Judging from comments on this site, the public is in an uproar over Premier Gordon Campbell's decision to sucker-punch consumers and the restaurant industry by announcing a harmonized sales tax just 10 weeks after the election.
The B.C. Liberals told a national restaurant association before voting day that the HST was not in the party platform.
But perhaps just as troubling is what's happening on the health-care front. During the campaign, the premier repeatedly said he would protect this area.
Five days before the election, the Georgia Straight published an article in which NDP health critic Adrian Dix claimed the B.C. Liberals had a secret agenda to cut health care after the election.
“We have serious concerns about cuts that are coming,” Dix said at the time. “There will be serious cuts to the provincial health care in the next few months if the Liberals are reelected. They’re hoping to sneak their way through this election, but that’s what’s in the future."
Then-B.C. Liberal health minister George Abbott rejected that assertion. “There’s certainly not going to be any reduction in dollars,” he said.
At the time, Abbott added that 90 percent of all budgeted new spending during the next three years would be allocated to health care, bringing annual spending on health to $17.5 billion by 2011–12.
He has since been replaced by Kevin Falcon. He informed health authorities last month that they would have to find $360 million in savings because he wasn't going to increase the $8.9-billion allocation in this year's budget.
Yesterday, the Fraser Health Authority's board of directora approved cutting elective surgeries by 10 to 15 percent to cope with "projected budget pressure $130 to $160 million".
The Mission Memorial Hospital emergency room will remain open, according to a Fraser Health Authority news release, thanks in part to pressure from the NDP Oppostion, including Leader Carole James.
Meanwhile, according to an NDP news release, the authority has informed the municipal governments in Burnaby, New Westminster, the Tri-Cities, Maple Ridge, and Abbotsford that there will be cuts to addiction counselling and to support services related to sexual abuse and family violence.
The HST will cost people's jobs in the restaurant industry and probably leave less money in the pockets of consumers.
Cuts to provincial health care could cost people's lives.
Which is the most egregious broken promise? Or do you even think these constitute broken promises by the premier and the B.C. Liberals, considering that the budget has remained intact? Feel free to offer your comments below.