More than $700 million in new spending in BC NDP platform

Horgan says the yearly housing subsidy would apply across the entire province and be available to all tenants, regardless of their income.

"It's affordable. It makes sense".

The NDP says it will phase out medical service premiums and eliminate interest on student loans if it wins the May 9 election.

BC NDP Leader John Horgan made some big promises today at a news conference in Vancouver.

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Clark said the NDP's "scheme" to use a $500 million fund generated from liquefied natural gas revenues to eliminate tolls on two major bridges will harm future generations.

A new two per cent speculation tax on property owners who don't pay income tax in B.C.is projected to raise $200 million annually.

BC Liberal Finance Minister Mike de Jong said the NDP plan would cause a return to operating deficits or force an additional income tax increase, and would likely lead to a credit rating downgrade for B.C. He estimated that just the previously announced NDP promises would total more than $2.5 billion annually, and the whole package would ultimately cost $4 billion more a year.

But on Thursday, he officially unveiled the party's platform and it which includes hundreds of millions of dollars in new spending.

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The NDP say they will find the money to cover the lost revenue by reallocating the prosperity fund, intended by the BC Liberals to hold government revenues from the yet-to-be-launched LNG industry.

Pushing the party's platform for creating jobs and maintaining a strong economy, Clark promised tax breaks for new companies and more seats in science and technology education programs - initiatives already included in the provincial budget.

"Certainly it's hard for one to be working for our government and then also supporting candidates who would be opposed to the successful construction of the Kinder Morgan pipeline".

"This is a powerful island team to take the government of British Columbia and give it back to the people of the provinces, it's exciting for me and it's exciting for us", Horgan told supporters.

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Loyd is charged with killing an Orlando police lieutenant earlier this year. AP writer Ana Ceballos in Tallahassee, Florida contributed to this report.

Lorraine Brett, who is running in New Westminster for the B. C. Liberals, said her party will continue to work with the mayors and support the 10 year plan. With files from Camille Bains in Vancouver.

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