National Newswatch

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 […]

Ahead of finance reform, BC NDP press on with lavish fundraisers

Sep 18 2017 — Ian Bailey — Legislation to reform campaign financing in British Columbia is expected to be introduced this week, but won’t stop the governing New Democrats from proceeding with a program of fundraising events that includes this week’s high-profile levee with Premier John Horgan. There are six fundraising events through Oct. 15, starting with Mr. Horgan’s $525-a-plate levee on […]

BC NDP government plans temporary foreign worker registry

Aug 7 2017 — Ian Bailey — British Columbia’s NDP government plans to collect the names and jobs of temporary foreign workers in the province for a new registry aimed at providing information to help develop labour-market policy. According to the Labour Ministry, the province has such data as the overall number of temporary foreign workers, their occupations and employers, but not […]

BC NDP fires ex-Liberal leader from job as B.C.’s LNG advocate

Aug 2 2017 — Ian Bailey — British Columbia’s new NDP government has fired former provincial Liberal leader Gordon Wilson from his job as the province’s liquefied natural gas advocate over concerns about his salary and the absence of written work related to his assignment. Over the past four years, Mr. Wilson, who was also an NDP cabinet minister at one point […]

High-profile figures mull bids to replace Clark as BC Liberal leader

Jul 31 2017 — Ian Bailey — A former Vancouver mayor, a onetime high-profile journalist and B.C.’s former transportation minister are among the caucus members who say they are considering bids to replace Christy Clark as party leader. In interviews over the weekend, Sam Sullivan, Jas Johal and Todd Stone said they are assessing their prospects, along with Andrew Wilkinson, the Vancouver-Quilchena […]

BC NDP to press on with LNG support; Green allies remain opposed

Jul 24 2017 — Ian Bailey — British Columbia’s new NDP government will continue support for the development of a liquefied natural gas sector, despite its past criticisms of the former Liberal government’s aggressive pursuit of the industry. Jen Holmwood, a spokeswoman for the NDP, said in a statement last week a more detailed outline of the new government’s view on LNG […]

B.C. party leaders campaign with Throne Speech looming

Jun 21 2017 — Ian Bailey — Days before a Throne Speech expected to spur a vote to oust the BC Liberal government, leaders of British Columbia’s three major parties were in campaign mode Tuesday with a pair visiting the controversial Site C hydroelectric project in the north and a third holding a rally in Vancouver.

BC NDP, poised for power, preparing for snap election

Jun 10 2017 — Ian Bailey — NDP Leader John Horgan says his party has continued fundraising to ensure it’s ready for a potential snap election, as the New Democrats and Greens prepare to oust the minority Liberal government. The NDP and Greens plan to defeat the B.C. government in a confidence vote after the House reconvenes on June. 22. The two […]

B.C. legislature faces a challenging search for a Speaker

Jun 5 2017 — Ian Bailey — The impenetrable green volume first written by Britain’s House of Commons clerk in 1844 and updated through 24 editions isn’t exactly light reading. But among the dry rules and procedures contained in Sir Thomas Erskine May’s document are some details that will ensure the drama over who will govern British Columbia and how is a […]

BC Greens agree to support NDP: A look at what happens next

May 30 2017 — Ian Bailey — In British Columbia politics, political scientist Norman Ruff says he has seen it all in 49 years of living in Canada’s most westerly province. Then came Monday. “This is – what’s the word – epoch-making,” Prof. Ruff said of news that the provincial Green Party had reached an agreement with the New Democrats to topple […]