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12 a.m. – B.C. NDP leads Liberals by significant margin, early election poll finds

If the provincial election had been held in the days after John Horgan called for a vote, the B.C. NDP would have captured nearly half the popular vote, according to a poll released this morning.

Conducted by Leger, the poll found 47 per cent of election-eligible adults surveyed would vote for the NDP, followed by the Liberals at 31 per cent of decided voters.

As well, half of respondents (49 per cent) opposed the election being called at this time, and even a third (32 per cent) of those who said they would vote NDP were opposed to an election during a pandemic.

Yet, the overall approval for the NDP is a significant improvement for the party and a deterioration for the Liberals compared with the 2017 results, where both parties captured just over 40 per cent of the vote, the poll noted.

12 a.m. – NDP betting Liberals are out of touch on housing, taxes

The B.C. New Democrats are betting that a Liberal promise to scrap the popular Speculation and Vacancy Tax on empty homes will backfire.

A Facebook ad touting the benefits of the tax placed by the NDP over the weekend drew more than 2,500 likes and 1,600-plus comments. Nearly 4,000 people have signed the attached petition, which requires you to supply the party with your email address and phone number.

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