The B.C. NDP can head into this election campaign able to claim they've followed through on most of the promises they made during the last campaign.
Nearly 100 of them, in fact.
An analysis of all 122 promises in the party's 2017 election platform shows that 96 of them have been completed or are clearly on their way to completion.
Another 14 promises have a mixed record — or the jury is still out on whether the government will complete them — while no progress has been made on 12.
(A spreadsheet with the full list is at the bottom of this article.)
The government has completed relatively few of its promises since May 2019 — the last time we updated the promise tracker — partly a product of completing so many in its first two years, and partly a product of the COVID-19 pandemic changing its focus.
What promises haven't been completed?
With the NDP completing so many promises in their first year in power — from raising disability and welfare rates, to putting in a speculation tax, to eliminating tolls on the Port Mann and Golden Ears bridges — the major broken promises have been known for quite some time.
Chief among them are freezing BC Hydro rates (they've gone up by about four per cent), providing a renters rebate of $400 a year, and creating a $30 million annual fund for school supplies. And after promising to bring in an endangered species law, the government consulted with stakeholders, but has since backed away from taking action.
At the same time, there are several promises the government has made where the jury is still very much out, and one could make an argument of the promise being broken or still on track. These include:
Of course, whether voters are interested in arguing about promises of the past campaign during the present one remains to be seen.