I don't understand the NDP affirming Christy Clark's budget surplus propaganda. They even went a step further, asserting that GDP growth was even better in 2016 than the Libs declared.
It is widely recognized that BC's economic performance is grossly skewed by the real estate market in Vancouver. Provincial revenues relative to economic growth are sharply down. Rural BC is not doing well. Christy's "surplus" was gained by forcing BC Hydro to borrow more money to pay as a dividend that it can't even remotely afford. Debt servicing will face a crisis shortly, with interest rates inching up. Other current debts and obligations are hiding in deferral accounts. BC Hydro is effectively bankrupt now, and likely will not recover. Hydro alone could sink the provincial economy.
Pundits have commented that the NDP need to aggressively expose the BC Liberals' mismanagement of the economy, and forever put to rest the myths of right-wing governments being good fiscal managers. The time is now for the NDP to be opening the books and exposing the horrors. Pretending that everything is groovy merely transfers the liability to themselves. What are they doing?
It seems to me this is a serious weakness of the left -- being too nice. The BC Liberals don't deserve nice. They deserve to be dragged through the mud. They deserve to be obliterated as a party.
The new government needs to get nasty. And quick.