four weeks of campaigning together at the shipping hub, saying getting B.C.'s and Canada's natural resources to Asian markets is vital to the province's economic future. …

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