The leader of the BC Liberals is in Cranbrook for a visit with the city’s chamber.
BC Opposition Leader Andrew Wilkinson is touring the region, speaking on topics like the Speculation Tax and the upcoming referendum on electoral reform.
Wilkinson claims the leading NDP have made a number of decisions that put business around the province at risk.
“Right now, the NDP are rolling in a whole fleet of new taxes, 18 new taxes or raised taxes,” Wilkinson says. “One that hasn’t even hit the trench yet, the communities along the Columbia, is the speculation tax they call it, which is really a retirement tax. That’s scared off a lot of investment, a lot of Albertans and most of us know that Albertans matter in this part of the world.”
Wilkinson says the fear of the Speculation Tax needs to be addressed.
“Its important for local businesses to carry on and commit to that future where British Columbia is the place of opportunity, where people can get ahead, where taxes are reasonable,” Wilkinson says. “Its that sense that you’ve got to belong to a place, that its your place, and the NDP are corroding that quite quickly.”
Kootenay East MLA Tom Shypitka hopes Wilkinson’s insights on electoral reform will shine some light on the issue.
“Its not clear, its convoluted, there’s two options that you can choose from that have never been chosen anywhere in the world before. People don’t really understand what’s being put in front of them,” Shypitka says. “I’ve talked to a lot of constituents and they just don’t get it. If you don’t understand something, don’t vote for it. The way we elect our representatives is very important to us and with proportional representation, for what’s being proposed, we’re going to lose that regional representation.”
Wilkinson spoke in Kimberley Tuesday night and will be at the Cranbrook Chamber’s luncheon Wednesday.
Doors open Wednesday morning at the Heritage Inn at 11:15 am.
– Andrew Wilkinson, BC Liberal Leader
– Tom Shypitka, Kootenay-East MLA