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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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B.C. Liberals raking in donor cash in run-up to May 9 election

Jan 14 2017 — Rob Shaw — Premier Christy Clark’s relentless and often controversial political fundraising has left her party awash in cash with a provincial election approaching. Figures provided Friday by her governing B.C. Liberal party show it raised $12.5 million in 2016. That’s more than it earned during the same period in 2012 during the last election cycle, and almost […]

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Alberta premier fails to get B.C. NDP to back oil pipeline project

Dec 7 2016 — Rob Shaw — Alberta’s NDP premier has failed to persuade B.C.’s NDP leader to support Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. Premier Rachel Notley and B.C. Opposition leader John Horgan met in Vancouver Monday evening for dinner to discuss the pipeline, which Notley has argued will bring much-needed jobs and economic development, but which Horgan has vowed to […]

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B.C. government unveils details of affordable housing fund

Nov 22 2016 — Rob Shaw — The B.C. government is set to roll out its plan to create almost 2,900 new rental units Tuesday, with half the affordable housing stock earmarked for the Lower Mainland. Premier Christy Clark and Housing Minister Rich Coleman will unveil 68 affordable housing projects across the province, totalling 2,897 new rental units. The details flesh out […]

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BC premier hints at extra education funding after Supreme Court ruling

Nov 12 2016 — Rob Shaw — Premier Christy Clark says extra funding could be coming for the public education system following her government’s loss in a key court case at the Supreme Court of Canada. Clark said the financial implications of the court ruling remain unclear, but the government anticipated the ruling and is ready to sit down with the B.C. […]

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Transportation spending suggests B.C. Liberals are playing old-fashioned blacktop politics

Nov 5 2016 — Rob Shaw — B.C. communities represented by Liberal MLAs are more likely to get lucrative transportation projects such as highway repaving, road widening and bridge work, according to a Postmedia News analysis of provincial spending since the last election. The province has committed $1.3 billion on tendered road projects since May 2013, with almost three-quarters of the money […]