The Liberal MLA for Kootenay East suggests the NDP budget shows they duped British Columbians during the campaign.
Tom Shypitka is reacting to the New Democrats first full budget unveiled to British Columbians Tuesday.
“It sure has a lot of fluff and good feelings to it,” Shypitka submits. “A lot of stating the obvious problems and issues in B.C. but they missed the mark, terribly, on balancing the revenue and spending.”
The NDP forecast a surplus of $219 million this fiscal year with projections for surpluses through 2020-2021.
This despite putting $6 billion into affordable housing over the next three years and $1 billion during that time toward childcare.
Shypitka argues the childcare funding doesn’t add up to the BC NDP’s campaign promise of $10 a day childcare.
“It’s a false promise. They’re promising one billion over three years, that’s $333,000,000 a year. It’s a far cry from the $1.5 billion that they promised,” the BC Liberal suggests. “[The NDP] have watered down their promises, they’re trying to meet ends meet and they overstated the promises during the election campaign.”
He goes on to say a $219 million surplus will be a drop in the bucket if BC suffers anything close to the historic wildfire season we had last year.
Shypitka did like to see the $50 million being allocated this year to support the revitalization and preservation of Indigenous languages in B.C., which he suggests will be used to keep the care and education of First Nations children within the community.
“I thought that was actually really good. I applaud them for addressing that issue. It’s a real one and we see it in our riding.”
However, Shypitka believes the overall theme of this budget is troubling.
“You know, $5.5 billion dollars in taxes. I don’t think anyone can gravitate that.”
– Liberal Kootenay East MLA Tom Shypitka