Campbell Misled Public on NDP Finances, Will McMartin, The Tyee, April 20, 2005:
In 2001 the incoming premier called NDP finances “worse than we anticipated.” His briefing binders, gained by The Tyee through an FOI, told him the opposite.
Mere days after winning the 2001 general election with promises of honesty and accountability, incoming premier Gordon Campbell misrepresented the province’s finances by portraying the massive surplus he had inherited from the defeated NDP as an enormous deficit.
He had every reason to know otherwise.
The facts were plain to read in the transition binders …obtained by this writer through a Freedom of Information request.
In the third binder of seven, prepared by finance ministry bureaucrats, was an up-to-date accounting of provincial finances.
The numbers in the binder confirmed the strength of B.C.’s economy at the time, and the astonishing transformation of the province’s fiscal situation. It was a financial picture even better, in fact, than the rosy scenario the NDP had based its budget upon three months earlier…
In 2005, BC voters were treated to a new set of whoppers:
British Columbia has huge reserves of green power that could stimulate enormous economic development and employment opportunity, with as many as 400,000 new jobs over 25 years, and establish BC as a leader in renewable energy, according to a report released today…
In 2013, the BC Liberal Party prepared scripts for another election campaign. Big lies had worked before; they would work again.
Premier Christy Clark today announced the establishment of a new British Columbia Prosperity Fund …from the development of a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry.
…LNG development is poised to trigger approximately $1 trillion in cumulative GDP within British Columbia over the next 30 years and that means more than $100 billion will flow directly to the Prosperity Fund.
Province-wide, LNG is expected to create on average 39,000 annual direct, indirect and induced full-time jobs during a nine-year construction period. As well, there could be as many as 75,000 full-time jobs required once all LNG plants are in full operation.