National Newswatch

Surprise guilty plea entered in B.C. Liberals’ ‘quick wins’ scandal

Oct 13 2017 — — A former Liberal government communications director quietly entered a guilty plea to one count of breach of trust on Thursday in the so-called quick wins scandal from the Christy Clark era. Brian Bonney, who once worked on Clark’s Liberal leadership campaign, entered the plea to the criminal charge before provincial court Judge David St. Pierre […]

NDP changes B.C.’s fixed election date from May to October

Oct 5 2017 — Rob Shaw — British Columbians will vote for a provincial government every four years in October, instead of May, under legislation introduced Wednesday by the NDP government. Attorney General David Eby said the change, which New Democrats campaigned for, would move the 2021 election, and all future provincial elections, to the third Saturday in October from the current […]

B.C. NDP partisan hiring spree ‘sickening’: Greens

Sep 28 2017 — Rob Shaw — The B.C. NDP government’s hiring spree of partisan friends and insiders is “sickening” and the kind of hypocrisy that turns the public off politics, says Green Leader Andrew Weaver. Weaver, whose friendly power-sharing deal gives the NDP the votes to stay in power, levelled scathing criticism Wednesday at Premier John Horgan’s administration for giving dozens […]

Mike de Jong enters B.C. Liberal leadership race

Sep 26 2017 — Rob Shaw — Former finance minister Mike de Jong has joined his party’s crowded leadership race, saying he brings the best mix of prudent fiscal management, and targeted spending, to defeat the New Democrat government. De Jong will announce his candidacy Tuesday, with endorsements from MLAs Teresa Wat, Simon Gibson, John Martin and former MLA Pat Bell. He’ll […]

B.C. Premier Horgan defends flip-flop on subsidies for political parties

Sep 20 2017 — Rob Shaw — Premier John Horgan is unrepentant over his plan to provide public subsidies to political parties, saying it’s an appropriate use of taxpayer dollars and is only temporary support. “I’m unapologetic about wanting to get big money out of politics,” he told reporters at the legislature, where he was under attack for flip-flopping on the issue. […]

Sikhs air mixed views on NDP’s Jagmeet Singh

Sep 19 2017 — Douglas Todd — The front-runner for leader of the federal New Democratic Party receives decidedly mixed reviews from fellow Sikhs in British Columbia, where he has signed up more than 10,000 new party members. In the Canadian province with the most followers of the religion, prominent Sikhs appreciate Jagmeet Singh is an accomplished lawyer and speaker, but they […]

B.C. budget: Tax hike for wealthy, more money for education, housing, overdose crisis

Sep 11 2017 — Rob Shaw — B.C.’s New Democrat government will hike taxes on the wealthy, corporations and polluters, while pumping more money into education, homelessness, rental housing and the overdose crisis, according to the new government’s first budget update. Finance Minister Carole James said the budget follows through on some of the party’s priority issues, as a first step before […]

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 […]

B.C. NDP abandons 2021 deadline to reach $15 minimum wage

Sep 1 2017 — Rob Shaw — The B.C. NDP government has altered an election promise to implement a $15 minimum wage by 2021, and will instead give an independent review panel free rein to suggest a new, possibly longer, timeline. Labour Minister Harry Bains said he agrees with criticism from Green party Leader Andrew Weaver that mandating the review panel to […]

How a murky company with ties to the People’s Liberation Army set up shop in B.C.

Aug 26 2017 — — One evening in downtown Vancouver last November, some of B.C.’s political and business elite rubbed elbows with executives of one of China’s largest state-owned corporations, China Poly Group. They were celebrating the launch of a boutique art gallery by one of China Poly’s many subsidiaries, Poly Culture Group, which operates the third-largest auction house in […]

Poll suggests Mike de Jong is B.C. Liberals’ best choice for leader

Aug 25 2017 — — A new survey conducted by Mainstreet Research suggests that Abbotsford West MLA and former finance minister Mike de Jong is the top candidate to replace Christy Clark as B.C. Liberal Leader. Mainstreet tested the names of five potential leadership candidates — de Jong, Kamloops-South Thompson MLA Todd Stone, Vancouver-Quilchena MLA Andrew Wilkinson, Peace River South […]