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As BC Liberals, we need to broaden our appeal if we are to win the next election. As a candidate for leader I want to demonstrate how we will make life more affordable and make government work for all British Columbians.
Road pricing — the term used for a collection of new taxes on driving — is a good example of a policy that needs an affordability test.
Having the lowest income tax rate in Canada is meaningless if families are overwhelmed with tolls, service charges, and user fees.
We need to reduce the number and amount of fees and charges collected by government and return the bureaucratic savings to taxpayers.
There is only one taxpayer. And they face far too many hidden taxes.
Michael Lee is the MLA for Vancouver-Langara. Before entering politics Michael was a prominent business lawyer in Vancouver, where he worked for 20 years with forestry, mining, energy and technology companies across BC. He also has a strong record of community service for over 30 years, including with social service, educational as well as children and youth organizations. A son of immigrants, Michael was born and raised in Vancouver. He and his wife Christina have three young adult children.