British Columbia heads to the polls on May 14th for the province’s 40th general election. The B.C. Legislature has not sat since May 31st of last year, so coverage of the province’s politics has been sparse.
The legislature resumes on February 12th with the Speech from the Throne. The budget speech will follow on February 19th, and the session will end on March 14th. The election won’t officially begin until the writ drops in April, but some recent events show that the campaigning is already underway:
- A new Angus Reid Public Opinion poll shows that support for the B.C. Liberals and Premier Christy Clark is improving. Approximately 31 per cent of British Columbians now support the Liberals, but they still trail the B.C. NDP (who have approximately 46 per cent support) by 15 percentage points. It should be noted that the incumbent Alberta PC were in a similar situation in early 2012 before coming back to defeat the Wildrose.
- Liberal Finance Minister Mike de Jong has promised to present a balanced budget when the Legislature resumes next month. The province is currently running an estimated $1.47 billion deficit. Click here for a recap of last year’s B.C. provincial budget.
- Nothing says election time like attack ads. On Monday, the B.C. Liberals released their first “installment” of ads attacking the record of B.C. NDP leader Adrian Dix. Be sure to read our blog on attack ads, which includes some ways the B.C. government has tried to regulate elections advertising.
- Updated: The B.C. NDP announced that, if elected, they would introduce legislation to ban all partisan political advertising.
- Independent MLA John Slater, who quit the Liberal party earlier this month, decided yesterday that he won’t run again in Boundary-Similkameen. On the same day, the riding’s NDP candidate, Marji Basso, stepped down due to personal reasons. Basso had been nominated in the riding 18 months ago. The Liberal candidate will be Oliver municipal councillor Linda Larson.
For more recent B.C. election news, re-visit our blog from January 9th.
Registration for the 2013 B.C. Student Vote is open, and educators can sign up their schools and classes online now. More than 260 schools have already registered to participate from across the province, including 1 in 4 high schools.
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