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HST Opposition Undermined By Its Leaders In Public Forums

Bill Vander Zalm deserves some respect. He’s a political entrepreneur of enviable skill. With nothing but a great big grin and an inflated sense of outrage, he mobilized hundreds of volunteers across B.C. to collect an incredible 700,000 signatures against [...]

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BC’s Independent MLAs Demand Premier Clark Investigate Use of Hydraulic Fracturing

British Columbia’s two Independent MLAs are calling on Premier Clark to publicly investigate the development of the province’s unconventional gas basins and the use of hydraulic fracturing

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Bob Simpson: Electoral Reform: An Unfinished Conversation

The recent federal election has once again reignited debate about the need to reform our voting system and a “National Day of Action for Electoral Reform” has

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EVENT: Panel Discussion on the Future of Electoral Reform in British Columbia

VICTORIA, BC — Democratic reform is still alive in BC! On Saturday, April 30th, the Greater Victoria chapter of Fair Vote Canada and the University of Victoria’s

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Bob Simpson MLA: Where’s Our Money?

I attended the town hall on the status of Quesnel’s multi-centre project this week and listened to MP Dick Harris make a comment that got my Scottish dander

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Bob Simpson MLA: Does BC Still Have a Climate Change Agenda?

There’s a certain irony that the NDP leadership candidates have committed to continue with BC’s carbon tax, while it’s uncertain what the new Premier is going to do

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Bob Simpson MLA: Is a Personal Attack Okay if it’s Funny?

The BC NDP hit a home run with its Christy Crunch political attack ad. The ad went viral on the internet, got tons of media attention, and

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Bob Simpson: Politicizing the Budgeting Process

If a federal election is called this week, British Columbians will be in the untenable position of having both a provincial and federal budget that have neither been

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MLA Q+A: Vicki Huntington

MLA Q+A is a new feature by BC Vote. Five questions will be presented to each of the 85 MLAs in the British Columbia Legislature. Three of these

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Bob Simpson: How Did We End Up With an Unelected Premier?

This week Christy Clark was sworn in as BC's 35th Premier along with seventeen Liberal MLAs who will serve in her Cabinet. These 18 people make up

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Bob Simpson: Are We Serving Our Seniors Well?

One of the saddest aspects of my job involves the issue of seniors’ care and hearing the heart wrenching stories families bring to my office that highlight the

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The BC Green Liberals endorse George Abbott

There was some discussion on Twitter today about the BC Green Liberals. Proving that the BC Liberal Party is turning into a very very big tent,

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Dogwood Days: Amor De Cosmos, Father of Confederation

Amor De Cosmos, Father of Confederation Born William Alexander Smith in Windsor, Nova Scotia, on 20 August 1825, Amor De Cosmos (loosely translated as Lover of the Universe) was

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First Memories of Provincial Politics

Growing up in Victoria, the provincial capital, my first clear memory of provincial politics is a deck. It was a deck that brought down a Premier, and later

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BC Poverty Reduction Coalition launches new campaign

The BC Poverty Reduction Coalition recently renewed their call on British Columbia's political parties to commit to legislating targets and timelines to dramatically reduce and ultimately end poverty

How BC’s leadership races are stacking up

Being a B.C. politics junkie and living in Ontario is no easy thing. That's one reason why I spend an awful lot of time on Twitter –

Behind the statistics on children we failed

There is a useful editorial on the Representative for Children and Youth report on the death of 21 children involved with Ministry of Children and Families here.

Four BC Ferries vessels overdue for stability tests (in Transportation)

Four British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. vessels are past their due dates for stability tests, according to a document from the publicly-owned company.

Heed's 'star candidate' status looking dim

You could make a pretty good movie based on Kash Heed's disastrous political career. A cautionary tale about ambition, the perils of modern politics and the risks of

It’s necessary to team up with dictators, oil sands firm says (in Environment)

The CEO of French energy giant Total, a major Alberta oil sands investor, sees no problem making deals with dictators and corrupt regimes, so long as the oil

It’s necessary to team up with dictators, oil sands firm says (in Environment)

The CEO of French energy giant Total, a major Alberta oil sands investor, sees no problem making deals with dictators and corrupt regimes, so long as the oil

Dirty money fears at casinos overblown: former BCLC president (in BC Politics)

Revelations in the media earlier this month that gamblers in B.C. casinos are exchanging hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash for betting chips raised suspicions among law

Dirty money fears at casinos overblown: former BCLC president (in BC Politics)

Revelations in the media earlier this month that gamblers in B.C. casinos are exchanging hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash for betting chips raised suspicions among law

Metro responds to growth strategy criticism (in All)

Metro Vancouver has issued a response to a West Coast Environmental Law analysis that claims the region's new growth strategy plan could cause legal problems. At the heart

The latest morale-busting staff disaster at Vancouver city hall

Of all the departures from city hall since Vision Vancouver took charge, Carlene Robbins’ abrupt exit on Monday is the most puzzling.

A lot of reporters knew Carlene. She

Champagne socialist MacPhail toasts the Red Baron Dix

It gets stranger and stranger on the socialist side of the BC political spectrum.
It started today with NDP sister turned

NDP launches attack ad aimed at Liberal candidates

Langley School Board keeps rotating board chair (in Education)

Langley School Board swore in its seventh and final trustee Tuesday night, but has decided to keep its rotating chair schedule instead of appointing a chair or vice

Poverty contributed to 21 BC child deaths: children’s advocate (in BC Politics)

VICTORIA - British Columbia's children's watchdog is calling on the provincial government to do something about the province's high child poverty rate in a report that reviews the

On Kash Heed and the RCMP contract

Two useful editorials in the Times Colonist today.

Heed's tainted election

"Liberal MLA Kash Heed is trying to escape the consequences of illegal campaign actions by pleading ignorance. It



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