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It's Time To Get Corporate And Union Donations Out Of B.C. Politics

Adam Olsen | Posted 12.02.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Adam Olsen

When a corporation or union donates tens of thousands of dollars to a political party, you can bet that they are having an influence in what that party says or does. How else could they justify the investment? In our province, this is truly egregious but the B.C. Liberal government scoffs at anyone who suggests it needs to change.

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

Dermod Travis | Posted 10.28.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

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 anything but.

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

Dermod Travis | Posted 10.18.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

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 election. The B.C. Liberal party -- who clearly have money to burn -- is getting in on the act as well with mood-setting political ads.

Here's An Idea – B.C. Should Disclose Direct Award Contracts Online

Dermod Travis | Posted 09.07.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

In April, the Alaska Highway News filed an access to information request for a list of the direct award contracts signed during the first stages of the Site C dam construction. The contracts ranged in value from $30,373 to $900,000, but that's only for the awards the utility disclosed.

Special Prosecutor Appointed For B.C. MLA's Mysterious Case

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.18.2016 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA — A special prosecutor has been appointed in the case of a member of the B.C. legislature after his announcement this week that he has left...

Knee-Jerk Policies Will Not Cool B.C.'s Red-Hot Housing Market

Dermod Travis | Posted 08.15.2016 | Canada Politics
Dermod Travis

For months the government had been in denial over the issue: overblown, isolated to a few neighbourhoods, it said. Since then its approach has gone from "the market will correct itself," to a "bold action plan," to legislating a retroactive 15 per cent tax on foreign ownership.

B.C. Liberals' Long-Shot LNG Deal Was Fantasy After All

Dermod Travis | Posted 07.25.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

B.C. may still see an LNG plant, but as for that $1 trillion in economic activity and $100 billion prosperity fund the only step left is to call time of death. There's an upside for the government. The public never bought the hype in the first place.

It Seems Political Donations Buy Big Results For B.C. Industries

Dermod Travis | Posted 06.09.2016 | Canada Politics
Dermod Travis

According to Martyn Brown, "No corporation, no industry, no union gives the level of money that they give to politicians without expecting special consideration in return, and they do get it." Here's a sampling of what "special considerations" might mean.

Have Donations To B.C. Liberals And NDP Crossed The Line?

Dermod Travis | Posted 04.11.2016 | Canada Politics
Dermod Travis

The 2015 political donations were out this week and they contained some numbers that should cause a bit of unease. It's not just the 2015 amounts that are of interest, it's the running totals as well. Since 2005, the B.C. Liberal party has raised more than $107.8 million -- $70.2 million of that from businesses and corporations.

B.C. Liberals Have Mastered The Art Of Returning Donors' Favours

Dermod Travis | Posted 03.16.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

Just thumb through the party's 2009 donor list for a sense of how widespread the practice of awarding contracts to friends has become. Back then, someone must have woke up on New Year's Day with one hell of a hangover -- not from the night before -- but from the bank balance in the B.C. Liberal party's account.

Are Christy Clark's Travel Expenses Soaring Sky-High?

Dermod Travis | Posted 03.03.2016 | Canada Politics
Dermod Travis

News that Premier Christy Clark has spent $500,000 on private jets since assuming office has -- not surprisingly -- raised a few eyebrows. It's a story that has as much to do with the symbolism as it does with the dollars. A political condition that the government seems increasingly tone deaf to as of late.

Balancing The B.C. Budget

Dermod Travis | Posted 02.23.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

Petty. One word that springs to mind after last week's B.C. budget. At best, it's a lip service budget. Tweak here, tweak there, but devoid of any ...

Are B.C. Liberals And B.C. Hydro In Opposition?

Dermod Travis | Posted 02.16.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

Make no mistake, there's a price to pay when B.C. Hydro becomes a political arm of government. The intertwining of self-interests gets complicated, while the interests of ratepayers can take a backseat to political interests.

B.C. Health Ministry Review Still Bogged Down, Four Years In

Dermod Travis | Posted 01.22.2016 | Canada Politics
Dermod Travis

Proving it's easier to announce an action plan than implement one, parts of the B.C. health ministry's 2011 plan "to strengthen physician hiring and oversight and enhance public confidence" remain bogged down to this day in consultations.

B.C. Politics Has A 'Dark Money' Problem

Dermod Travis | Posted 12.09.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

Trade associations -- Many are known to donate generously to political parties, particularly when they want to curry favour. In the U.S. it's called "dark money," a way to spend big bucks on politics and remain relatively anonymous. It doesn't have the same bad rap in B.C. yet, but it's problematic.

Patronage Heaven, Keeping It In The Family

Dermod Travis | Posted 10.14.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

Lip service to local autonomy.

The Flip Side of B.C.'s Infrastructure Coin

Dermod Travis | Posted 09.24.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

There are those who execute contracts and those who award them.

UBC Feud Casts Light On Who Sits On University, Agency Boards

Dermod Travis | Posted 08.31.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

When so many agencies that most see as local or regional are, in fact, controlled by the B.C. government it puts the very idea of local autonomy into doubt.

I'm Proud Of The Vancouver Pride Society For Demanding Something More Meaningful For Parade

Robin Perelle | Posted 07.23.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Robin Perelle

It's not as if this particular pledge -- to support equal rights for trans people in federal and provincial legislation -- presents too onerous a moral stretch. At least it shouldn't if you're planning to walk in a parade celebrating lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender people.

B.C. Liberal Party Booted From Vancouver Pride Parade

The Huffington Post B.C. | Andree Lau | Posted 07.23.2015 | Canada British Columbia

"If they refuse to stand up for LGBTQ2+ rights, they have no place at the parade."

B.C. Open Government Went From 'Key Priority' To 'What's That?'

Dermod Travis | Posted 04.07.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

It would seem -- somewhere along the way -- the government decided doing something to British Columbians was easier than working for them.

5 New Year's Resolutions For B.C.'s Politicians

Dermod Travis | Posted 02.21.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

In the spirit of giving, here are five ideas for B.C.'s politicians to consider as they set their resolutions for 2015.

Teachers Shut Out Of B.C. Liberal Fundraiser After 'Security' Concerns

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 09.21.2014 | Canada British Columbia

A group of teachers who bought tickets to B.C. Liberal fundraiser say they were rejected from attending after concerns about “security,” and that ...

The Alberta Billionaire, A B.C. Mine And Clark's Liberals

Dermod Travis | Posted 10.12.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

Nearly half of Imperial Metal's donations were made after Christy Clark was sworn in as premier, while $45,720 of Mount Polley's donations came via six separate cheques issued in one week alone in March 2013. Guess bank charges weren't an issue for the company.

B.C. Liberals Know How To Party

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 05.25.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Negotiations with B.C. teachers must be stressful, judging by the steam Education Minister Peter Fassbender was letting off on a mechanical bull on Sa...