August 10, 2016

BC Conservative leadership candidate vows to repeal “job-killing” carbon tax

Christopher WilsonRebel Commentator

British Columbians are nine months away from their next provincial election. When they do go to the polls, the BC Liberals will be entering their 16th year of power. Will there be a better alternative for voters?

I speak with BC Conservative Party leadership candidate Chloe Ellis to find out what the BC Conservatives are offering.

Not surprisingly, Chloe feels BC is not being represented well either nationally or on the world stage.

Watch as Chloe explains how a party led by her would repeal the job-killing carbon tax and how they plan to strategically choose ridings where two free enterprise candidates could run to avoid handing the province over to the NDP.

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commented 2016-08-11 15:52:46 -0400
William, well that is very smart of the BC Cons then. My riding is a shoe in for the NDP.
commented 2016-08-11 11:47:10 -0400
Cameron Robock, you mean like the NDP is doing in Alberta? How do you get to the NDP delivering what you described?
commented 2016-08-11 10:57:36 -0400
I hope the Ndp in bc go to a Tommy style government period. Jobs jobs jobs. Lower taxes, lower taxes, lower taxes. And proper book keeping with reducing debt and balanced budgets period. Then after that worry about environment and social programs. It’s called live with in your means.
commented 2016-08-11 02:25:18 -0400
Sean Penson says, “The carbon tax is extremely popular in the Greater Vancouver area”. Hey Sean I got news for ya. There is more to BC than the Greater Vancouver area. Why don’t the people of the Greater Vancouver area, just pay more income tax every year, if they want so badly to give the government a fatter revenue stream.
commented 2016-08-10 22:18:29 -0400
Excellent round of comments: her emphasus on ‘renewables’, panning LNG, life-long politition…
I pretty much quit listening when she referred to new hydro as a ‘paradigm shift’. Haven’t heard that phrase in ages- hated it when it was in common use.
commented 2016-08-10 21:14:38 -0400
I really hope that there is not any benefit to the NDP.. in 2 3/4 years down the road we have the potential of eradicating the NDP from provincial leadership… (I use the term ‘leadership’ very loosely).
commented 2016-08-10 21:10:53 -0400
The carbon tax is extremely popular in the Greater Vancouver area, and it would be very stupid to remove it.

Of course, the neo-con Socreds are upset
commented 2016-08-10 20:05:19 -0400
At least she is a live one. The conservatives have been dead weight in BC forever. She has a lot of good ideas, but as HMYQL said, she lost me at ‘renewables’. Not interested in spending one penny on any schemes. Its not the right time we don’t need it. Also what’s wrong with LNG. She said she was interested in bringing resources to market and then she dissed LNG?

She is going to stop the provincial carbon tax, because ‘it doesn’t do what it was meant to’. I can take that two ways and I don’t like either of them. What would she have instead? I smell a different tax with a different name.
There were a lot of things she could have said that she didn’t. She is still going to pander to the enviro nuts, (she mentioned the “climate crisis” which she feels needs to be addressed), unless she meant properly preparing for the normal variables in the climate, and not playing the “man-made climate change” game. I would love to see the conservatives or another right leaning party grow in BC. I get the feeling she is on board with the ‘new and improved’ conservative party, a shift which is as big a mistake federally as it is provincially. Liberal light is nobody’s party.

I appreciate that she is considering strategies to insure the NDP don’t get a hand up with the cons splitting the vote though.
commented 2016-08-10 20:00:59 -0400
Agreed when she spurted out the word renewable that was the end of the end of that story.
Just another Socialist in blue.
Only choice in this province is to bite onto the red machine to keep the dippers at bay. best of the worst
commented 2016-08-10 17:18:04 -0400
I listened till she said ‘renewable’; i stopped listening after that. oil and gas is as green as it gets; till she understands that, i’m afraid for b.c. conservatives.
commented 2016-08-10 16:57:06 -0400
But Ms. Ellis said the Conservatives will NOT run candidates in ridings where a split vote could allow a NDP MLA to win. She said she would only run candidates in ridings where the combined Liberal/Conservative vote is more than double that of the NDP, so even if the right splits the vote, the NDP still can’t win. In other words, in those ridings you can oppose the Liberals with a Conservative vote and not worry at all about a NDP candidate winning.
It would also make sense to run BC Cons in certain ridings where the Liberals don’t have the slightest chance of taking from the current NDP MLA.
commented 2016-08-10 15:05:17 -0400
Jack…that’s what I’ve been doing…since the BC Conservatives are pretty much dead it’s essential that the liberals retain power in the province or the dippers will certainly win again…not acceptable…
For example on Vancouver Island last federal election all but one ridings went dipper the one was green!
commented 2016-08-10 14:24:04 -0400
The problem is half of BC voters are scared shitless about the NDP taking power here again, so they hold their nose and vote BC Liberals. I use to mock those voters, but seeing what is happening in Alberta, I might just vote, yuck, BC Liberals again to avoid economic Armageddon.
commented 2016-08-10 13:44:03 -0400
I have a question. When did the BC PC’s become an NDP or Green party? This only highlights the BC Liberals as the only slightly right of center party in the province.
commented 2016-08-10 11:22:56 -0400
It was smart to mention strategic ridings to elect BC Conservatives w/o splitting the vote allowing for a NDP MLA win, such as Surrey-Cloverdale or Peace River South where the combined Liberal/Conservative vote would not allow for a NDP win even if split evenly (68% and 74%).
It would also be interesting to see how well BC Cons do in ridings where the Libs don’t have a chance, such as John Horgan’s riding and others that are solid NDP.
Realistically, if a number of BC Cons are elected, they could hold a balance of power in a minority gov’t, thus keeping a NDP or Liberal government in check.
Good Luck Chloe
commented 2016-08-10 10:46:27 -0400
A lot of bromide in my opinion. Two thoughts:

1. Ms. Ellis brags about being a professional politician since she was a young woman. I would have been more interested in what she has done for real work and her success rate at that work.

2. In the closing, she talks about the need for politicians to educate the people. This is the type of arrogance that turns me away, because it reminds me of Redford/Notley. Politicians should be the ones getting educated by listening to the people.

Hopefully the B/C conservatives have better candidates.