National Newswatch

Horgan shares vision of NDP government at town-hall meeting

Jun 21 2017 — — It’s almost as if Election 2017 hasn’t ended. NDP Leader John Horgan held a town-hall meeting in Vancouver on Tuesday evening, reiterating his party’s campaign promises and fielding questions from the audience about what an NDP government will do once in power. If the meeting felt like a campaign event, it’s because the May 9 […]

Just over one-quarter of British Columbians want a snap election: poll

Jun 20 2017 — — As there continues to be uncertainty in Victoria, just over a quarter of British Columbians want to see a snap election, according to a new poll. The Angus Reid Institute released its latest poll Tuesday morning and results show that while 29 per cent think B.C. should hold another election “right away” to deal with […]

Christy Clark to focus on social reforms in B.C. throne speech

Jun 20 2017 — — B.C.’s moribund Liberal government is promising a last-minute reversal on some of its hardline policies, and may even pick up enough support to pass key legislation before it’s toppled in the legislature. Green Leader Andrew Weaver threw his party’s support Monday — and its three key votes — behind a Liberal plan to introduce legislation […]

Horgan, Weaver reaffirm alliance, blast Clark for delays, distraction

Jun 15 2017 — — With eight days before the B.C. legislature convenes, the NDP and Green party publicly reaffirmed their power-sharing alliance after speculation the problem of which party would supply an MLA to become Speaker was causing cracks. NDP Leader John Horgan and Green Leader Andrew Weaver also criticized Premier Christy Clark for hanging on to power, appointing […]

B.C. Premier Christy Clark introduces new cabinet

Jun 12 2017 — — Their reign is expected to be a short one, but Premier Christy Clark and her cabinet were officially sworn in by Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon at Government House on Monday in Victoria. Clark will recall the legislature on June 22 for a confidence vote that she’s expected to lose after the New Democrats and Greens reached […]

Christy Clark raises much and donates little

Jun 5 2017 — Daphne Bramham — There’s a glaring irony in the phrase “pay-to-play” when it comes to B.C. politics. While developers, oil companies, banks, unions and lobbyists clearly got the memo, B.C.’s fundraiser in chief apparently didn’t. Christy Clark helped raise $7.6 million for the B.C. Liberals in 2016. But the premier and party leader didn’t contribute a dollar of […]

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 […]

Expert says columnist suggestion Alberta shut fuel pipeline to B.C. ‘pretty ruinous’

Jun 3 2017 — — If British Columbia’s government-in-waiting wants to obstruct Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, Alberta might retaliate by halting fuel flows to B.C. on the existing Trans Mountain pipeline, a Calgary newspaper columnist has suggested. “B.C. Green Leader Andrew Weaver says Alberta should ‘get with the program’ and move away from oil and gas,” writes Calgary […]

Pipeline politics key to Weaver weaving historic deal

May 30 2017 — Vaughn Palmer — The word “historic” gets tossed around with abandon these days, but that was the right way to describe what unfolded Monday afternoon in the foyer outside the B.C. legislature chamber. The setting itself was apt: The ceremonial entrance open and the chamber beyond fully lighted, 87 desks in place, awaiting confirmation as to who would […]

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) […]