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Dermod Travis

Executive Director, IntegrityBC

Dermod Travis is the executive director of IntegrityBC, a non-profit group dedicated to restore a bond between citizens and their elected officials. He has been the executive director of the Canada Tibet Committee from 2007 to 2011, and is the founder of PIRA Communications.

Travis is a former member of Quebec’s Estates General on the Situation and the Future of the French Language and its Comité d’examen sur la langue d’enseignement. He's given guest lectures at the Université de Montréal, Columbia University, Concordia University, Carleton University and McGill University.
The B.C. Election Had A Fairy Tale

The B.C. Election Had A Fairy Tale Ending

It was a pretty safe bet going into election night that regardless of how the vote broke that there were four words from Premier Christy Clark's 2013 victory speech which would be left unsaid this year: "Well, that was easy."
06/07/2017 10:05 EDT
B.C. Liberals Post Yet Another Year Of Staggering Political

B.C. Liberals Post Yet Another Year Of Staggering Political Donations

Earlier this month the 2016 donation numbers for B.C.'s political parties were filed with Elections B.C. and, not unexpectedly, it was another bumper crop for the B.C. Liberals. The party raised $13.1 million, more than any other provincial party in Canada and $4.8 million more than the federal NDP and Green Party combined.
05/17/2017 11:24 EDT
Set The Record Straight On B.C. Health Ministry

Set The Record Straight On B.C. Health Ministry Firings

It's the missed opportunities over the 2012 health ministry firings that will forever haunt the B.C. government. Instead of seizing opportunities to set the record straight, Ombudsperson Jay Chalke's report pointed to a pattern of falsehood piled upon falsehood.
04/20/2017 12:01 EDT
Foreign Money Is Quite At Home In B.C.

Foreign Money Is Quite At Home In B.C. Politics

B.C. politics already has its dark money donations that are difficult to trace back to an actual donor. But the free for all when it comes to political fundraising in the province has given rise to another murky practice: raising campaign cash from some dark corners of the world.
04/04/2017 06:19 EDT
B.C. Liberals' Electoral Finance Reform Package Doesn't Amount To

B.C. Liberals' Electoral Finance Reform Package Doesn't Amount To Much

Using the B.C. government's proposed real-time disclosure of political donations bill as a prop, Clark announced that if re-elected her government will move to establish an independent panel to review B.C.'s Elections Act and come up with recommendations for the legislature's consideration.
03/22/2017 04:51 EDT
One Simple Donation Rule And B.C. Liberals Still Broke

One Simple Donation Rule And B.C. Liberals Still Broke It

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.
03/14/2017 01:09 EDT
B.C. General Election: Let The Liberal Mudslinging

B.C. General Election: Let The Liberal Mudslinging Commence

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.
02/17/2017 03:57 EST
A Sad State Of Affairs In The B.C.

A Sad State Of Affairs In The B.C. Government

The stipend affair has not been one of Clark's shining moments. It was sad that a premier who once boasted she was going to put families first didn't appreciate the optics of accepting a semi-secret, five-figure top-up that was more than most British Columbians make in a year.
02/09/2017 11:27 EST
B.C. Liberal Party Donors Far From Being A Grassroots

B.C. Liberal Party Donors Far From Being A Grassroots Crowd

Mere hours before the New York Times went to press with its look at the B.C. Liberal party's ethical scorecard, the party chose to get its 2016 fundraising results out ahead of the storm. One last chance at political counter-spin and what a marvel of spin it was. U.S. Republican party strategist Karl Rove would have been proud.
01/27/2017 11:38 EST
Trudeau Cash-For-Access Scandal A Bargain Compared To Christy

Trudeau Cash-For-Access Scandal A Bargain Compared To Christy Clark

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.
01/19/2017 06:04 EST
There's Some Seriously Unfinished Business In

There's Some Seriously Unfinished Business In B.C.

Premier Christy Clark has already taken off the table the one thing that leaves Canada's three other public auto insurers in decent financial shape: no-fault insurance. Makes one wonder who is so strongly opposed to the idea? Likely, a group that does well with the current regime. Lawyers spring to mind.
01/10/2017 08:02 EST
New Year's Resolutions Every B.C. Politician Should

New Year's Resolutions Every B.C. Politician Should Make

The year is almost a wrap and - safe to say - 2016 was one for the books. In keeping with the spirit of the season, it's time again for a few New Year's resolutions for B.C.'s political parties and politicians to consider in their on-going quest for self-improvement.
12/29/2016 03:44 EST
B.C.'s Propaganda Department Cranks Up

B.C.'s Propaganda Department Cranks Up Production

It's official. After hitting send to more than 2,680 news releases this year, the B.C. government's Communications and Public Engagement Office is now scraping the bottom of the barrel for an excuse -- any excuse -- to trumpet the government's prowess.
12/23/2016 10:00 EST
B.C. Affordable Housing Plan Barely Passes For Band-Aid

B.C. Affordable Housing Plan Barely Passes For Band-Aid Solution

Hate to be one of those folk that B.C. Housing Minister Rich Coleman believes has nothing better to do than get up and whine every day, but the B.C. government's affordable housing plan announced last week falls short. Sorry, someone had to say it.
12/01/2016 04:01 EST
B.C.'s Supreme Court Loss Its Latest In A Long Line Of

B.C.'s Supreme Court Loss Its Latest In A Long Line Of Blowouts

If winning cases before the Supreme Court of Canada could be likened to the National Hockey League, the B.C. government would be the Toronto Maple Leafs of litigants. Perhaps the government is getting bad legal advice? Perhaps it's not listening to good legal advice?
11/21/2016 02:01 EST