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To me, it seems like this government is all media and marketing, and no policy or governance. Have they actually put forward any notable policy proposals since they brought in Clark as the new leader? Have they done anything worthwhile except ad buys (we can debate whether this is in fact worthwhile, but it is something they've done, for sure)? I've never voted NDP but unless there is a third-party candidate it doesn't look like I'm going to have much choice here.

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Yes, but it gets taxed when they want, which could be years after the money is already earned. Obviously this sort of scheme doesn't work for those who live paycheque to paycheque, but for the "1%", this represents a huge loss of revenue since a rich person could keep money in a corporation for years, investing it and generating more money without paying tax.

Moreover, this would make the consequences of income-spreading even more drastic. If, say, the guy were to make his kids shareholders and pay the dividends to them, he could ensure that they still in a low tax bracket and thus pay little income tax (or maybe none at all). Then, the money is still getting paid out and the government is getting far below what they should be getting in tax revenue.

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Medical isn't free or cheap for that matter. Rates go up for everything when everyone expects a raise every year.

Red Herring? Hydro rates are relatively cheap compared to the rest of Canada or N.A. for that matter.

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Christy Clark can not lead this province anywhere but down. And that's hard to do since the province has been going down hill since 2001. The Liberal party are full of inept people that dont have a clue. The Liberals main concern has always been to please their corporate supportors with back room deals. Now that they are behind in the polls they are trying anything and everything to grasp to power. Why do you think there has been such an exodus of long time Liberal politicians? They dont believe in Chrsity Clark. Neither do I and neither should anyone else.

Chritsy Clark is all tangled in the B.C. Rail scandal. From her brother to her ex-husband to Patrick Kinsella. Where there's smoke, there's fire. Rich Coleman is just a big thug who couldn't care less about BC residents except that they keep electing him and fatten his pension. Didn't he call Surrey council members and try to intimidate them into voting for the B.C. casino he wanted in Surrey?

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Let us be frank here... no matter which party wins, the province of BC loses. The NDP and Liberals are both terrible choices. If you ask me, BC is fracked regardless. The prospect of a NDP government is downright scary. If you have the chance, move out, there are greener pastures elsewhere. Economy is going to tank, jobs lost, high taxes, low wages, high cost of living, etc.

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If you examine the BC Dipper history, the Liberals by comparison look to be the best alternative. In politics you do not have to be great, just better than the other guys.

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Up until the HST fiasco I would have agreed with you, but now? I mean how hard is it to put your policies in your platform? That mess set us back years, and there's been nothing since but propaganda and press conferences.

On another note, what is going on with Vaughan Palmer lately? The guy is seriously out for blood.

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The "HST fiasco" was bizarre and clearly demonstrated why tax policy should not be an exercise in direct democracy.

The Zalm was aided and abetted by the BC NDP in a campaign of misinformation. I would put as much of the blame on the NDP as the Liberals.

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I've never voted NDP but unless there is a third-party candidate it doesn't look like I'm going to have much choice here.

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you keep saying that every chance you get but have yet to back it, which seems strange coming from someone like who you normally has no problem with creating a long post.

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The "HST fiasco" was bizarre and clearly demonstrated why tax policy should not be an exercise in direct democracy.  

The Zalm was aided and abetted by the BC NDP in a campaign of misinformation.  I would put as much of the blame on the NDP as the Liberals.

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you keep saying that every chance you get but have yet to back it, which seems strange coming from someone like who you normally has no problem with creating a long post.

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yeah you're right what do the people know, who needs democracy anyways right? Let's try Facism instead, right? Yeah and let's blame the NDP for the Liberials horrible job (even the Liberials admitted this) in implementing the HST after saying earlier pre-election they wouldn't. When A gov't has such a dramatic change of heart they damn well better explain why and obviously the referdum results show they failed to do that, how is that the NDP's fault?

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The HST thing was a joke. People in the NDP saw that people didn't know very much about the HST, and spun it in their favour to attack the Liberals over it. Same deal with the smart meter thing. "We don't like them either.. but we won't do anything unless you vote for us."

It's kind of made things suck in BC as far as government stuff goes. The NDP can't seem to win in a fight unless they're doing something to try and make the Liberals look bad. Seems like they've more or less given up trying to actually run in a more logical way, and just kind of sit around trying to get lazy votes. Both parties have sucked here, there's just no alternative. NDP has a horrible history here, and they just sit there trying to stab the Liberals in the back and resort to "We'll only do stuff for you if you vote for us."

Still a shame about the HST. It cost so much money to remove it, and it was actually nice as far as a tax went. As much as you can blame the Liberals for not giving enough details, it's even worse that most people shot it down without knowing anything about it either.

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The HST thing was a joke. People in the NDP saw that people didn't know very much about the HST, and spun it in their favour to attack the Liberals over it. Same deal with the smart meter thing. "We don't like them either.. but we won't do anything unless you vote for us."

It's kind of made things suck in BC as far as government stuff goes. The NDP can't seem to win in a fight unless they're doing something to try and make the Liberals look bad. Seems like they've more or less given up trying to actually run in a more logical way, and just kind of sit around trying to get lazy votes. Both parties have sucked here, there's just no alternative. NDP has a horrible history here, and they just sit there trying to stab the Liberals in the back and resort to "We'll only do stuff for you if you vote for us."

Still a shame about the HST. It cost so much money to remove it, and it was actually nice as far as a tax went. As much as you can blame the Liberals for not giving enough details, it's even worse that most people shot it down without knowing anything about it either.

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And who's responsibility is to inform them? Blame whoever you want for spreading misinformation, the Liberals did a piss poor job of explaining it themselves.

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The HST thing was a joke. People in the NDP saw that people didn't know very much about the HST, and spun it in their favour to attack the Liberals over it. Same deal with the smart meter thing. "We don't like them either.. but we won't do anything unless you vote for us."

It's kind of made things suck in BC as far as government stuff goes. The NDP can't seem to win in a fight unless they're doing something to try and make the Liberals look bad. Seems like they've more or less given up trying to actually run in a more logical way, and just kind of sit around trying to get lazy votes. Both parties have sucked here, there's just no alternative. NDP has a horrible history here, and they just sit there trying to stab the Liberals in the back and resort to "We'll only do stuff for you if you vote for us."

Still a shame about the HST. It cost so much money to remove it, and it was actually nice as far as a tax went. As much as you can blame the Liberals for not giving enough details, it's even worse that most people shot it down without knowing anything about it either.

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