Gordon Campbell

Here's An Idea – B.C. Should Disclose Direct Award Contracts Online

Dermod Travis | Posted 09.07.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

In April, the Alaska Highway News filed an access to information request for a list of the direct award contracts signed during the first stages of the Site C dam construction. The contracts ranged in value from $30,373 to $900,000, but that's only for the awards the utility disclosed.

Dion Wipes Diplomatic Slate Clean Of Tory-Appointed Ambassadors

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.19.2016 | Canada Politics

More than two dozen ambassadors are being replaced around the world.

Canadian Envoy Warns Brexit Could Cause 'Generational' Impact

CP | Mike Blanchfield | Posted 06.20.2016 | Canada Business

Gordon Campbell says the British public needs to confront the fact that if they vote to leave the EU, it will disrupt not only their country, but the world at large, wreaking havoc on the global economy for a generation.

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.

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 ...

5 Resolutions B.C. MLAs Should Ponder For The New Year

Dermod Travis | Posted 12.29.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

It's that time of year when many of us consider making a few resolutions for self-improvement. In the spirit of the season, it only seems fitting to suggest five resolutions for the British Columbia's MLAs.

B.C.'s Economy Doesn't Stack Up To The Rest Of Canada

Dermod Travis | Posted 12.22.2015 | Canada Business
Dermod Travis

Take a gander at the government's economic report cards and one thing becomes readily apparent: an almost virtual absence of inter-provincial comparisons. There's a good reason for that. Compared to Alberta, Ontario and Quebec, B.C. doesn't always stack up so well.

The Reckless Rush to Sign the Port Mann Bridge Deal

Dermod Travis | Posted 10.29.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

You would think Ben Franklin was working in public procurement when he coined the phrase "take time for all things: great haste makes great waste." It's one possible explanation for why the Port Mann Bridge/Highway 1 improvement project more than doubled in price from its original estimate of $1.5 billion to $3.2 billion.

Forget The Bonus, The Real Money Is In Severance Pay

Dermod Travis | Posted 09.30.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

Former chief administrator Penny Ballem, 65, will receive $556,000 as a parting gift for the hastily arranged exit. News that undoubtedly warmed the cockles of the hearts of residents across Vancouver when they learned of it.

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.

BC.. Liberals Masquerading As Harper Tories Destroy Legacy Of Climate Leadership

Andrew Weaver | Posted 12.31.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Andrew Weaver

Bill 2 represents a shameful betrayal of future generations. It dismantles key elements of former premier Gordon Campbell's continent-leading climate policies. And it replaces these policies with a made-in-Alberta, Harper government approach that will instead allow for a dramatic increase in greenhouse gas emissions in B.C.

B.C. Needs To Turn Jobs Blueprint Green

Lizanne Foster | Posted 12.15.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Lizanne Foster

The B.C. Jobs Blueprint has a few worthy goals that, if achieved, will go a long way toward addressing both societal injustices and economic needs: a dramatic increase in young people entering the trades, training opportunities for aboriginal students, and support for education and training for people with disabilities. But where the plan falls apart is that it focuses on an industry that not only spews vast amounts of chemicals into our waterways but also speeds up global warming, the driver of climate change.

What We Should Take Away From The Mount Polley Spill

Dermod Travis | Posted 10.19.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

B.C.'s economy -- already facing what seems like the perfect economic storm of stagnant job growth, an acute skills shortage, and the recent Supreme Court of Canada decision on First Nation land title claims -- can now add one more low pressure system into that mix: the Mount Polley mine disaster.

Why B.C. Government's Purchase Card Records Are So Illuminating

Dermod Travis | Posted 09.22.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

That's politics. The public gets irate over the small amounts because they can relate to them. But the funny thing is that politicians who get the small things right generally don't screw up the bigger ones.

Ex-Premier Receives Degree 40 Years After Dropping Out

CP | Adam Williams, Kamloops This Week, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.16.2014 | Canada British Columbia

KAMLOOPS, B.C. - British Columbia's former premier finally has a law degree — more than 40 years after he abandoned the effort and forged a politica...

Derelict Vessels Are Polluting The B.C. Coastline

Adam Olsen | Posted 03.26.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Adam Olsen

The Northern Gateway and Kinder Morgan pipeline proposals plan to significantly increase heavy oil tankers to Asia and both governments have promised "world-class" oil spill response on land and in the water. British Columbians are skeptical about this commitment. Stories like the sinking tug near Squamish are regularly in and out of the media reminding folks that nothing has been done. There is nothing "world-class" about the provincial-federal response to marine-based environmental concerns in the past.

Philip Owen: There Are No Shortcuts When Running a City

Mike Klassen | Posted 10.08.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Mike Klassen

These days Vancouver city hall is twisting itself into pretzels trying to figure out why citizens have stopped engaging with the political process. In my view, Philip Owen was the last mayor to really make a personal effort to get to know the city he led. He wasn't in a bubble created by political aides -- his staff was tiny in comparison to those in office today. Often regarded as a "mayor's mayor," he made himself available to citizens, media, and through a primetime cable TV call-in show.

Baird Bunks For Free At Friend's House

CBC | Posted 08.20.2013 | Canada Politics

Last Christmas, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and six of his friends vacationed in London, staying for free at High Commissioner Gordon Campbell...

With Friends Like Gordon Wilson, Who Needs Enemies?

Shachi Kurl | Posted 07.07.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Shachi Kurl

I must confess to being entirely unsure what Gordon Wilson's endorsement of the Liberals actually does for leader Christy Clark or her party, who have been having the campaign of their dreams to this point. Seriously, with endorsements like Wilson's, who needs Dave Babych? There have been musings Wilson can help shore up centre-left votes. But that will be very hard to do while the party runs endless TV spots of Clark sounding like a fiscal hawk. Note to Clark and the BC Liberals: You don't need Gordon Wilson. You're doing just fine.

B.C. Politicians Caught Driving Badly

CBC | Posted 06.30.2013 | Canada British Columbia

B.C. Liberal Leader Christy Clark is taking heat for her decision to run a red light at a deserted intersection in the early morning hours with her 11...

B.C. Election 2013: Maybe It Is Time For A Change

Kevin Grandia | Posted 06.06.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Kevin Grandia

Having served under Gordon Campbell and the BC Liberals when they were elected 12 years ago, first makes me think about how damn old I'm getting. Next, it makes me think that it is, in fact, time for a change.

Breaking Up With The HST: It's Definitely You, Not Us

Jordan Bateman | Posted 04.01.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

No matter what, on April 1, the HST finally moves on, and we can get on with our lives. Sure, she'll be mentioned from time to time and we'll no doubt stumble across her once in a while on Facebook or Twitter, but we're finally breaking up, and we are never, ever, ever getting back together.

'Truth' From Gordon Campbell's Ex-Aide Comes Too Late

Jordan Bateman | Posted 10.23.2012 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

They say dead men tell no lies. That may never be truer than in the cutthroat blood-sport of B.C. politics. Consider Martyn Brown, the former chief of staff for Gordon Campbell and chief architect of the B.C. Liberals' decade in power. He's no longer in politics and suddenly feels very free to tell the truth about the B.C. government.