National Newswatch

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) […]

Liberals winning the campaigning in week one, NDP winning the war

Apr 17 2017 — Rob Shaw — One-quarter of B.C.’s election is in the books, and early observations over the first week go something like this: The B.C. Liberals are winning the campaigning. But the NDP is winning the war. Liberal Leader Christy Clark spent the week deploying the same personable high-energy campaign skills that proved her trademark in 2013, rallying crowds […]

B.C. Election 2017: The campaign has officially begun

Apr 11 2017 — Rob Shaw — The 2017 B.C. election is officially underway. Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon has agreed to dissolve the legislature and issue the writ of election in 87 ridings, after a meeting Tuesday with Premier Christy Clark at Government House in Victoria. With that formality complete, B.C.’s 28-day election campaign has begun. Voters head to the polls on May […]

Premier Clark dismisses Horgan as a leader who lacks a spine

Mar 17 2017 — Rob Shaw — With less than two months before the election, Premier Christy Clark is dismissing her primary opponent as a leader who can’t find his backbone or even lead his own caucus. Clark offered a harsh critique of the NDP’s John Horgan during an interview with Postmedia News on Thursday, saying that as the legislature adjourned to […]

B.C. budget offers cut to MSP premiums, but no reduction to PST or income tax

Feb 21 2017 — Rob Shaw — Major tax cuts promised by Premier Christy Clark largely failed to materialize in Tuesday’s provincial budget, replaced instead by partial future relief from medical premiums and spending increases for health care, child welfare and education. Finance Minister Mike de Jong resisted cutting the provincial sales tax, or personal income tax, as he attempted to fulfill […]

B.C. Liberal government promises financial relief in throne speech

Feb 15 2017 — Rob Shaw — B.C. Premier Christy Clark is promising last-minute tax cuts as a way to boost her party’s re-election chances, in a throne speech announcement her opponents denounced as a blatant bid to buy votes. Clark offered “financial relief” to taxpayers in her government’s speech from the throne Tuesday, which she said is a reward for British […]

Political donations cost B.C. taxpayers millions annually

Jan 17 2017 — Rob Shaw — Private donations to B.C.’s political parties cost taxpayers around $16 million between elections, under a lucrative, but little-discussed, provincial tax credit. B.C.’s political contribution tax credit program accounts for about $4 million a year in forgone provincial tax revenue, to partly reimburse the 25,000 people and businesses that donate to political parties, according to federal […]