Premier Christy Clark stopped in Abbotsford at a Liberal campaign office on Saturday, speaking to supporters and endorsing Abbotsford’s three Liberal candidates.
Abbotsford West MLA and finance minister Michael de Jong, Abbotsford-Mission candidate Simon Gibson and Abbotsford South candidate Darryl Plecas stood behind Clark as she told the crowd of about 100 people that the May 14 election is a chance to shape the future.
“There aren’t many generations that get the chance make the difference that we are going to get to make in the next election.”
Clark said future generations need a Liberal government to support a prosperous province.
“We can make sure our economy is one that is going to make our children proud… and leave this province better than we found it.”
Clark told The News that she is confident in the Abbotsford candidates’ ability to win in the election, saying they would all be strong advocates for Abbotsford’s interests.
Clark weighed in on local issues, including the use of propane cannons by farmers. Clark said there is a need to work with local governments to find a balance that helps residents while supporting farmers’ needs.
“I do think there is a solution there, but we haven’t been able to find it yet.”
When asked about Fraser Health Authority receiving the lowest per capita health care funding in B.C., Clark said the government must always review the funding for health and education.
“We’re always looking at those funding formulas to make sure that they work,” she said, adding that people in the Fraser Valley “are doing pretty well with health care right now,” due to over a decade of investment in health care infrastructure in the Fraser Valley.
Clark said that as the election approaches she remains hopeful the three Abbotsford Liberal candidates will be elected.
“We have four days left and everybody who wants to make sure we protect our economy… needs to get out there and vote.”