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    Green party targets use of tax money for political attack billboards

    Green party targets use of tax money for political attack billboards

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    VANCOUVER — Green party Leader Andrew Weaver is calling for a ban on the use of taxpayer money for political attack ads after the B.C. Liberals bought billboards blaming Premier John Horgan for a spike in gas prices.
    The digital billboards along commuter routes on the Lower Mainland say "Gas prices?" and "Spending more to commute?" followed by "Blame John Horgan."
    It's not the first time a provincial political party has used its caucus funding for partisan purposes and Weaver says that needs to change.
    Green party house leader Sonia Furstenau will bring the issue to the multi-party Legislative Assembly Management Committee to "ensure it considers that a policy be brought in that would no longer allow taxpayer funding of partisan ads."
    What that policy would look like — such as whether it would apply only to caucus funds or to any taxpayer money — would be determined by the committee if it approves the idea.
    There's no law or regulation explicitly prohibiting a party caucus from using its fund for political purposes, Weaver says.
    "There should be, but there's not," he says.
    Weaver took aim at the billboards not only over how they were paid for but also for portraying information that's "blatantly false."
    It's misleading to suggest the NDP government is solely responsibly for gas prices that have reached heights of $1.70 per litre on the Lower Mainland when restricted capacity at Washington state refineries is a major factor, he says.
    "The whole is worse than the sum of the parts. You have taxpayer money being used and you have incorrect information," Weaver says.
    "Taxpayer money is being used to spread partisan rhetoric that's clearly wrong. I find it disgraceful."
    Liberal caucus spokeswoman Carlie Pochynok defended the ads, adding that the NDP used its own caucus fund for radio ads attacking Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson in March.
    "Every caucus is provided a budget to use as they see fit," she said. "Our (ads) are basically opposition work that are more public because they're giant billboards. Our job is to criticize government and hold them to account."
    Pochynok said the Liberals see Horgan as responsible because he hasn't provided tax relief on gasoline. Expanding the Trans Mountain pipeline, which Horgan has opposed, could also have increased the flow of gas in British Columbia, she added.
    Jobs Minister Bruce Ralston said Horgan has appointed his deputy minister to explore regulatory options for relief, but he also noted the government's carbon tax increase this year only added one cent per litre to the cost of gas.
    Offering tax relief may just give oil companies an opportunity to increase prices and eat up the difference, he said.
    Ralston acknowledged that the NDP has used its caucus fund for political purposes.
    "We do some political advertising with the same money but we tend to focus on the good things the government is doing," he said.
    He said it would be up to an internal committee to determine if the practice should be reviewed.
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    Im surprised they are still driving at $1.70,,

    so much tax on tax when it come to fuel,, with a sir tax, the HST,, the PST,, and of course the carbon tax,, and a few others I may not be aware of

    I can buy a 2liter bottle of coke at no-frills for .97,, now just to convert my honda to burn coke
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    I dont think there should be any public money given to political parties.
    That is insane.
    Also, I think there should be a strict, (and low) cap on what campaigns can cost.
    Why does the rest of the country get first dibbs on half my income?

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    There's no law or regulation explicitly prohibiting a party caucus from using its fund for political purposes, Weaver says.
    "There should be, but there's not," he says.
    Uh, it's a political party, every penny they spend is political.
    Even tossing it away on hookers and blow could be construed as courting the sex worker/ roadside pharmacist vote.
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    Oh, there oughtta be a law, eh Andy? That is unless you get party status, then it's party time, right?
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    The NDP won't let the pipeline go through, so the people who own the oil companies say, ok try this on for size. $2.00 a liter by mid summer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tigrr View Post
    The NDP won't let the pipeline go through, so the people who own the oil companies say, ok try this on for size. $2.00 a liter by mid summer.
    I'm hoping for $3.50 by the Canada day weekend
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    Quote Originally Posted by Billythreefeathers View Post
    Im surprised they are still driving at $1.70
    That they are, is precisely why a "tax on pollution" will do nothing to climate change (i.e. why it's not about pollution let alone CO2 reduction), and why it's just a tax.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RangeBob View Post
    That they are, is precisely why a "tax on pollution" will do nothing to climate change (i.e. why it's not about pollution let alone CO2 reduction), and why it's just a tax.
    Exactly. The only people who will "choose" to drive less or heat their homes less are those who can't afford the new prices, i.e. the working poor. Everyone else will just have a little less "spending cash".
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