In March, the government changed the tax to exempt several thousand global residents on provincial work permits and agreed to provide refunds to some people who had already paid the tax.
"We want to make sure that when people come to British Columbia, put down roots, they have a place that is a community".
Premier Christy Clark increased the grant's eligibility threshold from $1.2 million at the start of this year after a dramatic increase in the assessed value of homes, which would be taxed at higher rates.
The two-per-cent tax on a property's assessed value would give the government $200 million a year in additional revenue, the party said. "Not a place that's half filled, and so expensive that people can't stick around".
- Liberal Leader Christy Clark campaigned in Kitimat to push her party's support for the liquefied natural gas industry.
"My first thought was who is going to be paying for all this?" she said. "We were dead last in Canada for employment and economic growth and 50,000 families left B.C. because there was no job opportunities and this is exactly what this platform is going to be doing", she said.
Horgan says a New Democrat government would revamp the Residential Tenancy Act to make it more accessible, and also address the problem of "renovictions", where landlords use renovations as an excuse to evict tenants and sidestep restrictions around rent increases.
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Horgan says an NDP government will spend $7-billion on capital projects like roads and schools over five years and that will be added to the provincial debt.
"If there is not enough rental housing in the province, it's partly because we still need cities to get to work and zone more rental housing in the province".
How will Horgan pay for this?
In fact, Horgan is also promising to balance budgets for the next three years.
The NDP expects to reverse a Liberal tax cut to the top two per cent of earners, as well as introduce a housing speculation tax and a one-per-cent increase to the corporate tax rate.
He says it would cost $4-billion per year if brought in, and again raising the spectre of B.C. losing its AAA credit rating.