Here's a transcript of comments political leaders made on the economy in today's televised debate.
B.C. Liberal Leader Gordon Campbell:
“When you’re talking about the economy, I think it’s fair to ask the question why there is not one major employer group in British Columbia in mining, in tourism, in forestry that actually supports the New Democrats’ policy. A billion dollars of additional taxes is not the right route to go. It will just jeopardize jobs all over the province. The attacks on small business will jeopardize 50,000 jobs alone. It’s time actually to build on our successes and make sure that we move into the 21st century together.”
Green Leader Jane Sterk:
“The Green Party believes that this is a prime time with this economic downturn that we transform our economy from one that’s based in fossil fuels to one that’s based in renewable energy. And we would do that in every region of the province. We would create new jobs and new industries in exciting green technologies throughout the province so that people can feel that they can have the kind of lifestyle they want where they want to live.”
NDP Leader Carole James:
“In these difficult economic times, people need to know that there is leadership that will put them first. Our plan does that. It’s in fact Gordon Campbell who’s increasing your taxes. We’re decreasing taxes for individuals, for families, for businesses. We’re making investments in things that matter: mining, agriculture, rural British Columbia, education, and health care. We’re doing that within a fiscally responsible plan, a balanced budget in four years, and putting you and your family first. That’s what people are looking for in these tough times.”