B.C. raises tax for rich, invest more money on education, overdose crisis, housing.




B.C.’s New Democrat government introduced its first budget Monday without any mention of its marquee election promise for $10-a-day child care.

Finance Minister Carole James said that the government’s first budget document puts people first after 16 years of Liberal rule where families, students and seniors struggled.

NDP says it is starting to build the province all residents want, tabling a budget update that promises to hire 3,500 teachers and build thousands of rental units and homes for the homeless.

The government forecasts a surplus of $246 million this year and economic growth of 2.9 per cent, up from the 2.1 per cent projected in last February’s budget.

The updated budget confirmed many of the NDP’s spring election promises, with other major pledges appeared to be under review and considered works in progress.