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4 Moments in 2019 When BC Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson Revealed He’s Completely Out-of-Touch

BC Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson continued struggling with perceptions that he’s out-of-touch

December 30, 2019

It’s no secret BC Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson has a hard time proving he’s in touch with ordinary working people in British Columbia.

Even the BC Liberals themselves seem to concede the struggle to make Wilkinson appear relatable has been an uphill battle.

Here are four moments in 2019 when Wilkinson revealed to British Columbians just how out-of-touch he truly is:

Struggling to pay rent can be “enjoyable” and “kind of a wacky time”

During a speech in the BC Legislature in February, Wilkinson said the BC NDP government was spending too much time “pandering to renters,” and suggested that struggling to pay rent isnt really so bad:

“I was a renter for 15 years. I lived in a dozen different rentals. It was challenging at times, but it was fun. It was part of growing up and getting better, we’ve all done it. It’s kind of a wacky time of life, but it can be really enjoyable. Being a renter is a fact of life. it’s a rite of passage.”

Students can’t be trusted to pay back interest-free loans

Barely a week after he made his comments about renting being “wacky” and “enjoyable,” Wilkinson told Vancouvers RedFM he didnt trust twenty-somethings to pay back student loans after the BC government scrapped interest charges on student loans:

“I think we have to be a little bit concerned that any loan that carries no interest encourages people to go into a lot of debt. And students may get carried away with debt….

…That’s the concern we always have with interest free loans. Why wouldn’t you just borrow as much as you possibly can? And then why would you ever pay it back?”

British Columbia is a place of opportunity thanks to “European settlement”

Last month, the BC Liberals released a new political ad featuring excerpts from Wilkinsons keynote speech at his partys Opportunity Summit, with a notable omission.

The party edited out a segment in which Wilkinson credited “European settlement” for bringing “opportunity” to BC In the original speech, Wilkinson said:

“What a blessing it is to live in this place. It’s also been a place where you can get ahead, where there’s been opportunity basically since European settlement started. And all of us think of it in those terms.”

Siding with big oil companies who are gouging working people

When the BC Government began taking steps to investigate gas price-gouging by oil and gas companies, Wilkinson told CKNW the government was painting fossil fuel giants as “demons.”

“Now he’s making up these demons that they like to invent in the NDP. Some bad guys are causing this.”

As PressProgress previously reported, experts said oil and gas companies in BC use their domination of the market to rip off British Columbians at the gas pump.

 

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3 Biggest Right-Wing Tax Giveaways That Went to Canada’s Super Wealthy Elites in 2019

2019 was a very good year for wealthy elites

December 29, 2019

2019 has been a great year for wealthy elites in Alberta, Ontario and Québec.

That’s because right-wing governments in those provinces have bent over backwards to serve their super-rich friends with generous tax cuts.

Here’s a reminder of some of those tax cuts:

1. Jason Kenney’s $4.5 billion corporate tax cut

The United Conservative Party’s first budget gave powerful corporations what was initially pegged as a $4.5 billion tax cut over four years.

However,…