Polls improve for Liberals

B.C. Liberals pitch what they hope are popular new policies, as new poll shows party recovering a little

The NDP and B.C. Liberals pitched what they hope are popular new policies Wednesday, as a new poll showed the governing party recovering a little of the ground it has lost to the opposition.

The B.C. NDP still has a commanding lead in the latest of a series of Angus Reid Public Opinion polls, with 46 per cent intending to vote for them, down three per cent since January. That three per cent swung to the B.C. Liberals, bringing them back to 25 per cent support from historic lows.

The B.C. Conservatives held steady at 19 per cent, and the B.C. Green Party received eight per cent support, down one from January’s survey.

Transportation Minister Mary Polak announced Wednesday that tolls on the new Port Mann bridge will begin at $1.50 when the bridge opens in December. Preliminary estimates had the toll at $3 per crossing, and the B.C. Liberal government signalled in August it would offer a reduction for the first year of operation, while the bridge is functioning with eight of 10 lanes.

Polak denied that the one-year discount was designed to take the sting out of tolling a major crossing for Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley, six months before an election. She said the discount is to encourage people to register and take advantage of the discount for an entire year.

Also Wednesday, NDP leader Adrian Dix and agriculture critic Lana Popham called for new measures to assist the craft distillery industry in B.C.