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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.

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.

Dear B.C. NDP, Please Get Your S**t Together

Sarah Miller | Posted 04.12.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Sarah Miller

I have seen far too many supporters jump ship lately and the party that we know and love is fading into this mishmash of right and left policies, glazed over by a negative opposition tunnel vision that is getting us nowhere, fast. So please... listen to the people, build a strong platform and be the leaders this province so desperately needs.

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.

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.

Clark Says Canada's Depending On B.C. Amid Economic Downturn

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.08.2016 | Canada British Columbia

B.C. is just 15 months away from the next election.

The B.C. Liberals Could Easily Win The Next Election

Rafe Mair | Posted 01.19.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Rafe Mair

If the Liberals can make the case in 2017 that they've been good stewards of the public purse and that business is good, it won't matter that they have actually done neither.

Adrian Dix Split His Christmas Book List Into Fine Pairings This Year

The Huffington Post B.C. | Adrian Dix | Posted 12.15.2015 | Canada British Columbia

"The criteria is simple: books that I have read or re-read in 2015 and want to recommend."

BC Hydro Hid Millions In Spending From Regulator: NDP

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.11.2015 | Canada British Columbia

"...it is a terrible message to send when you have BC Hydro behaving in this way."

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.

B.C. Was A Bright Spot In Disappointing Campaign: Mulcair

CP | Geordon Omand, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.08.2015 | Canada British Columbia

"I am so honoured to have led this party through this federal election and so humbled in front of the effort that was deployed here in British Columbia,'' Mulcair said.

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.

How The Federal Parties Are Riding The Political Waves In B.C.

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.01.2016 | Canada British Columbia

For the Conservatives, closing the Kitsilano coast guard station in 2013 risks drowning out their efforts to promote their policies in those areas.

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 Support First Nations Economic Prosperity, But Not Ill-Conceived LNG Deal

Adam Olsen | Posted 08.24.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Adam Olsen

I wish the Malahat First Nation luck in developing economic capacity in their community, but I will not support LNG in the Saanich Inlet. Furthermore, I do not support the "sellout" of British Columbia by the B.C. Liberals or inability of the B.C. NDP to take a clear position as they search for whatever position appears to be politically popular.

B.C. Legislature Is Setting For Some Riveting Screenplays

Dermod Travis | Posted 06.16.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

It may look like one at night, but the B.C. legislature isn't a movie set, even though some government staffers seem to be living out their own screenplays along the corridors of power.

B.C. Election Campaign Spending Limits Are So High, They're Meaningless

Dermod Travis | Posted 05.23.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

The bigger issue isn't what candidates and parties can spend before the campaign, it's what they can spend during it. B.C.'s limits are so high they're pretty well meaningless.

Rachel Notley, Christy Clark Sure To Become Strong Allies

Mike Klassen | Posted 05.11.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Mike Klassen

It will irk NDP partisans seeing their newly crowned Alberta premier mingling with those they traditionally oppose. But Notley's speech made it clear she plans to work closely with other provinces and the PM, in addition to First Nations, union and local government leaders to benefit her province.

B.C. NDP Will Benefit From Alberta Triumph: Horgan

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.06.2016 | Canada British Columbia

"I think this is a new day for the NDP across the country."

5 Seriously Disturbing B.C. Political Donations

DeSmog Canada | Posted 06.17.2015 | Canada British Columbia
DeSmog Canada

The 2014 financial reports from B.C.'s political parties are out and my face hurts from all of the eyebrow raising.

Odd And Telling Political Donations In B.C.

Dermod Travis | Posted 06.17.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

And the 2014 Award for Incredibly Bad Taste in Donations goes to Imperial Metals, owners of the Mount Polley mine. The spill may have been toxic, but Imperial's cash wasn't.

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.

Adrian Dix Shares His Favourite Books Of 2014

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 12.15.2015 | Canada British Columbia

In what's become a Christmas tradition at The Huffington Post B.C., Vancouver-Kingsway MLA and former B.C. NDP leader Adrian Dix shares his recommenda...

Clark Calls B.C. NDP Irrelevant

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.19.2015 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - Premier Christy Clark has attacked the Opposition New Democrats as irrelevant and without principles during a question period where she off...