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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.

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

Dermod Travis | Posted 04.12.2017 | 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 02.16.2017 | 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 02.08.2017 | 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 01.19.2017 | 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 12.11.2016 | 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 12.09.2016 | 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.

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.