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Clark forecasts Liberal win in Vernon richard rolke Morning Star Staff

Despite the polls showing possible defeat, Christy Clark says the Liberals are upbeat and prepared to maintain the reins of government after May 14. The premier and Liberal leader made a brief stop in Vernon Wednesday as part of her provincewide election campaign. “Every day I’m working hard to make people understand the contrasts (between the Liberals and the NDP),” she said. “The NDP have already promised $2.8 billion in spending in the past week.” It’s been suggested that Vernon-Monashee could be a tight race as incumbent MLA Eric Foster only received 1,300 votes more than NDP challenger Mark Olsen in the 2009 election. However, Clark not only insists Foster will be re-elected, but the margin of voters will be far greater. “The difference between last time and this time is the record accomplished in that time,” she said, referring to the Polson tower at Vernon Jubilee Hospital and the current development of new beds. While there have been some concerns within the community that the net 14 new beds will not address overcrowding and there are no immediate plans for additional operating rooms, Clark says the Liberals take health care seriously. “We’re building what we were told the community needs,” she said. “As the community grows, we will continue to invest. And how we will do that is by allowing the economy to grow. The NDP plan is out of control spending and increasing taxes.” Clark’s stop in Vernon saw her attend the seniors’ birthday bash at the Schubert Centre. Festivities were slightly delayed as her campaign bus didn’t arrive when originally expected.

“I know it’s never good to be late on a birthday,” said Clark as she climbed on to the stage and addressed the crowd. Besides shaking hands and providing hugs to those at the event, Clark helped cut a giant birthday cake and she expressed surprise as a series of people called out their ages in the 90s. “I’m moving to the Okanagan,” she joked. But Clark also took time to promote the Liberals’ record on health care and seniors’ programs.

“We have a duty and responsibility to look after and love those who looked after and loved us,” she said. Clark also rallied support for Foster, who she says has been an active representative in Victoria. “People in this community know Eric and how hard he’s worked,” she said, adding that she isn’t concerned that questions about renovations at Foster’s office will negatively impact the party’s chances here. Foster has been cleared of any potential

conflict of interest for leasing office space from the family of his executive assistant. Allegations against Foster were largely raised by the B.C. Conservatives, and Clark dismissed Conservative supporters who waved placards as her campaign bus arrived in Vernon. “I’m glad they came to say hi. But the contest is between Eric and the NDP,” she said. “The question is between who will grow the economy and who will grow government?”

Police investigating assault at Enderby party RogeR knox Morning Star Staff

RCMP are investigating a disturbing assault at an Enderby bush party Saturday. The incident is said to have occurred at a gravel pit on Watershed Road east of Enderby, and allegedly involved students from A.L. Fortune Secondary. “Allegations are that a 16-year-old boy was physically assaulted, then he was urinated on as well during this ordeal,” said RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk. “A number of other

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Rose Watson talks with Premier Christy Clark Wednesday during her visit to the Schubert Centre in Vernon.

students were in close proximity while the alleged assault took place and the police are speaking to them.” Two suspects, aged 17 and 18 and both male, were arrested for assault. They were released on a promise to appear in court and an undertaking at a later date. Neither suspect attends A.L. Fortune. Principal Gene Doray said in talking with students, those who attended the party would not call the incident a case of bullying. “This is an assault,” said Doray.

“The information we have doesn’t suggest any kind of a history. Counselling services have been offered and we are in contact with the (victim’s) family, making sure they know of the resources we can provide and also the resources that the community has. They are working to come up with their own decision there on how to proceed. We have certainly offered our help.” The RCMP is continuing its investigation and Fortune’s school liaison officer is also involved with school officials and students.

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