Kevin Falcon

The Reckless Rush to Sign the Port Mann Bridge Deal

Dermod Travis | Posted 10.29.2016 | 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.

What B.C.'s Proposed Woodfibre LNG Plant Means

Dermod Travis | Posted 11.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

The next election is in 2017. You suspect that voters might want to see a little something for all the hype before then, so what to do? Well, take one of the proposed projects and slam the pedal to the metal. And by all accounts, that project is the proposed Woodfibre LNG plant in Squamish.

It's Time To Call Tech Support For The Elections BC Database

Dermod Travis | Posted 08.30.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

Part of the fault with the Elections BC database rests with the political parties and how they enter and supply data, and part lies with donors who sometimes opt to use slightly varied corporate names for donations to different parties. But the bulk of it lies with the database itself.

Sick Day Abuse Makes Taxpayers Nauseous

Jordan Bateman | Posted 11.05.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

When was the last time you called in sick? Was it just a case of the sniffles? Were you flat on your back? Or did you go golfing and not want to use a vacation day? Did you feel guilty about leaving your co-workers to cover for you? Did you take as few days as possible, knowing someone else had to pick up the slack in your absence? Chances are if you work in the private sector, your answers are very different from those of some government employees.

Falcon Finds His Falconer

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.26.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Former B.C. finance minister Kevin Falcon has had no trouble finding a new job.Falcon has been hired as the executive vice president of re...

B.C. Liberals Heading For Iceberg: Poll

The Huffington Post | Éric Grenier | Posted 12.07.2012 | Canada British Columbia

Hot on the heels of the announcement that four sitting B.C. Liberal MLAs, including Finance Minister Kevin Falcon and Education Minister George Abbott...

Three BC MLAs To Quit Thursday

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.29.2012 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - Three more members of Premier Christy Clark's British Columbia Liberal government are set to announce their intentions to leave politics.Go...

Falcon's Pension Raises Eyebrows

CBC | Posted 10.29.2012 | Canada British Columbia

Kevin Falcon may be leaving provincial politics, but according to the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, the just-retired B.C. Finance Minister will event...

Why Christy Clark's Team Is Jumping Ship

Samuel Getachew | Posted 10.28.2012 | Canada Politics
Samuel Getachew

Earlier today, B.C.'s young Finance Minister and Deputy Premier, Kevin Falcon, resigned both positions effective immediately. In recent weeks, many MLAs have announed their resignations. The fact is that Christy Clark's leadership style and lack of clarity has made her irrelevant and incompetent at best.

A B.C. Government For The People, Not At The Expense Of The People

Laila Yuile | Posted 10.29.2012 | Canada British Columbia
Laila Yuile

I've written much about the air of entitlement this government has come to display, an attitude which sets an example from the top of government for all the levels below. How can one expect any government executive or bureacrat to display restraint when those in charge demonstrate a proclivity for excess? The truth is the average person is British Columbia just doesn't even listen to any of this bizarre hypocrisy anymore. The average person in this province is still struggling to make ends meet. Whether or not it's the most basic of needs such as food and shelter, or meeting mortgage and car payments, most people in this province are far removed from the reality of luxurious "vacations" oops I mean, conferences in Nairobi.

Kevin Falcon Quits B.C. Politics

The Huffington Post B.C. | Andree Lau | Posted 12.07.2012 | Canada British Columbia

Kevin Falcon, B.C.’s finance minister and deputy premier, won’t be running in the next provincial election, leaving the B.C. Liberals without yet ...

B.C.'s Big Freeze For Crown Executives

CBC | Posted 09.24.2012 | Canada Politics

The B.C. government is freezing the compensation paid to executives at its Crown corporations, Finance Minister Kevin Falcon announced Wednesday morni...

Scrapping HST In B.C.

CBC | Posted 07.14.2012 | Canada Politics

B.C. will drop the HST and return to an "improved" PST next year with all previous exemptions, Finance Minister Kevin Falcon announced on Monday in Vi...

B.C. Could Send Welfare Cases North For Jobs

CBC | Posted 05.14.2012 | Canada Politics

The B.C. government is floating a proposal to fly people on social assistance north and give them accommodation and training to fill vacant jobs in th...

B.C. Budget Gives To Families.. And Takes

CP | Wendy Cox, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.22.2012 | Canada Politics

VICTORIA - B.C. families are being offered some tax breaks in their 2012-2013 budget, but qualifying for the goodies will be a lot harder than being e...

2012-2013 B.C. Budget Highlights

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.22.2012 | Canada Politics

VICTORIA - Here are some highlights of the 2012-2013 B.C. budget:Projected economic growth: 1.8 per cent in 2012-2013; 2.2 per cent in 2013-2014; 2.5 ...

Website For Backseat Budget Balancers Unveiled In BC

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.11.2012 | Canada Politics

VANCOUVER - The B.C. Liberals erred and are aiming to atone for the deep cuts they made to arts funding when the global downturn hit, the finance mini...

B.C. To Lose $250M A Year Due To Health Transfer Payment Plan

CBC | Posted 02.19.2012 | Canada Politics

B.C. will lose as much as $250 million a year under the per capita health care funding formula being used by Ottawa because it doesn't take into accou...

BC's Government Must Tighten its Belt or Face Electoral Oblivion

Jordan Bateman | Posted 02.02.2012 | Canada Politics
Jordan Bateman

B.C. Finance Minister Kevin Falcon, like a cliché movie hero, is slowly sinking into quicksand. He recently told British Columbians that economic growth has slowed, Crown Corporation revenues are down and the provincial deficit is exploding. The true culprit -- runaway spending -- has yet to be addressed.

Vancouver Olympics A $2.3 Billion Boon To Economy: Report

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.27.2011 | Canada Politics

VICTORIA - Vancouver's 2010 Winter Olympics paid measurable economic, social and cultural benefits to British Columbia at a time when world economies ...

Rejection Of HST Triples B.C. Deficit

CBC | Posted 11.08.2011 | Canada Politics

B.C.'s finance minister says the province's deficit has tripled because of the rejection of the HST and that is going to mean cuts to government spend...

HST Cancellation Hurts B.C.'s Finances: Minister

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.08.2011 | Canada Politics

VICTORIA - British Columbia's finance minister says spending cuts may be coming in order to rein in a deficit that's three times higher than expected ...

B.C. Promises 2% HST Cut

Posted 07.25.2011 | Canada Business

(CBC)--The B.C. government is proposing to cut the HST by two percentage points by 2014, send out cheques to families and hike corporate taxes, if Bri...