Dear Editor:

Norm Macdonald and the New Democratic Party continue to try and fool people into believing that the tax system in B.C. is not fair, which clearly shows that neither he nor his party have any understanding of the tax facts achieved by the BC Liberals in this province, and furthermore demonstrates a disturbing and growing trend on his part to omit the truth in his rhetoric.

Since forming government, the BC Liberal policy has been clear. We believe in putting money where it belongs back in peoples pockets and to this end we have achieved undisputable success. As a result of our tax cuts, over 325,000 low income British Columbians now pay no provincial income tax while other low income earners have seen reductions of more than 70 per cent.

British Columbians now have the lowest income tax burden in Canada for everyone earning up to $118,000, which means that for a family of four earning $30,000 a year they receive nearly $1,000 a year in savings. The BC Liberal Low Income Action Credit provides British Columbian families earning up to $35,000 or less with an annual payment of $105 per adult and $31.50 per child.

Our party created the Rental Assistance Program providing low working families with children whose combined income is less than $35,000 assistance with their rent. We increased the Home Owners Grant by $100 and eliminated the threshold for low-income seniors, veterans, and persons with disabilities.

We have reduced MSP premiums for 180,000 people, while Fair Pharmacare resulted in 300,00 people paying less in drug costs than they did in 2001. The Healthy Kids Program provides $700 per child, per year for additional dental care on top of MSP Premium Assistance.

Weve provided enhancements to programs such as child care subsidy, where a single parent of two kids under age six earning up to $38,000 a year have seen their annual child care subsidy double to over $14,200 a year, representing almost a $7,000 increase.

Under Premier Clarks Family First agenda British Columbians will see even more programs focused on strengthening our provinces economy and providing for our families.

When it comes to the Harmonized Sales Tax, the intent of the revised HST plan that was proposed by Premier Clark would have seen a 2 per cent decrease in taxes to British Columbians and a 2 per cent increase in taxes to BC corporations; far from the class struggle Macdonald and his party would like people to believe.

In addition, let us not forget that under the BC Liberals our province still maintains its AAA credit rating and a low debt compared to the $3.8 billion structural deficit we inherited from the NDP.

People throughout the riding are telling me that they grow very tired of the current MLA telling them what the BC Liberals have not done and the deliberate omissions in his statements.

What they do want to know is whether theres actually a measurable achievement that Norm Macdonald and the NDP can take credit for in the last six years in this riding? The ruthful answer, I am unable to find one.

Doug Clovechok

BC Liberal Riding Association President