Campaigning for the recession election starts today in B.C.

NDP Leader Carole James kicked off her local campaign in Victoria by using recent job losses to attack Premier Gordon Campbell.

“We’ve lost 70,000 jobs since Campbell announced his economic plan last fall,” James said yesterday.

“This election is about who voters can trust to help average families through tough economic times.”

She also criticized the Liberals for introducing the first carbon tax in North America.

But that same tax has earned B.C.’s pro-development party some unlikely supporters.

Three environmental groups, including the David Suzuki Foundation, have announced their support of the B.C. Liberal Party while calling the NDP plan to shift the burden of the carbon tax to industry a step backwards.

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