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Construction has a lot at stake in coming provincial election

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British Columbians will be headed to the polls to choose their next provincial government in a few weeks, which is why the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association has come out with a newsletter aimed at reminding people about the NDP record in the 1990s – and what’s at risk if they return to power.

“Some people want to push the NDP’s record into the past. But there’s truth to Winston Churchill’s line that those who forget history are doomed to repeat it,” said ICBA President Philip Hochstein. “Our latest Construction Monitor newsletter looks at both the history and the kind of policies and economic accomplishments at risk with an NDP win.”

ICBA’s Construction Monitor not only lays out the job-creating investments, infrastructure purchasing, and a balanced approach to labour relations that are at risk with an NDP win, it also puts them up in black and white in a way that can be easily shared.

“We map out what’s at risk for the province in an easy to share poster – a way that people can share the information with their friends, colleagues, and their employees,” Hochstein said. “It’s important that people get a chance to see the information and decide for themselves what the best path forward is for their province.”

The report also has a one page highlight of the 1990s in numbers. The numbers on that page include 1999 (the year BC became a have-not province), or -3.1% (the residential building permit growth in 1998).

“British Columbia fell behind the last time the NDP were in power – and sacrificed jobs and investments in that era. The construction industry was one of the hardest hit in that era,” Hochstein said. “All we’re doing with this report is offering people a simple reminder about those times. It’s up to them to decide if they want to follow that path again.”

You can download the Spring 2013 Construction Monitor here.

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