National Newswatch

Clerk of the B.C. legislature, Sergeant-at-Arms suspended pending criminal investigation

Nov 21 2018 — Justine Hunter — The two highest-ranking unelected officials in British Columbia’s legislature were escorted out of their offices on Tuesday by Victoria Police as the politicians they served learned of a sweeping RCMP criminal investigation that has required the appointment of two special prosecutors. The legislature’s Clerk of the House, Craig James, and Sergeant-at-Arms Gary Lenz were whisked […]

Environment minister Catherine McKenna says pipeline fight puts national climate plan in peril

Mar 19 2018 — Justine Hunter — Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, faced with the threat of a growing number of Canadian provinces balking at her government’s climate action plan, is pleading for a truce in the pipeline dispute between the B.C. and Alberta governments. Continued support for Kinder Morgan Canada Inc.’s pipeline-expansion project was the trade-off Ottawa made to bring the […]

B.C. politicians prepare for the ground war

Apr 8 2017 — Justine Hunter — The past three times British Columbians went to the polls to choose their provincial government, the outcome was almost identical. Over that period, political leaders have changed, the economy shrank and grew, demographics shifted and third parties on the left and right have gathered and lost steam.

Pipeline pits B.C. whales against Alberta jobs

Nov 26 2016 — Justine Hunter — The mayors of Victoria and Edmonton view the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion plans very differently – in ways the prime minister may not be able to reconcile. Every month, five marine tankers laden with crude oil depart from Kinder Morgan’s Westridge Marine Terminal in Burnaby, wending their way through the Salish Sea and rounding the […]