Mike De Jong

Big Budget Surplus Not For Teachers' Deal: Finance Minister

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.10.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - Finance Minister Mike de Jong says British Columbia's budget surplus is higher than originally forecast, but he's not about to fork over th...

B.C. Teachers' Strike Can't Be Solved With Hush Money And Guilt Trips

Ashley D. MacKenzie | Posted 08.01.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Ashley D. MacKenzie

The government is essentially paying families hush money to make them more complacent to what's happening here. Are they seriously trying to buy public opinion?

Troubling Isn't The Word For It, Minister De Jong

Dermod Travis | Posted 09.14.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

If cabinet ministers had theme songs, B.C. Finance Minister Mike de Jong's would likely be "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen," because when there's a misstep in government it's a safe bet he'll be troubled by it.

B.C. Budget Surplus $200M Higher Than Forecast

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.14.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - British Columbia's post-election budget surplus came in $200 million higher than forecast, but the province's finance minister said that do...

Gov't Won't Impose Settlement In Teachers' Strike: Finance Minister

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.14.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The B.C. government will not impose a settlement in the teachers' dispute even if there's no deal by September, the finance minister says....

Find Out What B.C. Politicians Expense

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.06.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - British Columbians will soon be able to see the personal spending records of the politicians they send to Victoria.After several recent spe...

B.C.'s Business Tax Regime Needs Competitive Jumpstart

Charles Lammam | Posted 05.05.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Charles Lammam

One item sorely missing from the B.C. finance minister's recent budget was a plan to make the province's business taxes more competitive and attractive for investment. When the province shifted back to the PST last year, the cost of doing business and investing increased dramatically. Disappointingly, de Jong's budget did nothing to address this shackle around BC's economy. Tax reform, however, might be the light at the end of tunnel.

MLA's Expenses Under Fire

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.04.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - British Columbia's Opposition New Democrats are defending the legislature's Speaker after media reports revealed she had racked tens of tho...

MLA's Expenses Under Fire

CBC | Posted 05.04.2014 | Canada British Columbia

Legislative Speaker Linda Reid came under fire Tuesday for racking up $120,000 in various expenses and renovations, including a new  $48,000 touch-sc...

B.C.'s Budgetary Sleight Of Hand

Dermod Travis | Posted 04.30.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

The funny thing about provincial budgets is that sometimes they tell you a lot more about a government's attitude than what the politicians might have intended when they first wrote the document.

B.C. LNG Plans 'Way Behind Schedule': Expert

CP | James Keller, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.21.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - British Columbia Premier Christy Clark insisted Wednesday it's still possible her much-hyped vision for liquefied natural gas could start ...

B.C. Budget Quotes

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.20.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - Quotes on the B.C. budget:———"The budget in one or two words? I came up with three — a triple-b budget — boring, balanced budget....

B.C. Budget Leaves Families Behind

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.20.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - Families First was a surprisingly successful slogan for Premier Christy Clark's Liberals, but families aren't necessarily first in the gove...

Budget Is 'Boring, Balanced,' Says De Jong

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.20.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - British Columbia's Liberal government tabled a balanced budget Tuesday, delivering a fiscal blueprint that forecasts three years of surplus...

Budget Boots, Belt Tightened

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.19.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - Finance Minister Mike de Jong says he's wearing a pair of resoled shoes to Tuesday's budget to send the message that British Columbia is on...

B.C. Budget Balanced, Promises Finance Minister

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.18.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - British Columbia's finance minister says the budget he is preparing to table Tuesday is balanced, but Mike de Jong is issuing the same warn...

Too Many Struggling To Get By In A 'Have' Province

Dermod Travis | Posted 04.16.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

Halifax or Vancouver? Ask most folk which city boasts the higher median family income and chances are they'll say Vancouver. They couldn't be more wrong.

Big Agenda For Legislature Sitting

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.12.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - British Columbia's highly anticipated plans to regulate and tax the liquefied natural gas industry remain a work in progress, but the gover...

Community-Health Workers Ratify Contract

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.05.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - More than 15,000 community-health employees, including home-support workers, alcohol and drug counsellors and staff at mental-health group ...

When Is B.C. Budget Day 2014?

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia

B.C.'s Liberal government will unveil its budget on Feb. 18 this year. The government was on track to balance its books with a surplus of $165 mill...

Health-Care Workers Deal Ratified

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.22.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The association representing more than 16,000 health care workers in British Columbia has ratified a deal that gives members a 5.5 per cen...

2013's Top 10 Stories for B.C. Small Businesses

Mike Klassen | Posted 02.19.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Mike Klassen

According to our monthly Business Barometer survey, B.C. small business confidence grew substantially this year. In February, B.C. ranked in sixth place among Canada's 10 provinces -- but by the end of November, we were sitting solidly in second place. With the New Year almost upon us, it is worthwhile to take a moment to reflect upon 2013's high and low points for small business.

B.C Deal Pays Unions Dividends

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.02.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - Government workers in British Columbia are poised to endorse a growth-sharing offer as part of a long-term contract settlement with the pro...

Balanced Books?

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.26.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - Job growth in British Columbia has stalled, but it's too early to call Premier Christy Clark's highly-touted jobs plan a bust, Finance Mini...

B.C.'s Huge Bond Sale

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - British Columbia's Ministry of Finance says it has raised about $428 million through a bond sale in China.The one-year term bonds were sol...