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April 13-18, 1993

In a long-awaited and controversial decision, Premier Mike Harcourt announced Wednesday that the NDP government will allow logging in nearly two-thirds of Clayoquot Sound.

Mr. Harcourt said commercial logging will be allowed on 45 per cent of the 262,000-hectare area, while another 17 per cent will be set aside for recreation and selective logging.

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The decision opens the door for lumber giants MacMillan Bloedel and International Forest Products to harvest up to 1,000 hectares a year in Clayoquot Sound.

The B.C. government purchased a 3.3-per-cent share in MacBlo earlier in the year.

An Angus Reid poll released later in the week showed that three-quarters of British Columbians disapproved of the NDP's performance in the previous month, citing Clayoquot Sound and the government's tax-heavy budget as the main reasons.

April 13-18, 1983

Pricey election promises and political attacks flew fast and thick this week as B.C. Premier Bill Bennett and NDP Leader Dave Barrett tried to woo voters in advance of the May 5 provincial election

Campaigning on Vancouver Island, Mr. Barrett promised to spend $90-million restoring the provincial renter's tax credit to give cash-strapped working people and seniors a break on their housing costs.

He also promised to build a $78-million sawmill in Duncan and put $11-million toward a new conference centre in Victoria.

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Mr. Bennett countered by promising to freeze school tax rates and let school boards that have cut costs through good management keep their surpluses.

Mr. Bennett tried to portray his opponent as a tax-happy socialist disguised in business clothes, joking on several occasions that Mr. Barrett wears red underwear beneath his three-piece suits.

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