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B.C.'s Decade Under NDP Was Anything But 'Lost'

Gabriel Yiu | Posted 04.27.2017 | Canada British Columbia
Gabriel Yiu

After 16 years in government, the B.C. Liberals are still using the "Lost Decade" to refer to the NDP's last period of governance in order to scare voters. Was the economy under the NDP in the '90s that bad? By certain measures the NDP of the '90s actually had the best economic performance.

B.C. Families Need Affordable Child-Care Relief Now

Jodie Wickens | Posted 04.27.2017 | Canada British Columbia
Jodie Wickens

John Horgan and the B.C. NDP's proposal for universal $10-a-day child care is sensible, fully costed and will provide immediate relief for parents. We also know that providing quality early learning experiences for our children has incredible benefits to them, the school system and communities.

B.C. NDP's Pledge To Raise Minimum Wage Sets Example For Nation

Jerry Dias | Posted 04.26.2017 | Canada Politics
Jerry Dias

In British Columbia, where the race for the May 9 provincial election is heating up, the NDP has called for a $15 minimum wage in the province by 2021. This is a good move, and one that progressive people across Canada should get behind.

John Horgan's Casual Sexism Has No Place In B.C. Politics

Pamela Martin | Posted 04.24.2017 | Canada British Columbia
Pamela Martin

"I'll watch you for a while. I know you like that." I recoiled slightly as those words were spoken, as I imagine many women did. I wasn't the one being patronized, but I still felt it. Women everywhere have at one point or another endured condescending, dismissive, creepy remarks designed to "put us in our place."

B.C. Liberals' Costs Deserve Same Scrutiny Afforded NDP

Sarah Miller | Posted 04.18.2017 | Canada British Columbia
Sarah Miller

Why are we not questioning the cost (both financially and socially) of our current Liberal government's policies? The cost aspect of a promise or platform is a justified question, but only if you hold every party to the same scrutiny.

Advice To B.C.'s Politicians On Mental Illness Policies

Susan Inman | Posted 04.11.2017 | Canada British Columbia
Susan Inman

With a May 9th election approaching, people in B.C. are hearing good news about increased funding for mental health services. The B.C. government has accepted federal funding of $655 million linked to mental health services over the next ten years.

How Will The Next B.C. Government Support Our Seniors?

Mike Klassen | Posted 04.10.2017 | Canada British Columbia
Mike Klassen

With so many issues commanding headlines at the start of the provincial election campaign, it is easy to understand how caring for frail and elderly citizens can drop off the public's radar. For many British Columbians, however, there can be no more important issue than the availability of care for their elderly loved one.

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

Dermod Travis | Posted 04.04.2017 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

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 world.

The Problem With Big Money In B.C. Politics, Explained

Sarah Miller | Posted 04.03.2017 | Canada British Columbia
Sarah Miller

Eighty-six per cent of people in B.C. support banning corporate and union donations, with 76 per cent agreeing that the B.C. Liberals are only interested in helping their political donors and big businesses. The majority of us know that people don't just give away hundreds of thousands of dollars without expecting anything in return.

B.C. NDP Is More Than Just Its Leader

Sarah Miller | Posted 03.27.2017 | Canada British Columbia
Sarah Miller

After all, you can hardly judge a book by it's cover, so why judge an entire party only on it's leader? As luck would have it every NDP MLA talked openly about anything we asked, and they all had issues they were passionate about.

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

Dermod Travis | Posted 03.22.2017 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

Using the B.C. government's proposed real-time disclosure of political donations bill as a prop, Clark announced that if re-elected her government will move to establish an independent panel to review B.C.'s Elections Act and come up with recommendations for the legislature's consideration.

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

Dermod Travis | Posted 03.14.2017 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

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.

John Horgan Is B.C. Premier Christy Clark's Polar Opposite

Sarah Miller | Posted 03.13.2017 | Canada British Columbia
Sarah Miller

Listening to John speak and thoughtfully answering questions, you really did get a sense that he is just a regular guy who comes from humble beginnings, who at some point in his life decided that he wanted to make a positive difference. I for one am more then willing to give him that chance.

Don't Take Any Civics Lesson From The BC NDP

Warren Kinsella | Posted 03.10.2017 | Canada British Columbia
Warren Kinsella

Are the BC NDP full of crap? Yeah, sort of, they are. They've gone bananas about the fact that Elections BC is asking the governing party about fundraising stuff. What they're not telling anyone is that they're being asked, too. And John Horgan's crew aren't enthusiastic about anyone probing BC NDP fundraising practices. There's a history, you see.

Highs And Lows Of The 2017 B.C. Budget

Dermod Travis | Posted 03.02.2017 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

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 budget could best be described as "petulant."

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

Dermod Travis | Posted 02.17.2017 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

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 it all.

B.C. NDP 'Good Enough' To Do Better Than Liberals Ever Did

Lizanne Foster | Posted 02.13.2017 | Canada British Columbia
Lizanne Foster

I'm going to vote for the B.C. NDP, not because they're the perfect party, and not because I expect them to undo 16 years of B.C. Liberal rule anytime soon. I'm going to vote for them because they're a team of good-enough politicians who I expect to do the very best they can given the massive provincial debt they will inherit from the B.C. Liberals.

'I Made A Mistake': Christy Clark Sorry She Accused NDP Of Hacking

CP | Geordon Omand, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.10.2017 | Canada British Columbia

The B.C. premier said she jumped to conclusions.

B.C. Premier: I Jumped To Conclusions With NDP Hacking Allegations

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.09.2017 | Canada Politics

John Horgan said the New Democrats do not hack their opponents' websites.

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

Dermod Travis | Posted 01.23.2017 | Canada Politics
Dermod Travis

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. At three times his going rate, the prime minister would still be a bargain compared to Christy Clark.

Expect More Pictures Of Christy Clark Wearing A Hard Hat In 2017

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.21.2016 | Canada British Columbia

"Whenever I'm wearing a hard hat, I'm usually talking about all the things we can do to support job creation."

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 04.13.2017 | 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.