Peace River North candidates Dan Davies and Trevor Bolin were asked at the Oct. 14 public forum about their party platforms on income taxes. Here are their responses:
Trevor Bolin: "When we rolled out our recovery plan for B.C., it was based on ensuring that we didn’t go into a farther, larger deficit than we’re already in. B.C. and Canada as a whole is in trouble financially.
"It’s one thing for people to always say we’ve balanced the budgets, or for provinces to say we’ve balanced the budgets. But when you’ve got this gigantic, looming deficit that’s hiding behind you, that’s going to pump up when grandchildren and great-grandchildren start paying taxes, there’s a problem.
“We looked hard at things that would immediately affect families, and part of that was ensuring that income threshold was changed, so that low income and medium families were paying less in taxes and ensuring more was left in their pocket. They’re going to spend it at local stores, they’re going to spend it in neighbouring communities.
“It goes along the lines of building our economy, not hiding funds or trying to eliminate PST. For example that would be $7 billion. Who knows where that money’s going to come from.
"We wanted to give a realistic approach, to help people understand that you don’t have to giveaway funds, or you don’t have to start waiving all sorts of taxes in order to help families where it literally will help them the most, and that’s what’s left in their pocket at the end of the month.
Dan Davies: “One of the things we’ve looked at is to review the 24 new and increased taxes that have happened over the last 3.5 years. Personal income tax obviously is one of those that’s going to be part of that.
"One of our points we’re looking at is eliminating the small business income tax, again another piece to support small business so that they can in turn still remain viable. With this big looming threat that we’ve heard a couple times tonight, about 30% of the business is shutting down, we need to be there to support people.
"We have committed to reviewing tax policy in British Columbia, and that’s all tax policies to make sure that we are doing it right. I don’t necessarily think we are."
Danielle Monroe, candidate for the NDP, did not attend the forum, and has not responded to press inquiries.
General voting day is Oct. 24 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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