Carole James says she'll dump B.C.'s carbon gas tax if her New Democrats are elected to government next May.

She told delegates at the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention in Penticton the gas tax is not fair and doesn't work.

James says while she'll axe the tax, the NDP will keep the income tax cuts that came with it because British Columbians deserve a break.

She congratulated convention delegates for criticizing the tax, and mocked Premier Gordon Campbell's attempt to soothe municipalities with a carbon tax rebate, calling it "lipstick on a pig".

Campbell told the convention yesterday the government will refund to cities and towns 100 per cent of the carbon tax that they pay so they won't have to curtail any services.

James is also promising to raise the minimum wage if the NDP is elected government.