Category: British Columbia

Harper ministers descend on BC to save Northern Gateway

| September 22, 2013 | 0 Comments
Harper ministers descend on BC to save Northern Gateway

Eleventh-hour rush of meetings won’t change minds on Northern Gateway With Parliament prorogued until October 16, Harper cabinet minister after cabinet minister has suddenly shown up in British Columbia, requesting meetings about Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline. Chiefs of First Nations. Municipal leaders. Community town halls. No venue is too small, no location too distant not to be […]

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Adrian Dix resignation points to BC NDP successor’s challenge

| September 19, 2013 | 0 Comments
Adrian Dix resignation points to BC NDP successor’s challenge

BC NDP must fight back hard against Liberals, elect “clean” leader different from Adrian Dix BC NDP leader Adrian Dix did the gracious thing this week and resigned. Even in resignation, Dix retained the high road he had travelled throughout the May election. Therein lies the story of his downfall. When you’re up against an opponent […]

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BC Hydro and Christy Clark’s betrayal of BC voters

| September 15, 2013 | 0 Comments
BC Hydro and Christy Clark’s betrayal of BC voters

BC Utilities Commission wants to review BC Hydro rates but Energy Minister Bill Bennett refuses You don’t get to be on the board of a crown corporation like BC Hydro, or become its CEO or other senior officer, without being favourable to the party in power. That may not be an official “rule of appointments,” but […]

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British Columbia youth leaving for greener pastures

| September 6, 2013 | 0 Comments
British Columbia youth leaving for greener pastures

British Columbia interprovincial migration picks up as opportunity contracts If the Christy Clark government in British Columbia would really like to make a difference for the province’s future, they’d do well to figure out how to keep BC’s youth in the province. This isn’t a call for a job creation program. It’s about getting the fundamentals right, […]

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BC carbon tax not responsible for dropping gas consumption

| August 18, 2013 | 0 Comments
BC carbon tax not responsible for dropping gas consumption

More cross-border gas purchases more responsible than BC carbon tax By Jock Finlayson   The BC carbon tax has been attracting renewed attention. Last month Ottawa-based think tank Sustainable Prosperity (SP) issued a report claiming that the BC carbon tax has triggered a rapid-fire decline in fossil fuel consumption, leading to a sizeable drop in […]

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BC Ferries – No planning, policy vision, funds crippling service

| August 18, 2013 | 0 Comments
BC Ferries – No planning, policy vision, funds crippling service

BC Liberal failures with BC Ferries forcing fares up, use down The big BC Ferries news this week didn’t make the headlines. The media was full of indignation at the pay rises and bonuses paid to BC Ferries senior executives. The opposition BC NDP were all over this, pointing out that the “profit” BC Ferries reported was […]

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Jane Sterk leaving BC Green leadership as expected

| August 14, 2013 | 0 Comments
Jane Sterk leaving BC Green leadership as expected

Jane Sterk like to be replaced by first-ever Green MLA Andrew Weaver First, Jane Sterk was going. Then, she was staying. Now, she’s going, for real. Jane Sterk, leader of the BC Green Party since 2007, will resign Aug. 24. Her unofficial resignation has been given by Twitter. Sterk was expected to resign soon after the […]

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British Columbia redistricting plan will add MLAs, victim of muddled thinking

| July 30, 2013 | 0 Comments
British Columbia redistricting plan will add MLAs, victim of muddled thinking

Focus will be on “all those MLAs” rather than on what equity looks like It’s a battle that’s working its way across the country, in the wake of the federal redistricting plan. Federally, we’ll be adding 30 new MPs to the House of Commons in 2015. The new riding maps have been out in the […]

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B.C. accounting rules make it impossible to know who’s lying anymore

| July 25, 2013 | 0 Comments
B.C. accounting rules make it impossible to know who’s lying anymore

Government trying to balance books by shifting B.C. accounting rules: “it’s a deficit … no, it’s a surplus”; even finance minister confused We’re taught to believe that the numbers don’t lie. We’re taught that, no matter what else, you can’t avoid the reckoning of balancing your accounts. And then we’re taught that auditors are there […]

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BC Liberal government the best other peoples’ money can buy

| July 20, 2013 | 0 Comments
BC Liberal government the best other peoples’ money can buy

Are Christy Clark and her BC Liberal government for sale to highest bidder? Most Canadians think we solved the problem of big money influencing elections quite a while ago. Weren’t union and corporate donations made illegal? Weren’t personal donations reduced to $1,100 per year (with another $1,100 for leadership races or riding associations)? Well, yes, […]

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