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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 12.09.2015 | 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 10.15.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

Lip service to local autonomy.

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

Dermod Travis | Posted 09.24.2015 | 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 08.31.2015 | 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...

Odd, Outlandish And Over-The-Top Donations To B.C. Political Parties

Dermod Travis | Posted 06.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

What do a Conservative party senator from Ontario, the Toronto Blue Jays, an Ontario public sector union and a part-owner of the Calgary Flames all have in common? If their chequebook is any indication, they have a keen interest in B.C. politics.

Too Many Struggling To Get By In A 'Have' Province

Dermod Travis | Posted 04.16.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

Halifax or Vancouver? Ask most folk which city boasts the higher median family income and chances are they'll say Vancouver. They couldn't be more wrong.

This Could Be Worse Than Gracie's Finger

Dermod Travis | Posted 03.08.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

In 1982, then Social Credit cabinet minister Grace McCarthy was suspected of using her influence to have her Little Mountain riding boundaries redrawn to include a sliver of a wealthy Vancouver neighbourhood. That sliver was forever known as Gracie's finger. Thirty-two years later, the B.C. government is proposing amendments that could make the controversy over Gracie's finger pale by comparison.

Troubling Rumblings Around B.C.'s Agricultural Land Commission

Dermod Travis | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

Bill Bennett, minister responsible for the B.C. government's core review, is trying his darndest lately to reassure British Columbians that the government "has no plans to dismantle" the Agricultural Land Commission and that much of the speculation was simply the result of government "brainstorming." That's nice. Doesn't mean much in government-speak, but it sounds comforting. It's what comes next that should be of concern. In an interview with the Globe and Mail on Tuesday, Bennett confirmed that the Commission would, however, be subject to the government's core review.

A Landslide Shouldn't Blind Christy Clark to the Voters She Lost

Dermod Travis | Posted 08.05.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

According to an Ipsos Reid exit poll poll of 1,400 British Columbians, the top issue influencing voters was open and honest government. On this issue voters chose the BC NDP by a 10 per cent margin (47 to 37 per cent).The fourth issue was trust in a particular leader or party. The Liberals lost those voters by five per cent. It's easy for political operatives to sweep such inconvenient truths under the rug when they've just pulled-off a miracle, but Liberals do need to take note: they've lost the trust of a significant block of voters.

Look Who's Back In The Liberal Camp

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.06.2013 | Canada British Columbia

POWELL RIVER, B.C. - Former B.C. Liberal leader Gordon Wilson says he has come home to the party he put on the map in 1991 before forming his own part...