Dermod Travis
Dermod Travis is the executive director of IntegrityBC, a non-profit group dedicated to restore a bond between citizens and their elected officials. He has been the executive director of the Canada Tibet Committee from 2007 to 2011, and is the founder of PIRA Communications.

Travis is a former member of Quebec’s Estates General on the Situation and the Future of the French Language and its Comité d’examen sur la langue d’enseignement. He's given guest lectures at the Université de Montréal, Columbia University, Concordia University, Carleton University and McGill University.

Entries by Dermod Travis

B.C. Liberals Post Yet Another Year Of Staggering Political Donations

(3) Comments | Posted May 17, 2017 | 11:25 AM

Earlier this month the 2016 donation numbers for B.C.'s political parties were filed with Elections B.C. and, not unexpectedly, it was another bumper crop for the B.C. Liberals.

The party raised $13.1 million, more than any other provincial party in Canada and $4.8 million...

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Set The Record Straight On B.C. Health Ministry Firings

(7) Comments | Posted April 20, 2017 | 12:01 PM

F. Scott Fitzgerald once wrote: "Our lives are defined by opportunities, even the ones we miss."

It's the missed opportunities over the 2012 health ministry firings that will forever haunt the B.C. government.

Instead of seizing opportunities to set the record straight, Ombudsperson Jay...

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Foreign Money Is Quite At Home In B.C. Politics

(6) Comments | Posted April 4, 2017 | 6:19 PM

B.C. politics already has its dark money donations that are difficult to trace back to an actual donor. But the free for all when it comes to political fundraising in the province has given rise to another murky practice: raising campaign cash from some dark corners of the...

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B.C. Liberals' Electoral Finance Reform Package Doesn't Amount To Much

(3) Comments | Posted March 22, 2017 | 4:51 PM

Last week Premier Christy Clark heard the four letters that every politician dreads, particularly when it's hitting close to home: RCMP.

Only five days after announcing its investigation into the Globe and Mail's report that some lobbyists may have had their personal donations to the...

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One Simple Donation Rule And B.C. Liberals Still Broke It

(6) Comments | Posted March 14, 2017 | 1:09 PM

This past weekend the Globe and Mail reported that lobbyists in the province have been making political donations on behalf of their clients, effectively camouflaging the identity of the real donors and breaking B.C.'s Elections Act in the process.

On Sunday, Elections B.C. announced it...

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Highs And Lows Of The 2017 B.C. Budget

(2) Comments | Posted March 2, 2017 | 2:26 PM

If last year's provincial budget could be described as "petty" after Finance Minister Mike de Jong doled out an increase in assistance rates for those living with disabilities -- only to claw most of it back by ending the subsidized bus pass program -- this year's

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B.C. General Election: Let The Liberal Mudslinging Commence

(3) Comments | Posted February 17, 2017 | 2:57 PM

Splat. It would seem British Columbia's 41st general election is well underway.

News that someone may have hacked the B.C. Liberal party's website caused quite the uproar.

Charges, counter-charges, flurries of tweets, threats of lawsuits, privacy investigations, possible police investigations, it had...

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A Sad State Of Affairs In The B.C. Government

(7) Comments | Posted February 9, 2017 | 10:27 AM

"When did our moral standards become so complicated?"

It was a question left hanging in a recent email to me from Linda Kayfish, the sister of Roderick MacIssac. MacIssac was one of eight health ministry workers fired in 2012. He later took his own life, as...

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B.C. Liberal Party Donors Far From Being A Grassroots Crowd

(16) Comments | Posted January 27, 2017 | 10:38 AM

Mere hours before the New York Times went to press with its look at the B.C. Liberal party's ethical scorecard, the party chose to get its 2016 fundraising results out ahead of the storm.

One last chance at political counter-spin and what a...

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Trudeau Cash-For-Access Scandal A Bargain Compared To Christy Clark

(4) Comments | Posted January 19, 2017 | 5:04 PM

After 15 months on the job, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has embarked on a cross-Canada tour, ostensibly to reconnect with Canadians -- or at least those that can't afford $1,525 to bend his ear in private.

It seems Trudeau and some federal cabinet ministers...

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There's Some Seriously Unfinished Business In B.C.

(2) Comments | Posted January 10, 2017 | 7:02 AM

Hate to be the bearer of bad tidings, but 2017 is an election year in British Columbia.

On the presumption they're not the same thing, government and election ads should be over by the Stanley Cup semi-finals.

There's a bit of unfinished...

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New Year's Resolutions Every B.C. Politician Should Make

(2) Comments | Posted December 29, 2016 | 2:44 PM

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British Columbia Premier Christy Clark takes part in a news conference during the First Ministers'€™ meeting in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Dec. 9, 2016. (Photo: REUTERS/Chris Wattie)

The year is almost a wrap and -- safe to say -- 2016 was one for the...

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B.C.'s Propaganda Department Cranks Up Production

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2016 | 9:00 AM

It's official. After hitting send to more than 2,680 news releases this year, the B.C. government's Communications and Public Engagement Office is now scraping the bottom of the barrel for an excuse -- any excuse -- to trumpet the government's prowess.

If you're not on...

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B.C. Affordable Housing Plan Barely Passes For Band-Aid Solution

(1) Comments | Posted December 1, 2016 | 3:01 PM

Hate to be one of those folk that B.C. Housing Minister Rich Coleman believes has nothing better to do than get up and whine every day, but the B.C. government's affordable housing plan announced last week falls short.

Sorry, someone had to say it.

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B.C.'s Supreme Court Loss Its Latest In A Long Line Of Blowouts

(3) Comments | Posted November 21, 2016 | 1:01 PM

If winning cases before the Supreme Court of Canada could be likened to the National Hockey League, the B.C. government would be the Toronto Maple Leafs of litigants.

Perhaps the government is getting bad legal advice? Perhaps it's not listening to good legal advice?


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The Pricey Cost Of B.C. Liberals' Secrets

(1) Comments | Posted November 7, 2016 | 1:39 PM

Just how far is the B.C. government willing to go to guard its secrets? A great distance, if the 2012 health ministry firings are any indication.

Four million documents linked to the firings have mysteriously materialized out of thin air for the latest investigation into the scandal,...

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Pre-Approving Suppliers Won't Solve B.C.'s Transparency Problem

(1) Comments | Posted October 28, 2016 | 11:54 AM

News that's guaranteed to cheer the hearts of a small number of B.C. companies is word that they've been added to a list of pre-qualified suppliers to the B.C. government.

The lists are intended to offer all the appearances of open and transparent procurement. They can be...

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No Escaping B.C. Governments' Pre-Election Political Programming

(0) Comments | Posted October 18, 2016 | 1:20 PM

Mute them, channel surf, hide them all you want, but there's no escaping them.

The B.C. government is in the midst of saturating television shows and social media news feeds in the province with a multimillion-dollar back-patting advertising campaign in advance of the 2017...

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B.C. Accelerates Past Point Of No Return On Megaproject Overruns

(1) Comments | Posted October 7, 2016 | 2:39 PM

The point of no return. Works as a title for horror movies just as well as it does as a slogan for election-tailored megaprojects.

How do you get a project past the point of no return? Hit the accelerator.

Case in point: the mad dash to wrap up the Port...

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Why's The Private Sector Playing Taxpayers' Foreman In B.C.?

(3) Comments | Posted September 27, 2016 | 10:57 AM

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Massey Tunnel bridge replacement project. (Photo BC GOV/FLICKR)

In 2009 -- with the B.C. election fast approaching -- the B.C. government went on a full-court press to get the Port Mann/Highway 1 improvement project deal signed and past the point of no...

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