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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The B.C. Finance Committee’s pre-budget recommendations are getting a mixed review from the B.C. Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.

The bipartisan legislative committee was sent on a province wide tour by Finance Minister Mike de Jong to gather input for his 2016-17 budget, but according to the CTF’s Jordan Bateman, it came back with a list of recommendations that looked like a script of a 1966 Spaghetti Western: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

He puts into the Clint Eastwood, Good category, a recommendation that echoed the CTF submission to the committee to freeze and review the Medical Services Premium Tax.

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However, that was about the extent of the good, as the committee heard from dozens of groups across the province and Mr. Bateman says it fell into the usual spending request trap, which he sees as The Lee Van Cleef Bad category.

And then there’s the down right, Eli Wallach Sugar Drink Tax, Ugly recommendation.

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