Andrew Wilkinson
Andrew Wilkinson

A recent column by Premier John Horgan (“NDP government looks to make grade”) paints a rosy picture of a strong British Columbia economy.

Unfortunately, the reality is that B.C.’s NDP government has set our province on a path from first to worst.

The NDP inherited an economy that led the country in employment and economic growth. Since then, we’ve seen 18 new or increased taxes, costing the average B.C. family about $1,000 per year.

These extra costs are especially difficult for British Columbians experiencing job losses. Since August 2017, the only job growth we’ve seen has been in the public sector. The private sector lost 40,000 jobs between June 2017 and June 2018.

The NDP should be supporting innovation and entrepreneurship. Instead, they are driving away opportunity for British Columbians while rewarding their political allies. This summer, the NDP unveiled their Union Benefits Agreement. This is a blatant payoff for their longtime union donors and forces hardworking British Columbians who want to work on bridges and other taxpayer-funded projects to join a union of the NDP’s choice.

The Premier says that a healthy housing supply is vital to our communities and to our economy. But his actions don’t line up. There are a million new British Columbians moving here over the next two decades. Where will they live? John Horgan and the NDP are working to discourage new housing construction when they should be making it easier to get British Columbians working to house British Columbians.

The bottom line is, the things the NDP are doing simply won’t work. In fact, they’ll make affordability and our economy worse. Even more worrying is what the NDP aren’t doing: building new housing, and making sure there are opportunities so our children can chase their dreams.

The NDP has no excuse. Their government inherited a thriving economy, balanced books, and a surplus. Since taking office, they’ve piled on tax after tax, and have no plan to grow the economy or generate jobs outside the public sector. That’s no way to run a province, and the cracks are starting to show.