British Columbians still on track to experience $599 million net tax hike from 2013/14 to 2016/17.
With her Cabinet unveiled, the reality of governing now takes hold for Premier Christy Clark. In setting the governments post-election agenda, the focus should squarely be on economic (income) and job growth, priorities Premier Clark clearly established during the election campaign.
If the Liberals are to deliver on a sound economy with strong employment growth, the first task should be ensuring a balanced budget this year. Doing so will then allow for an aggressive, purposeful plan for reduction in taxes in Budget 2014.
The BC Liberals and particularly Premier Christy Clark deserve the praise theyre receiving for their surprise electoral victory. After all, the Liberals reversed a double-digit deficit in the polls and ended up securing a majority government. This moment of jubilation for the Liberals and their supporters will be short-lived however, as the reality of governing in difficult times takes hold. The litmus test for the success of this government, which they themselves established, is the success of the economy and in particular, jobs.