National Newswatch

NDP government sends Site C dam for independent review

Aug 3 2017 — Rob Shaw — B.C.’s new NDP government has referred the largest construction project in the province’s history, the Site C dam, to an independent review to see whether it should continue, be paused or completely cancelled. Energy Minister Michelle Mungall made the announcement at the legislature Wednesday. The review will start on Aug. 9. “Rather than questioning whether […]

Christy Clark’s former deputy minister agrees to help NDP government

Aug 2 2017 — Rob Shaw — Former premier Christy Clark’s deputy minister, Kim Henderson, has agreed to provide advice to the new NDP government. Henderson was fired, with severance pay, during the NDP’s transition to power. She was replaced by Don Wright, who is now Premier John Horgan’s deputy minister and head of the public service. Henderson has agreed to act […]

Severance packages for fired B.C. Liberals cost taxpayers millions

Jul 22 2017 — Rob Shaw — The new NDP government’s transition to power cost taxpayers $11.3 million in severance packages for fired Liberal political staffers. The NDP terminated 133 Liberal appointees, including ministerial assistants, public relations staffers and a few deputy ministers. The total bill for severance packages was $11,322,206, the government revealed Friday, or an average of about $85,000 per […]

Christy Clark retools her senior staff for opposition

Jul 11 2017 — Rob Shaw — Outgoing premier Christy Clark has set her new staff as she transitions to leader of B.C.’s opposition. Clark on Tuesday named Nick Koolsbergen as her opposition chief of staff, Jessica Wolford as deputy chief of staff and Stephen Smart as executive director of communications and issues management. Several of her most high-profile staff do not […]

Clark to tell lieutenant-governor the NDP-Green alliance cannot offer stable government

Jun 28 2017 — Rob Shaw — Premier Christy Clark says she’ll tell B.C.’s lieutenant-governor that the legislature has no hope of functioning properly under an NDP government, advice that could pave the way for another provincial election. Clark’s Liberals are expected to be defeated in a confidence vote on Thursday and Clark would immediately visit Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon to hand in […]

B.C. finance minister to rush out unaudited financial update before confidence vote

Jun 28 2017 — Rob Shaw — B.C.’s Liberal government, facing imminent defeat by its opponents in the legislature, is rushing out the province’s year-end financial figures before they can be certified by the independent auditor general. Finance Minister Mike de Jong said he’ll release a “financial update” on the year-end public accounts on Wednesday — one day before his Liberal government […]

Christy Clark eyes narrow road to redemption

Jun 5 2017 — Rob Shaw — Christy Clark is entering her dying days as B.C.’s 35th premier. Her once-mighty Liberal government will soon be skulking off to the cramped and unglamorous offices of the official Opposition. It’s going to be an easy time to kick Clark when she’s down. And maybe she and the Liberals deserve it. But it would be […]

Premier Horgan would face tough choices for his cabinet

May 29 2017 — Rob Shaw — British Columbia Premier John Horgan. Let that phrase sink in for a minute. Because by Wednesday, it could become the new political reality. B.C. Green Leader Andrew Weaver will decide by then which party his three MLAs will support in a future government. Neither the NDP (at 41 seats) nor the Liberals (at 43 seats) […]