Vancouver Island’s thriving high-tech industry is taking a star turn in the B.C. election campaign with all three major parties promising to help the sector grow across the province.
B.C. Liberal Leader Christy Clark, who tied her election hopes in 2013 to a liquefied natural gas industry that has yet to materialize, now talks about B.C. becoming “the new Silicon Valley.” Her opponents, however, say she’s trying to make people forget her broken LNG promises while taking credit for an industry that grew without much government help.
“I think the tech sector is kind of going, ‘You know, we’ve been fine without you … please don’t pay too much attention to us,’ ” said NDP Leader John Horgan.