Resource industries and business groups say provincial policies are driving investment away and trading high-paying jobs for low-paying ones.
Ken Peacock, the chief economist with the B.C. business council said having the highest carbon tax in North America has made the province less competitive.
“We are saying we support the carbon tax but it has to be acknowledged this is a very significant competitive disadvantage to energy intensive exporters. It is resulting in less capital investment in B.C. and we are concerned about that,” he said.