NDP leader John Horgan kicks off his party’s campaign in Surrey on Sunday. (Katya Slepian/Black Press)

John Horgan promises no bridge tolls and better jobs at NDP campaign kickoff

The NDP leader attacked the BC Liberals on education, jobs and their handling of Crown corporations

Lower costs but better jobs and services – that was NDP leader John Horgan’s motto as he kicked off his party’s provincial election campaign in Surrey on Sunday.

“Three simple commitments: lower costs, better services and good jobs for the future,” Horgan told a packed banquet hall.

It’s still two days before the election writ is officially dropped but Horgan didn’t waste any time attacking the BC Liberals track record on education, the environment and healthcare.

READ: B.C. teacher approve deal with province, end 15-year-long bargaining battle

“Nine out of 10 seniors care facility in British Columbia do not have the resources they need,” Horgan said.

He took aim at the province’s healthcare system.

“Here we’ve got hallway medicine emerging,” said Horgan, citing the story of a senior who laid on a bed in the Eagle Ridge Hospital hallway for 36 hours.

READ: Surrey patient ‘shocked’ after being stuck in hospital hallway for days

Horgan also took on Premier Christy Clark’s recent promise that the Liberals would cap bridge tolls at $500 per year.

“We’re going to eliminate them. Zero dollars a year,” said Horgan.

WATCH: Mayors’ Council piles on the pressure for B.C. to ‘cure congestion’

“We’re going to work with the Mayors’ Council,” said Horgan. “The Massey Tunnel replacement project is not supported by the local mayors.”

When challenged on how the NDP would pay for any expansion at the Delta-Richmond crossing, Horgan said it would be paid for like any other capital project.

“You amortize that over a longer period of time.”

Just Posted

Grant funding denied for Fort Rupert Curling Club’s new roof, District on the hook for full costs

“I think we did our job in helping the curling club have a facility that is no longer leaking.”

Port Hardy Fire Rescue puts out structure fire

Approximately 20 firefighters responded to the incident.

Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw warns dealers and bootleggers they are not welcome

“My hope is that our community works together on this problem as one.”

Ladysmith marijuana producer bought by Aphria in $230M deal

Ontario licensed marijuana producer Aphria has reached an agreement to acquire Ladysmith-based… Continue reading

Tri-Port Midget Wild shutout Clippers at home, continue red hot winning streak

Tri-Port Midget Wild forward Mackenzie Murgatroyd scores natural hat trick, leads team to victory.

B.C. boy denied $19,000-per-month drug to ease ‘crippling pain’ for 3rd time

Sooke mom Jillian Lanthier says son Landen Alexa has been forgotten about by Premier John Horgan

Did you get Hitched in Courtenay on Sunday?

The first annual wedding show saw big crowds and included two fashion shows

Senior randomly stabbed in B.C. mall food court

Woman arrested after victim, 71, suffers serious injuries

North Island Midget Eagles vs. Tier 2 Campbell River Tyees photo gallery

The North Island Midget Eagles lost 5-2 to the Tier 3 Campbell River Tyees.

January Hot Spots!

Find out what’s happening in the North Island this month

B.C. Liberal hopefuls begin final leadership push

Five MLAs, one outsider pitch policies to party members

North Island Bantam Eagles vs. Comox Valley Chiefs photo gallery

The Chiefs defeated the Eagles at the Doug Bondue Arena in Port Alice.

UPDATED: ‘Young, innocent’ teen hit during Vancouver shootout dies

15-year-old Coquitlam boy was in a car driving by the scene

Ontario man charged with selling Canadian’s usernames and passwords

Ontario man ran site that peddled billions of pieces of personal data: RCMP

Most Read