Green Party set to play spoiler as BC election officially kicks off

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Lt. -Gov. Judith Guichon has agreed to dissolve the legislature and issue the writ of election in 87 ridings, after a meeting Tuesday with Premier Christy Clark at Government House in Victoria.

"The only people who are paying tolls in British Columbia are those who live south of the Fraser and have to use the Port Mann or the Golden Ears to get around". The Golden Ears has lost $280 million since it opened in 2009.

Horgan calls the current tolling system "unfair", saying that the system punishes people based on their geography.

Surrey's mayor says dueling BC Liberal and NDP pledges to reduce or scrap bridge tolls may be good news for commuters, but leave a lot of questions for politicians.

McArthur explained that the Personal Information Protection Act applies to private organizations in B.C., including political parties, and there are two circumstances that can result in an investigation. "They're like a ship without a rudder now; they're all over the map", he said.

The formalities set the stage for a 28-day campaign and a bid by the BC Liberals for a fifth consecutive term in office. The region is likely to be a key focus for both the Liberals and NDP, with one extra riding up for grabs in Surrey after redistribution. With a sprinkle of new tax credits for seniors and an increase in training for working single parents, the platform mainly promotes measures included in the government's pre-election budget.

"We're going to eliminate them". She announced plans to teach coding starting in Grade 6, establish an "innovation hub" in Vancouver's Robson Square featuring a new University of British Columbia data science centre, and create 1,000 new post-secondary spaces in science, technology, engineering and math.

The Liberal platform also promised to cut the small business tax to two per cent, phase out provincial sales tax on electricity for all businesses and commit to four more balanced budgets.

The provincial Liberals are not linked to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberal Party and are more right-leaning.

NDP leader John Horgan and Green Party leader Andrew Weaver also had public events in Vancouver to start the first day of the formal campaign.

The poll, conducted using both online and phone methodology, shows B.C. NDP support at 44 per cent, giving them a slight lead over the B.C. Liberals at 39 per cent.

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