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As Green Party withdraws non-confidence vote, Elizabeth May declines to comment on turmoil surrounding Leader Annamie Paul

Jul 19 2021 — Ian Bailey — Green Party Leader Annamie Paul will not face a non-confidence vote this week that could have led to her being ousted from her role as a federal election looms. The party’s 13-member governing party had been scheduled to make their vote on Tuesday; however, former leadership contender Dimitri Lascaris said it is his understanding that […]

Seamus O’Regan aides door-knocked for Newfoundland Liberals during taxpayer-funded trip from Ottawa

Jun 12 2021 — Ian Bailey — Two political aides to federal Natural Resources Minister Seamus O’Regan travelled to Newfoundland and Labrador at taxpayers’ expense amid the pandemic and spent part of their time on the island door-knocking for the provincial Liberals during the province’s recent election campaign. Publicly accessible records show that Geordie Summers-Lubar and Ian Cameron both travelled to the […]

Public gives poor grade to federal efforts to get to net zero: report

May 17 2021 — Ian Bailey — Public opinion research for Natural Resources Canada shows many Canadians are giving the federal government poor grades on key goals in the fight against climate change. The executive summary of research report Natural Resource Issues in a Low-Carbon Economy says more Canadians rate the federal government’s performance as poor, as opposed to good, on implementing […]

New Democrats vetting resolutions ahead of convention

Apr 5 2021 — Ian Bailey — Rank-and-file New Democrats have begun voting on hundreds of motions that include a call for a 100-per-cent tax on billionaires and the removal of all statues honouring Canada’s first prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald. The party will hold a convention this weekend to come up with planks for a platform Leader Jagmeet Singh can […]

Former Green leader backs Horgan in B.C. election

Sep 25 2020 — Ian Bailey — Former B.C. Green Party leader Andrew Weaver says he’s supporting NDP Leader John Horgan in the upcoming provincial election, a high-profile endorsement that comes as his Green successor accuses Mr. Horgan of rewriting history for saying his collaboration with the party was holding back his agenda. In a campaign speech on Thursday in Maple Ridge, […]

Bonnie Henry seeks input from restaurant industry on ideas for reopening sites once restrictions are loosened

Apr 21 2020 — Ian Bailey — British Columbia’s public-health officer is challenging the province’s embattled restaurant industry, largely closed as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, to come up with innovative options to allow for in-restaurant dining when B.C. eventually eases its pandemic restrictions. In her daily briefing Monday, Bonnie Henry said the challenge is to figure out how to proceed […]

In B.C., Jean Chrétien defends controversial Trudeau decision on Trans Mountain, says blackface issue is ‘over’

Sep 27 2019 — Ian Bailey — Former prime minister Jean Chrétien dismissed questions about revelations that Justin Trudeau has worn blackface by saying it’s “over,” and defended the Liberal Leader’s decision to purchase a pipeline as a practical necessity as he rallied party volunteers during a Vancouver-region campaign swing. The blackface issue came up after Mr. Chrétien, who led the country […]

B.C. Speaker launches second investigation of Sergeant-at-Arms

Jul 15 2019 — Ian Bailey — The B.C. Speaker has launched a second investigation into the conduct of the legislature’s Sergeant-at-Arms, even though he was cleared by an earlier probe into allegations of questionable overseas travel, inappropriate expense claims and benefits. Late last year, Gary Lenz and former legislature clerk Craig James were accused by Speaker Darryl Plecas of misspending of […]