FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, October 31, 2023
VICTORIA, B.C. – Today, BC United Leader Kevin Falcon unveiled the first batch of affordability-focused policy initiatives, ready to roll out under a BC United government, all aimed at easing the financial load on people across the province.
“These proposed measures are practical first steps, in response to the federal government’s recent flexibility in addressing cost pressures, that will make an immediate and positive impact on people’s lives,” said Kevin Falcon, Leader of BC United. “A government under my leadership will swiftly put these policies into action to ensure people across British Columbia keep more money in their pockets.”
A Kevin Falcon-led government will immediately pursue the following initiatives as part of a comprehensive strategy to combat the cost-of-living crisis:
- End the Pain at the Pumps: People need to get to and from work and school, but they’re stretched thin. They need a break from the pain at the pumps. Kevin Falcon and BC United will permanently eliminate the provincial fuel tax, saving drivers up to 15 cents per litre on gasoline and diesel.
- Cancel Eby’s Carbon Tax Hikes: Kevin Falcon and a BC United government would end David Eby’s planned carbon tax hikes, recognizing British Columbians can’t afford further NDP tax hikes during a cost-of-living crisis.
- Provide Affordable Home Heating: Heating our homes is essential, and budgets are tighter than ever. Kevin Falcon and BC United will immediately remove the carbon tax from all home heating fuels to ensure a level playing field with other provinces.
- Lower Food Costs: Groceries have never been more expensive, and British Columbians need relief. Kevin Falcon and BC United will remove the carbon tax from on-farm fuel use, reducing operational costs for farmers. In conjunction with the elimination of the provincial fuel tax, this will make groceries more affordable for everyone.
“These measures reflect BC United’s commitment to delivering common-sense solutions to tackle B.C.’s most pressing affordability challenges, and they are just the beginning of our ongoing efforts to address the cost-of-living crisis,” added Falcon. “To make life more affordable for people, we must make life less expensive — it’s that simple.”