Bc Economy

Woodfibre LNG Is Litmus Test For Squamish Municipal Candidates

G. Elijah Dann | Posted 10.21.2014 | Canada British Columbia
G. Elijah Dann

The Woodfibre LNG issue in Squamish holds vast importance for the broader community, the province, the country, even the world at large. It's that big.

B.C. Needs To Turn Jobs Blueprint Green

Lizanne Foster | Posted 12.15.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Lizanne Foster

The B.C. Jobs Blueprint has a few worthy goals that, if achieved, will go a long way toward addressing both societal injustices and economic needs: a dramatic increase in young people entering the trades, training opportunities for aboriginal students, and support for education and training for people with disabilities. But where the plan falls apart is that it focuses on an industry that not only spews vast amounts of chemicals into our waterways but also speeds up global warming, the driver of climate change.

Clark Not Worried About Russia-China Gas Deal

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.21.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - B.C.'s premier is brushing aside a massive natural gas deal between China and Russia, insisting she's not worried it will affect her provi...

B.C.'s Business Tax Regime Needs Competitive Jumpstart

Charles Lammam | Posted 05.05.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Charles Lammam

One item sorely missing from the B.C. finance minister's recent budget was a plan to make the province's business taxes more competitive and attractive for investment. When the province shifted back to the PST last year, the cost of doing business and investing increased dramatically. Disappointingly, de Jong's budget did nothing to address this shackle around BC's economy. Tax reform, however, might be the light at the end of tunnel.

B.C. Economy To BOOM

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The Business Council of British Columbia predicts above average economic performance in the province over the next two years.In its newly ...

Who REALLY Drives B.C.'s Economy?

CBC | Posted 07.03.2013 | Canada British Columbia

Every political party wants you to believe they are the best suited to run B.C.'s economy. But how much influence can a provincial government have? CB...

B.C. Budget 2013: How To Tame The Deficit?

Charles Lammam | Posted 04.21.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Charles Lammam

Tuesday's provincial budget is supposed to present a plan to finally balance the books. But after four consecutive years in the red, British Columbians can't yet breathe a collective sigh of relief. Critically important is how Finance Minister Mike de Jong plans to eliminate the deficit. Will he take the path of tax increases or spending reductions? He would be wise to go with the latter. And this is why...

Staying The Course On Jobs Plan

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.10.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - B.C. Jobs Minister Pat Bell says the latest jobless numbers prove Canada is facing a volatile economic situation and the government will st...

B.C. Budget Gets Outside Help

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.31.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - The B.C. government has hired an economist to look over its pre-election budget, giving what the finance minister says is added assurance t...

MAJOR B.C. Skills Shortage Looms

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.27.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Six universities across British Columbia warn that the province is facing a severe shortage of skilled workers -- and there's barely 36 mo...

B.C. Lowers Economic Expectations

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.19.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Economists are revising growth projections for B.C.'s economy this year and next.The B.C. Economic Forecast Council, which advises the pro...

B.C. Jobless Rate Climbs

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - The B.C. government is trying to put the best possible spin on the latest figures showing an increase in the province's jobless rate, sayin...

Balanced Budget Promise Amid Bad Numbers

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.27.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - Premier Christy Clark is warning British Columbians to brace for bad economic news Wednesday but she still promises to balance the province...

B.C. Optimistic About Economy

The Huffington Post B.C. | Jesse Ferreras | Posted 11.27.2012 | Canada British Columbia

British Columbians are an optimistic bunch when it comes to the economy despite soaring personal debt. That's the conclusion from Royal Bank of Can...

B.C. Economy To Outperform Canada: Finance Minister

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.17.2012 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - British Columbia's finance minister says he's received advice from some of the smartest business minds in Canada and he's optimistic the p...

B.C. Is Leaking Jobs

The Huffington Post B.C. | Jesse Ferreras | Posted 11.02.2012 | Canada British Columbia

British Columbia is losing jobs faster than anywhere else in the country, say numbers released by Statistics Canada. The number of B.C. jobs lost i...

With Return Of The PST, Tax Reform Needed To Keep B.C. Competitive

Niels Veldhuis | Posted 12.18.2012 | Canada British Columbia
Niels Veldhuis

To encourage businesses to invest and expand their operations in B.C., the focus should be on making B.C. the most investment-friendly jurisdiction in Canada. To that end, the government should put forth a tax plan to reduce the crushing blow to B.C.'s competitiveness in light of the PST's rebirth.

We Don't Need No Stinkin' Oil

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.16.2012 | Canada British Columbia

NANAIMO, B.C. - British Columbia Premier Christy Clark took aim at Alberta Tuesday in an election-style speech where she boasted her province doesn't ...

B.C.'s Job Creation Boast

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.07.2012 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - B.C. Jobs Minister Pat Bell says the province is leading Canada in job creation.He says B.C. generated almost 15,000 new jobs in August, ju...