B.C. economy stagnates under NDP rule, University of Calgary report warns

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CALGARY — British Columbia’s economy tends to stagnate when Canada’s westernmost province indulges its left-leaning impulses at the ballot box, according to research recently compiled by the University of Calgary.

Relative to the rest of the country, B.C.’s economy weakened throughout the 1990s under previous NDP leadership, a trend only marginally improved under Gordon Campbell’s Liberal government, said Jack Mintz, director of the school of public policy at the school.

“B.C. has lost a lot of large corporations [since the ’90s], but there are a few still headquartered there,” Mr. Mintz said. “You know, there were a lot of start-ups there and if I were a start-up, I would seriously start to think about whether B.C. is the place I’d want my headquarters.”

NDP leader Adrian Dix, who is set to topple Christy Clark’s Liberal government next Tuesday according to polls, has proposed a rash of economic policies ranging from…

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