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  • EVENING'S DEBATE.

  • AND WE JUST UNDER TWO WEEKS LEFT

  • IN THE CAMPAIGN, THERE'S A LOT

  • ON THE LINE FOR EVERYONE

  • TONIGHT.

  • SO SETTLE IN.

  • I'M PLEASED TO BE JOINED BY THE

  • LEADERS OF BC'S THREE MAJOR

  • POLITICAL PARTIES.

  • WE HAVE THE LIBERALS' CHRISTY

  • CLARK.

  • THE GREENS' ANDREW WEAVER.

  • AND JOHN HORGAN FROM THE NDP.

  • WELCOME TO YOU ALL.

  • >>> I WANT TO EXPLAIN HOW THE

  • NEXT 90 MINUTES WILL UNFOLD.

  • WE WILL BEGIN WITH OPENING

  • STATEMENTS IN JUST A MOMENT.

  • WE HAVE CONSULTED WITH SOME OF

  • THE TOP POLITICAL OBSERVERS IN

  • THE PROVINCE TO FORMULATE

  • QUESTIONS TAILORED TO EACH

  • SPECIFIC LEADER.

  • THERE WILL BE A PORTION OF THE

  • DEBATE WHERE THE LEADERS WILL

  • HAVE A CHANCE TO QUESTION AND

  • DEBATE EACH OTHER ON THREE MAJOR

  • THEMES AND OTHER HOT TOPICS.

  • AND THERE ARE, OF COURSE,

  • QUESTIONS FROM AVERAGE BRITISH

  • COLUMBIANS.

  • WE ARE GOING TO BE OBSERVING

  • SOME STRICT RULES OF ORDER.

  • THERE ARE TIME SEQUENCES AND WE

  • ARE USING A CLOCK.

  • IF THE LEADER GOES OVER THE

  • ALLOTTED TIME, THEIR MIC WILL BE

  • CUT.

  • THERE WILL BE TIME FOR FREE

  • DEBATE BETWEEN THE LEADERS.

  • WE HAVE DECIDED ONLY TWO LEADERS

  • WILL BE ALLOWED TO DEBATE AT A

  • TIME.

  • THIS WAS A FORMAT THAT WAS

  • AGREED TO BY THE POLITICAL

  • PARTIES AND BY THE MEMBERS OF

  • THE BROADCAST CONSORTIUM.

  • SO LET'S GET UNDERWAY.

  • >>> THE ORDER OF THE EVENING HAS

  • BEEN PREARRANGED IN A DRAW WITH

  • ALL THE PARTIES AND OPENING

  • REMARKS WILL BE ONE MINUTE IN

  • LENGTH EACH.

  • GOING FIRST IS THE NDP'S JOHN

  • HORGAN.

  • Mr. HORGAN, YOU HAVE THE FLOOR.

  • >> THANK YOU, JENNIFER, AND

  • THANK YOU TO THOSE VIEWERS WHO

  • ARE TUNING IN TONIGHT.

  • >>> IN THIS ELECTION, YOU HAVE A

  • CLEAR CHOICE.

  • FOUR MORE YEARS OF THE

  • GOVERNMENT WORKING FOR THE

  • PEOPLE AT THE TOP OR A

  • GOVERNMENT THAT'S WORKING FOR

  • YOU.

  • OVER THE PAST NUMBER OF YEARS,

  • LIFE HAS BEEN GETTING MORE

  • DIFFICULT.

  • YOU ARE WORKING HARDER BUT NOT

  • GETTING AHEAD.

  • MEDICAL SERVICES PREMIUMS KEEP

  • GOING UP, HYDRO RATES KEEP GOING

  • UP, HOUSING COSTS ARE OUT OF

  • CONTROL.

  • THE SERVICES THAT YOU COUNT ON

  • AREN'T THERE FOR YOU WHEN YOU

  • NEED THEM, AND THE JOBS THAT WE

  • COUNTED ON ARE DISAPPEARING AND

  • BEING REPLACED BY LOW-WAGE,

  • PART-TIME WORK.

  • I DON'T THINK WE CAN AFFORD FOUR

  • MORE YEARS OF CHRISTY CLARK AND

  • HER RICH DONORS CALLING THE

  • SHOTS.

  • I BELIEVE THERE'S A BETTER WAY.

  • WE CAN HAVE A BRITISH COLUMBIA

  • THAT WORKS FOR EVERYBODY.

  • I WANT TO SEE AN AFFORDABLE

  • BRITISH COLUMBIA WHERE SERVICES

  • THAT YOU COUNT ON ARE THERE FOR

  • YOU AND AN ECONOMY THAT WORKS

  • FOR EVERYBODY.

  • THE PEOPLE AT THE TOP HAVE HAD

  • THEIR PREMIER.

  • IT'S TIME YOU HAD ONE THAT WORKS

  • FOR YOU.

  • >> Jennifer: THANK YOU VERY

  • MUCH, Mr. HORGAN.

  • >>> LET'S MOVE ON NOW TO ANDREW

  • WEAVER FROM THE GREENS.

  • HE HAS THE NEXT SPOT.

  • YOU HAVE ONE MINUTE.

  • >> THANK YOU.

  • GOOD EVENING AND THANK YOU FOR

  • JOINING US HERE TONIGHT FOR THE

  • DEBATE TONIGHT.

  • YOU KNOW, I'M THRILLED TO BE

  • GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE

  • WITH YOU OUR EXCITING VISION OF

  • A PROSPEROUS FUTURE FOR OUR

  • BEAUTIFUL PROVINCE.

  • LIKE THE REST OF OUR EXCEPTIONAL

  • TEAM, I AM NOT A CAREER

  • POLITICIAN.

  • I HAVE COME TO THIS AS A

  • SCIENTISTS, FOR MOST OF MY LIFE,

  • I HAVE BEEN AN EDUCATEDOR AND A

  • SCIENTIST.

  • JUST FIVE YEARS AGO, I WOULD

  • NEVER HAVE IMAGINED MYSELF AS A

  • LEADER OF A POLITICAL PARTY, BUT

  • AFTER YEARS OF CHALLENGING MY

  • STUDENTS TO BE MORE ENGAGED IN

  • OUR DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS, IF

  • THEY WANTED TO FACILITATE

  • CHANGE, I REALIZED I NEEDED TO

  • TAKE MY OWN ADVICE.

  • AND SO WHEN JAMES DIRK, THE

  • FORMER LEADER OF THE BC GREENS,

  • ASKED ME FOR THE FOURTH TIME IF

  • I WOULD RUN, I SAID YES.

  • SO SINCE BEING ELECTED I HAVE

  • TRAVELLED ACROSS BRITISH

  • COLUMBIA AND WHEREVER I HAVE

  • GONE, BRITISH COLUMBIANS HAVE

  • SAID THE SAME THING.

  • THEY ARE DESPERATE FOR A NEW

  • VISION FOR THIS PROVINCE AND

  • THAT THEY CAN VOTE FOR RATHER

  • THAN BEING TOLD WHAT THEY SHOULD

  • BE VOTING AGAINST.

  • TONIGHT I'M EXCITED TO BE GIVEN

  • THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE THE BC

  • GREEN VISION WITH YOU.

  • >> Jennifer: THANK YOU,

  • Mr. WEAVER.

  • >>> LET'S MOVE TO LIBERAL

  • LEADERICS CHRISTY CLARK.

  • YOU HAVE 60 SECONDS.

  • >> THANK YOU.

  • AND THANK YOU FOR TUNING IN

  • TONIGHT.

  • I KNOW HOW BUSY EVERYBODY IS.

  • AND I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR ALL

  • THAT YOU DO TO HELP BUILD A

  • STRONG BRITISH COLUMBIA.

  • YOU KNOW, DOING WHAT IS RIGHT

  • ISN'T ALWAYS DOING WHAT'S

  • POPULAR.

  • BUT DOING WHAT'S RIGHT IS

  • WORKING.

  • IN BRITISH COLUMBIA, WE ARE

  • NUMBER ONE IN ECONOMIC GROWTH,

  • NUMBER ONE IN JOB CREATION.

  • OUR HEALTHY OUTCOMES ARE AMONGST

  • THE BEST IN THE WORLD, AND OUR

  • STUDENTS SCORE AMONGST THE BEST

  • IN THE WORLD WHEN IT COMES TO

  • THEIR TEST RESULTS.

  • WE ARE CONTROLLING SPENDING AND

  • THAT MEANS THAT WE CAN INVEST IN

  • HEALTH CARE, IN HOSPITALS, IN

  • SCHOOLS, IN ROADS AND

  • INFRASTRUCTURE WITHOUT GOING

  • INTO DEFICIT.

  • WE ARE DOING THIS TOGETHER.

  • BUT IN THE FACE OF RISING

  • PROTECTIONISM IN THE

  • UNITED STATES, THE QUESTION IN

  • THIS ELECTION IS WHICH LEADER

  • HAS THE SKILLS TO LEAD US IN THE

  • TIME OF UNCERTAINTY.

  • WHICH OF US WILL PROTECT AND

  • PRESERVE JOBS FOR BRITISH

  • COLUMBIANS, TO SECURE A STRONG

  • BC AND A BRIGHT FUTURE?

  • >> Jennifer: THANK YOU, Ms.

  • CLARK.

  • AND THANK YOU ALL FOR STAYING TO

  • TIME.

  • WE WANT TO NOW FOCUS ON THREE

  • MAJOR THEMES TO BEGIN THIS

  • DEBATE IN EARNEST AND WE ASKED

  • FOR INPUT FROM THE PEOPLE OF BC

  • AND RECEIVED AN OVERWHELMING

  • RESPONSE.

  • THERE WAS ONE PARTICULAR THEME

  • THAT EMERGED RIGHT OFF THE TOP.

  • THAT WAS THE HIGH COST OF

  • HOUSING IN THIS PROVINCE.

  • GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE.

  • PETER DENT FROM KAMLOOPS WROTE

  • THAT HIS TWO UNIVERSITY-EDUCATED

  • KIDS SAY THEY JUST CANNOT AFFORD

  • TO BUY IN THE LOWER MAINLAND AND

  • SO THEY ARE LOOKING TO MOVE

  • SOMEWHERE ELSE IN CANADA.

  • THIS WAS A THEME ECHOED OVER AND

  • OVER AND OVER AGAIN, AND LED US

  • TO CHOOSE HOUSING AFFORDABILITY

  • AS OUR FIRST TOPIC.

  • SO THE PARTIES HAVE DRAWN FOR

  • SPOTS.

  • AND THE FIRST QUESTION FROM THE

  • CONSORTIUM GOES TO JOHN HORGAN

  • OF THE NDP.

  • Mr. HORGAN, YOUR PARTY HAS BEEN

  • PREPARING TO BECOME GOVERNMENT

  • FOR SOME 16 YEARS NOW.

  • AND AS PART OF YOUR PLAN TO MAKE

  • HOUSING MORE AFFORDABLE, YOU

  • HAVE SUGGESTED A $400 REBATE FOR

  • RENTERS.

  • NOW, WE DID THE MATH.

  • THAT WORKS OUT TO ABOUT $33 A

  • MONTH.

  • CAN YOU TELL US HOW WILL THAT

  • MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO HOUSING?

  • YOU HAVE 90 SECONDS TO RESPOND.

  • >> THANK YOU FOR THE QUESTION.

  • AND THE HOUSING RENTER REBATE IS

  • JUST ONE PART OF A MULTIFACETED

  • PLAN TO MAKE LIFE MORE

  • AFFORDABLE FOR BRITISH

  • COLUMBIANS.

  • WE HAVE BEEN RAISING ALARM BELLS

  • ABOUT THE HIGH COST OF HOUSING

  • IN BRITISH COLUMBIA FOR THE PAST

  • THREE YEARS.

  • AND WHAT WE GOT BACK FROM THE BC

  • LIBERALS WAS STONED FACES.

  • NO DESIRE TO TAKE ACTION TO STOP

  • THE FLOOD OF SPECULATIVE MONEY

  • COMING INTO THE MARKETPLACE AND

  • DRIVING UP THE COST OF HOMES

  • HERE IN METRO VANCOUVER.

  • AND IN FACT, RIGHT ACROSS

  • BRITISH COLUMBIA.

  • THE CONSEQUENCE OF THAT IS THAT

  • WE HAVE A SEEN $600,000 INCREASE

  • IN THE COST OF A SINGLE-FAMILY

  • HOME BETWEEN 2014 AND 2016.

  • IF YOU CAN'T FIND A PLACE TO

  • BUY, YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO FIND

  • A PLACE TO RENT, BUT WE CAN'T DO

  • THAT EITHER.

  • 15,000 BRITISH COLUMBIANS ARE ON

  • THE WAIT LIST AT BC HOUSING

  • LOOKING FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

  • WE BROUGHT IN THE RENTERS REBATE

  • TO MATCH THE HOMEOWNER GRANT

  • WHICH HAS BEEN IN BRITISH

  • COLUMBIA FOR OVER 50 YEARS NOW.

  • IF HOMEOWNERS CAN GET A BREAK

  • FOR OWNING A HOME, WE FEEL THAT

  • RENTERS DESERVE A BREAK AS WELL.

  • IT'S $400.

  • IT CAN GO A LONG WAY TO HELP