Liberal candidate Eric Foster (left) speaks during the Lumby all-candidates forum Wednesday while Conservative candidate Scott Anderson looks on.

Liberal candidate Eric Foster (left) speaks during the Lumby all-candidates forum Wednesday while Conservative candidate Scott Anderson looks on.

Candidates duke it out at Lumby forum

About 70 people attend the debate hosted by the Lumby Chamber of Commerce

The NDP have had to explain how they will fund their campaign promises.

During a forum in Lumby Wednesday, the party’s candidate, Mark Olsen, was asked how various initiatives would be funded without borrowing money or raising taxes.

“If you are a corporation, your taxes will go up to 2008 levels. There will also be a capital tax on the banks and that will fund a student needs grant,” said Olsen.

However, that brought protests from Liberal incumbent Eric Foster.

“There is only one person who will pay for it and that’s the consumer. If a bank is taxed at a higher rate, your service charges will go up, mortgage rates will go up and (investor) dividends will go down,” he said.

Scott Anderson, Conservative candidate, agreed that the NDP’s plan isn’t sound, but he also took a swing at the Liberals.

“The Liberals have also raised taxes. We are the only party that will reduce taxes. We will look at waste and find savings,” he said.

Independent candidate Korry Zepik says there is a need to focus on stimulating the economy but there needs to be a focus on climate change.

“Every year we delay capping carbon emissions, it costs the world economy $500 billion,” he said.

Look for more details in Friday’s Morning Star.