National Newswatch

Wilson-Raybould affirms commitment to Liberals, says there’s ‘path forward’ to higher standard of government

Mar 15 2019 — Ian Bailey — Jody Wilson-Raybould says the past few weeks have been “incredibly hard” for her and her family, but she says she remains committed to the federal Liberal Party and a higher standard of government. The former attorney-general spoke Thursday to a crowded party event in her Vancouver-Granville riding, declaring that she had enjoyed being in cabinet […]

Jody Wilson-Raybould ready to run for re-election as federal Liberal

Mar 9 2019 — Ian Bailey — Walter Wells voted Liberal in 2015 and doesn’t think he’ll do that again this year. But he says he will be volunteering to work on Jody Wilson-Raybould’s expected re-election campaign. Mr. Wells, a 57-year-old residential realtor, actually lives just outside of Vancouver Granville, Ms. Wilson-Raybould’s riding. But he said he has been inspired by the […]

B.C. NDP government moving toward more labour-friendly policies

Aug 4 2018 — Ian Bailey — Earlier this year, British Columbia’s NDP government made a little-noticed change to the Workers Compensation Act that expanded mental-health services for first responders. In particular, these workers no longer need to point to a specific incident to submit a claim for a mental-health condition related to their work. “What’s changed is you no longer have […]

Federal parties set sights on B.C.’s December by-election

Nov 9 2017 — Ian Bailey — The federal NDP is looking at next month’s by-election in South Surrey-White Rock as a learning experience for new supporters, while the Liberals and Conservatives are bracing for an all-out fight. Former Tory MP Dianne Watts won by a slim margin in 2015, which has the Tories and Liberals both convinced they have a shot […]

Mélanie Joly says Quebec’s Netflix tax is province’s ‘own decision’

Oct 5 2017 — Ian Bailey — Federal Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly says Quebec is free to impose its own tax on foreign-owned online streaming services such as Netflix, insisting that Ottawa is listening to “anxiety” within the province over the issue. Quebec’s National Assembly voted this week to require online providers to charge provincial sales tax after the federal government declined […]