Politics Briefing: B.C. NDP tables first full budget

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B.C. Finance Minister Carole James leaves the legislative assembly after delivering the budget from the legislative assembly at Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Sept. 11, 2017.

Good morning,

B.C.’s NDP government will table its first full provincial budget today, filling in the many blanks that remain from the party’s platform in last year’s election. The New Democrats came to power on promises to remake the province’s daycare system with a $10 per day system — which the government is already backing away from — and to further rein in out-of-control housing prices. But many of the details have yet to be announced, putting significant pressure on Finance Minister Carole James.

The budget could also include new measures to target money laundering after a Globe and Mail investigation found lenders connected to the fentanyl trade are using real estate to launder money. The province’s attorney-general says the government is prepared to crack down.

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TODAY’S HEADLINES

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