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Clark announces BC’s lofty goal to become Canada’s top economic engine

Nanaimo, BC – British Columbia premier Christy Clark says she doesn't need oil to turn the province into Canada's top economic engine. Speaking to a Vancouver Island economic summit, Clark says she's set lofty goals for BC's economy,...


Nanaimo, BC – British Columbia premier Christy Clark says she doesn’t need oil to turn the province into Canada’s top economic engine. Speaking to a Vancouver Island economic summit, Clark says she’s set lofty goals for BC’s economy, which include turning the province into Canada’s No. 1 economic engine.

She drew mild applause from the business crowd when she said BC’s job creation numbers are currently tops in Canada, ahead of Alberta, and BC doesn’t have oil.

The premier says trade with China is up 25%, especially in forest products, demonstrating that the focus of her government’s year-old jobs plan is working.

Clark’s Liberal government has often been criticized for paying lacklustre attention to Vancouver Island, a traditional hotbed of support for the Opposition New Democrats.

But she says the Island’s economic and growth ventures have been supported, including airport and post-secondary education investments in Nanaimo and health-care in the Courtenay and Campbell River areas.