Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B.C. Premier Receives Lukewarm Reception at Chamber of Commerce Luncheon

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

B.C. Premier Receives Lukewarm Reception at Chamber of Commerce Luncheon

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Horgan gets lukewarm reception from Chamber

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VICTORIA - Premier John Horgan told a group of business leaders in Victoria that he can feel their pain, but his government won't back away from ending the medical fees charged to B.C. residents.

Speaking to a crowd of about 400 at a Victoria Chamber of Commerce luncheon, Horgan said they're committed to ending the medical services premium, placing the fee on businesses.

Horgan said he has been hearing from businesses with concerns the 1.95 per cent employers health tax on firms will increase costs and the government has formed a small business task force to look for ways to reduce that burden.

Horgan's speech also touched on climate change, Indigenous rights issues, and his government's speculation tax on vacant properties to provide more affordable housing and rental homes. …

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