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B.C. New Democrats promise renter's rebate, rent freeze as parties ready for debate

BY , Oct 12, 2020 8:21 PM - REPORT AN ERROR

NDP Leader John Horgan is silhouetted while speaking during a campaign stop in Vancouver on Wednesday, October 7, 2020. At the end of a recent virtual town hall meeting where about a dozen people asked questions about British Columbia's Oct. 24 election, Horgan said he was enjoying campaigning online.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

The B.C. New Democrats have announced a renter's rebate as the latest plank of their election platform as parties prepare for the first televised debate of the provincial campaign.

NDP Leader John Horgan says his party's plan also includes making a cap on rent increases permanent.

Under the rebate plan, households that earn up to $80,000 a year will be entitled to $400 a year.

Horgan also reiterated his party's support of freezing rents until the end of 2021.

He accused the B.C. Liberals of giving tax breaks to the rich and says the NDP benefit would help those who need it most.

The leaders of B.C.'s three main political parties will meet Tuesday in a televised debate.

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