National Newswatch

Dianne Watts: Revved up to fight and win again

Sep 24 2017 — Michael Smyth — Columnist Mike Smyth interviews former Surrey mayor Dianne Watts ahead of her expected B.C. Liberal Party leadership bid announcement on Sunday. Dianne Watts is ready to come home and she wants to be premier. Watts has scheduled a news conference for Sunday afternoon at Surrey’s Guildford Hotel, where she will announce her candidacy for leadership […]

John Horgan, Bruce Ralston fight back against Gordon Wilson libel lawsuit

Sep 10 2017 — Michael Smyth — Premier John Horgan and Jobs Minister Bruce Ralston are fighting back against former Liberal leader Gordon Wilson’s $5-million defamation lawsuit. Wilson launched the massive court action last month after Horgan’s new NDP government fired him as the province’s $150,000-a-year “LNG advocate” on Aug. 1. At the time of the firing, Horgan and Ralston said Wilson […]

BC Liberal platform underwhelms, giving NDP hope

Apr 10 2017 — Michael Smyth — The last time Christy Clark kicked off an election campaign, she shot for the moon by promising an economic miracle so massive that it boggled the mind. Clark’s promised LNG windfall was supposed generate 100,000 new jobs, a billion-dollar “prosperity fund” and a trillion — yes, trillion — dollars in economic activity. Clark even drove […]

Expect this election to get down and dirty

Apr 9 2017 — Michael Smyth — Three major political parties. Three senior political strategists. Three campaign war rooms ready to rumble. The 2017 B.C. election campaign officially kicks off on Tuesday, signalling the start of a 28-day battle for power. As voters get set to weigh their May 9 election choices, they will see many differences between this campaign and the […]

BC New Democrats fume as Ironworkers Union endorses Clark

Mar 2 2017 — Michael Smyth — The irony ran as thick as the mud at the rainy construction site where Premier Christy Clark stood Wednesday to accept the endorsement of the Ironworkers Union. Ironic in so many ways: Clark and her government have frequently battled the labour movement — fighting the teachers’ union all the way to the Supreme Court, for […]

How Christy Clark’s hacking smear backfired

Feb 12 2017 — Michael Smyth — Premier forced into rare apology after falsely accusing NDP of illegally accessing B.C. Liberal website There’s an old saying in politics: When you’re in a hole, stop digging. Unfortunately for Premier Christy Clark, when it came to last week’s bizarre, backfiring “hacking” saga, not only did she not stop digging — she also got behind […]

Legal threats fly in internal B.C. NDP battle

Jan 1 2017 — Michael Smyth — As a potential NDP candidate in the approaching May election, Georgia Collins seemed to have it all. Smart, friendly and photogenic, the Vancouver Island single mom had emerged as a tireless and effective opponent of a controversial contaminated-soil dump near Shawnigan Lake. As citizens rallied against the dump approved by Premier Christy Clark’s Liberal government, […]

Premier Clark goes on the offensive with home-loan ad blitz

Dec 29 2016 — Michael Smyth — The B.C. government launches an ad campaign in support of its first-time homebuyers loan program. Would the NDP scrap the program if they win the May election? You can’t turn on a TV set these days without getting blitzed by the onslaught of taxpayer-financed commercials touting Premier Christy Clark’s interest-free loans for first-time homebuyers. The […]

Kevin O’Leary rips our ‘bozo’ mayor and ‘surfer dude’ PM

Dec 17 2016 — Michael Smyth — Canadian businessman and reality-TV star Kevin O’Leary hasn’t made the jump into federal politics — at least not yet — but he’s already shaking up the political scene big time, including in British Columbia. O’Leary has launched a blistering attack against Gregor Robertson, calling the Vancouver mayor and former NDP MLA “a bozo” because the […]

Will Premier Clark slash LNG taxes to deliver on her election promise?

Sep 29 2016 — Michael Smyth — Premier Christy Clark was understandably upbeat Wednesday after the federal government approved the $36-billion Pacific NorthWest LNG project. “We finally cleared the last hurdle,” Clark said. “On this project we’ve gotten to ‘yes’ because we really do care about creating jobs.” The federal approval is great news for Clark, who won the 2013 election in […]

B.C. Liberal insiders happy they’re trailing in new poll

Sep 22 2016 — Michael Smyth — A new opinion poll showing the NDP leading Premier Christy Clark’s governing Liberals by five percentage points had at least one political war-room operative I know feeling quite upbeat. “This is great,” the insider told me. “Couldn’t have come at a better time!” Here’s the twist: That’s a B.C. Liberal talking, not an NDPer. A […]

Flights, camera, reaction! Critics slam taxpayers’ $5,400 bill for Christy Clark’s Paris pics

Aug 28 2016 — Michael Smyth — Cost of assignment to UN climate conference included the photographer’s airfare, hotel, meals and three days’ salary It was a pricey Paris photo-op for Premier Christy Clark at the United Nations climate-change conference — and B.C. taxpayers were the ones coughing up the euros. Clark attended the UN summit last November with a 17-member entourage, […]