Premier Christy Clark

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.

No Escaping B.C. Governments' Pre-Election Political Programming

Dermod Travis | Posted 10.18.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

The B.C. government is in the midst of saturating television shows and social media news feeds in the province with a multimillion-dollar back-patting advertising campaign in advance of the 2017 election. The B.C. Liberal party -- who clearly have money to burn -- is getting in on the act as well with mood-setting political ads.

B.C. Foreign Buyers Tax Isn't Going Anywhere, Premier Says

CP | Linda Givetash, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.06.2016 | Canada British Columbia

The tax was intended to calm what Christy Clark called a "distorted market."

B.C. Officials Racked Up $49.8 Million In Credit Card Charges

Dermod Travis | Posted 08.02.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

In a $46.3-billion budget, $49.8 million is chump change, but the B.C. government's 84,346 credit card charges in 2015-16 do offer some insights into how the B.C. government spends on the run. While the number of charges is down from 102,418 in 2014-15, the dollar value is up from $45.1 million.

B.C. Liberals' Long-Shot LNG Deal Was Fantasy After All

Dermod Travis | Posted 07.25.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

B.C. may still see an LNG plant, but as for that $1 trillion in economic activity and $100 billion prosperity fund the only step left is to call time of death. There's an upside for the government. The public never bought the hype in the first place.

Put Brakes On Proposed Massey Tunnel Replacement Bridge

Dermod Travis | Posted 07.04.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

With news last week that all but one of Metro Vancouver's mayors have given a firm thumbs down to the B.C. government's proposal for a 10-lane, three-kilometre bridge to replace the George Massey Tunnel, it's a good opportunity to take a step back and give this idea more than a quick once-over.

The Devastating Opportunity Costs Of B.C.'s 'Balanced Budget'

Lizanne Foster | Posted 02.25.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Lizanne Foster

I have a friend who is so poor that sometimes he will buy one can of tuna so that both he and his cat can eat. He's not the only B.C. citizen trying to make the most of extremely limited resources. He certainly considers himself luckier than those who sometimes can only afford to eat pet food.

B.C. Voters Care About More Than Money

Lizanne Foster | Posted 01.18.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Lizanne Foster

Does Premier Christy Clark believe that money is the only thing on the minds of voters? Does she think that voters are really enjoying having the extra money in their pockets from all her tax cuts so that they can have the choice to pay to cross bridges? Does she think we're pleased that we have some extra change to support school fundraisers and to donate to Adopt-a-School?

B.C. Trade Missions Fail To Deliver The Bang For The Buck

Dermod Travis | Posted 11.25.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

For those not counting, there have been eight B.C. trade missions to China alone in the last 18 months. Forests minister Steve Thomson is set to leave on a ninth mission this Friday. Trade missions aren't cheap, they set the B.C. government back $767,000 in 2014 and that doesn't include the bill for local governments, universities and other agencies.

B.C. Throne Speech Lacks Bold LNG Predictions

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.12.2015 | Canada British Columbia

Previous bold forecasts of a liquefied natural gas bonanza for the province were muted.

LNG Not The Climate Change Solution B.C. Promises: Report

CP | Terri Theodore, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.27.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A report from the Pembina Institute pokes holes in the British Columbia government's claim that exporting liquefied natural gas is the gre...

B.C. Isn't Properly Prepared For A Bitumen Spill

Adam Olsen | Posted 02.19.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Adam Olsen

Premier Christy Clark set out five conditions for pipeline development in British Columbia. The Premier has been firm on these conditions and has repeated many times that pipeline projects will not be allowed in British Columbia if her conditions are not met. So, why is Kinder Morgan dilbit currently being transported through the Salish Sea? And why hasn't the provincial government stepped in to stop it?

Why Solutions to Vancouver's Mental Health Crisis Are Being Undermined

Susan Inman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Susan Inman

The VPD reports that 1 in 5 of the calls they respond to involve mental illness. Among the five recommendations that could reduce this inappropriate police involvement is the development an urgent care centre in Vancouver that will be staffed by psychiatrists. Anyone who has waited many hours in a crowded ER with a very psychotic person knows that this makes sense.

Clark Warns Canada Unprepared For Tanker Oil Spills

CBC | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia

If a tanker were to spill oil off the coast of British Columbia today, the federal government would not have the resources to handle a large-scale...

Adrian Dix: B.C. Liberals Are Cheats

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.16.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - Opposition New Democrat Leader Adrian Dix called British Columbia's Liberals cheats Wednesday, as the ongoing debate about the failed Liber...

Christy Clark's Hard Election Sell

CP | James Keller, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.21.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - British Columbia's premier insists voters don't want their politicians to make expensive promises during the election campaign this spring...

'Better A MILF Than A Cougar'

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 12.31.2012 | Canada British Columbia

B.C. Premier Christy Clark embroiled herself in a year-end controversy over her response to a radio host's surprise question asking her what it's like...

'It's Been Challenging'

CBC | Posted 02.18.2013 | Canada British Columbia

B.C. Premier Christy Clark says 2012 has been a challenging year but she's confident of the road ahead, including her party's chances in the coming pr...

Clark's Big Tourism Move

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

VANCOUVER - Premier Christy Clark has announced the creation of a Crown corporation called Destination BC to promote tourism in the province.She says ...

Christy Clark Damage Control

CBC | Posted 11.19.2012 | Canada British Columbia

B.C. Premier Christy Clark is in damage-control mode after quotes surfaced in Victoria newspapers in which she refers to the provincial capital as hav...

Authorities To Discuss Vancouver Riot Charges

CBC | Posted 08.20.2011 | Canada

CBC -- Prosecutors and police were to meet in Vancouver Monday morning to talk about criminal charges stemming from the city's Stanley Cup riot. So...