Jan 7 2019 — Charlie Smith — Straight.com — Fifteen months after being elected leader of the federal New Democrats, Jagmeet Singh still doesn’t have a seat in Parliament. And he’s urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to call by-elections immediately across the country, including in Burnaby South, where Singh hopes to succeed Kennedy Stewart as MP.
Dec 24 2018 — Charlie Smith — Straight.com — At the moment, the most popular article on Straight.com is “Who will replace Jagmeet Singh as leader of the federal NDP?”. Yesterday was a slow news day, so I decided to compile a list of possible replacements for the embattled politician. It seemed like a worthwhile exercise, given the federal NDP’s low standing in the […]
Aug 21 2018 — Charlie Smith — Straight.com — Two B.C. anti-abortion activists will attend this week’s Conservative policy convention in Halifax to push the party to change its position on this issue. UBC law school graduate Tabitha Ewert and Mike Schouten are with WeNeedaLAW.ca, which is campaigning for a new national law on abortion.
May 20 2018 — Charlie Smith — Straight.com — A Calgary businessman and part-owner of the Nashville Predators has an unusual idea for bringing down B.C.’s NDP minority government. W. Brett Wilson stated on Twitter that he’s “thinking we should just pay a couple of folks from #PremierHorgan @NDP teamto cross the floor & give power back to the people of #BritishColumbia”.
Dec 19 2017 — Charlie Smith — Straight.com — There have been four federal elections when the NDP was holding power in B.C. And each time, the party’s federal wing was slaughtered. This is no doubt on the mind of B.C.’s 14 NDP MPs just two years from the next federal election. It takes on added significance in the wake of the provincial cabinet’s […]
Sep 16 2017 — Charlie Smith — Straight.com — Three days before New Democrats begin voting for their next federal leader, a Vancouver party stalwart has thrown her support behind Charlie Angus. “I landed with Charlie because, well, he has this common touch, and smile, and fierceness that draws me along the political path ahead of us,” former deputy leader Libby Davies said in […]
Jul 11 2017 — Charlie Smith — Straight.com — Jagmeet Singh is gathering a great deal of steam in his bid to become the next leader of the federal NDP. Today, eight members of the B.C. NDP caucus endorsed the 38-year-old Ontario MPP and lawyer. One of them, Surrey-Whalley MLA Bruce Ralston, said in a statement today that he’s impressed by Singh’s understanding of […]
Apr 16 2017 — Charlie Smith — Straight.com — What might have caught some off-guard, however, was his decision to test out his Punjabi. Julian’s facility with languages will come in handy as he attempts to become the next leader of the federal New Democrats. He’s a fluent French speaker and he sometimes delivers speeches in Mandarin. In an interview with the Straight at […]
Dec 5 2016 — Charlie Smith — Straight.com — Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr is under fire from a former Liberal minister and ex-premier for inflammatory comments in the wake of the cabinet’s approval of the Kinder Morgan pipeline. Ujjal Dosanjh, health minister in the Paul Martin-led Liberal government, called Carr’s remarks “kooky” in a blog post. Dosanjh is also a former B.C. premier […]
Nov 30 2016 — Charlie Smith — Straight.com — A veteran Liberal MP has gone public with her dissatisfaction over her government approving a controversial pipeline. “Cabinet’s decision to approve the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Expansion project is incredibly disappointing for me and for many in Vancouver Quadra and British Columbia,” Joyce Murray said in a statement to constituents this evening. “I worked hard […]
Nov 27 2016 — Charlie Smith — Straight.com — The B.C. NDP’s newest candidate is also the first transgender woman to run for a party with seats in the B.C. legislature. Morgane Oger has been chair of the Vancouver District Parent Advisory Council and president of the Trans Alliance Society. She will carry the party’s banner in Vancouer-False Creek against B.C. Liberal incumbent Sam […]
Aug 22 2016 — Charlie Smith — Straight.com — When Premier Christy Clark chooses a Friday in late August to make an announcement, you know she doesn’t want it to attract much attention. That’s because communications experts often say that many voters ignore newscasts on weekends. Especially during the Summer Olympics.
Jun 2 2016 — Charlie Smith — Straight.com — It’s not unusual to see books by or about politicians appear in the run-up to an election. Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair, and Green Party of Canada Leader Elizabeth May all wrote tomes timed to help them in the 2015 campaign. Similarly, there’s a flattering new book about Premier Christy Clark, which […]