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.
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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.
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.
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."
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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.
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.
The B.C. premier said she jumped to conclusions.
John Horgan said the New Democrats do not hack their opponents' websites.
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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.
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"Whenever I'm wearing a hard hat, I'm usually talking about all the things we can do to support job creation."
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
"The criteria is simple: books that I have read or re-read in 2015 and want to recommend."
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"...it is a terrible message to send when you have BC Hydro behaving in this way."
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.
"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.
There are those who execute contracts and those who award them.
For the Conservatives, closing the Kitsilano coast guard station in 2013 risks drowning out their efforts to promote their policies in those areas.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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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.
"I think this is a new day for the NDP across the country."
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The 2014 financial reports from B.C.'s political parties are out and my face hurts from all of the eyebrow raising.
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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.
In the spirit of giving, here are five ideas for B.C.'s politicians to consider as they set their resolutions for 2015.
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 recommendations for books to give as gifts (to others or you...