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IN THE NEWS: ICBA’s Gardner Talks BC Election Results

They are still counting votes in the BC election, and one of three outcomes could happen:

  • The BC Liberals could flip an NDP seat, such as Courtenay-Comox, and form a bare majority government
  • The BC Liberals could hang on to a minority
  • The BC NDP could flip a BCLP seat or two and form a minority government

At any rate, it’s worth noting that nearly 10% of the ballots in BC have yet to be counted. Absentee ballots are counted May 22-24, so all eyes will be on those results.

Meanwhile, the Journal of Commerce is digging into what it all means for construction and responsible resource development:

Chris Gardner being interviewed, via the phone, by a reporter.
Chris Gardner being interviewed, via the phone, by a reporter.

Chris Gardner, head of the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association of British Columbia (ICBA), was excited about some of the new blood the Liberals brought into B.C. politics through the election, but he felt the uncertainty ahead could be bad for the construction industry.

“If this result holds, that would inject a level of uncertainty in terms of government policy and government priorities that we haven’t seen in a long time,” said Gardner. “It would throw doubt into a number of projects and initiatives.”

During the election, the ICBA supported the Liberals, touting their five straight balanced budgets, a top-level credit rating, low personal income taxes, the near-elimination of operating debt and the 220,000 new jobs created since 2011. They also were pleased with Clark’s efforts to get major energy and infrastructure projects started.

The George Massey Tunnel Replacement project, Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline and Pacific Northwest LNG, were just some of the massive, multi-billion dollar projects Gardner said could now be at risk.

Despite this, Gardner praised some new faces in the Liberal Party, including Jas Johal, Tracy Redies and Ellis Ross.

“Those three are all new and the BC Liberals have done a good job of attracting new candidates,” he said.

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Robert in Vancouver
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People who voted NDP and Green are often the ones demanding more spending on social programs, health care, and education. They are also the ones who block most income streams gov’ts need to pay for everything.

Blocking pipelines, LNG, mining, forestry, oil extraction, and other projects gaurantees there won’t be enough money to pay for social programs, health care, and education.

Are these people incapable of understanding where money comes from to pay for gov’t services? Or have they been brain-washed by teachers and media who are mostly radical left-wingers?

George esper
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Short term thinkers, government will just borrow more money to pay for those services until we turn into venazuala

cookie in coquitlam
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You are so right. Yet the core of British Columbia voted for NDP. These are very wealthy, and upper class people in west vancouver, north vancouver and central Vancouver. I just can’t comprehend the madness. Lets hope their taxes are out of sight, including moonbeam Mayor Robertson.

Vic
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If the socialists had one gram of understanding of how an economy works they would not be socialists. It’s that simple.

Vic
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Socialists complicate their ideology when they add phony politically motivated scientific theories into their agenda and mix it all together with their lack of economic understanding. No wonder they have such crazy notions as to how a country should be run.

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