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B.C. Greens gain ground on Vancouver Island at expense of Liberals, NDP: poll

Mar 23 2017 — — The B.C. Green party has seen a jump in support from decided and leaning voters on Vancouver Island, according to the latest weekly Mainstreet polling numbers released ahead of the May 9 provincial election. Andrew Weaver’s Greens went from 22 per cent support among those voters to 26 per cent, apparently pulling support evenly from […]

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Groups call on Christy Clark to return Kinder Morgan political donations

Mar 22 2017 — — Three environmental and public advocacy groups are calling on the B.C. Liberals to return hundreds of thousands of dollars donated by Kinder Morgan and its affiliated companies prior to the approval of their controversial pipeline expansion project. The groups — Stand.earth, Dogwood Initiative, and Leadnow — say the party’s acceptance of more than $770,000 in […]

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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. NDP grows its lead over Liberals in latest poll data

Mar 16 2017 — — The B.C. NDP continued to hold its lead — and even widened the gap slightly— over Premier Christy Clark’s Liberals in the latest poll data released ahead of this May’s provincial election. According to the latest Mainstreet polling numbers, 32 per cent of eligible voters support leader John Horgan’s B.C. NDP. That’s up three points […]

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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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Enter the dragon — How Kevin O’Leary wants to change Canada

Feb 11 2017 — Daphne Bramham — It’s likely that the 13 other candidates in the federal Conservative’s leadership race and the party’s 80,000-some members prefer to wait until after the May vote to declare a winner. But not Kevin O’Leary. He’s already moved on. During a 45-minute interview, he barely mentioned the leadership contest and he never once mentioned the names […]

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Justin Trudeau’s Senate reform ‘dangerous’ for B.C.: experts

Jan 23 2017 — Peter O'Neil — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, a self-styled “grandson of British Columbia,” has hurt the province with a Senate reform initiative that appears to have empowered the unelected upper chamber, say experts. Trudeau, in B.C. later this month as part of his town hall-style initiative of public outreach, has rejected calls to either abolish the $100 million-a-year […]

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Real estate developers topped B.C. Liberals donor list in the past year

Jan 18 2017 — — Eight of the 10 top donors to the B.C. Liberal party in 2016, and so far in 2017, are involved in the province’s property development and construction industries. Combined, the eight donors contributed nearly $1.5 million of the $12.5 million collected by the Liberals during the period, an analysis by Postmedia News of the donor […]

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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 […]