Category: BC NDP

A promise made…

In the May 2017 election, only two of the main parties committed to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. BC Liberals were uncomfortable with clauses related to informed consent that would interfere with business of their corporate donors. John Horgan’s NDP Government and Andrew Weaver’s Green Party committed to a different approach. This was affirmed in today’s Throne Speech and we are left to hope the promises are not hollow, as were similar ones by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

History lesson

A favourite blog site for many is RossK’s The Gazetteer. RossK is a busy medical research scientist who also enriches his life performing music. Perhaps above all, he is a humanist. Scotty on Denman, an informed and articulate regular on social media sites, left a comment at The Gazetteer that I repeat here for emphasis.

The people spoke; go Ms. Clark, go

Following British Columbia’s May 9 general election, a political bloc with the majority of votes and a majority of elected members is ready to form government. But, the defeated Premier declines to resign, as she should, and as she must. By hanging on after defeat, Christy Clark disrespects voters and disregards the parliamentary system that governs us.

“This legislature can work”

It was inevitable. Hearing today that Christy Clark’s time as BC Premier is at an end doesn’t surprise. Looking at the substantive issues, it was the only logical outcome. Fifty-seven percent of voters chose the NDP or the BC Greens. Green and NDP positions on important issues show much common ground. Working together makes sense and in recognizing that policies matter above all, John Horgan and Andrew Weaver pass the first test.

Who funds BC politics

Annual reports of the parties filed with Elections BC reveal that BC Liberals have consistently taken in substantially more political contributions than BC NDP. This is a seven year summary to 2015 (2016 reports are not yet posted).

"Some cultures would call us elders, think we’re cool and listen to us"

In a comment at an earlier article, Alison Creekside – a fine blogger you should read regularly – linked to this 2009 video of MLA Corky Evans. He talked about BC Liberals turning loose a private power gold rush but it was one that sluiced only half a billion a year. This year it will be closer to one and a half billion and the contracts BC Hydro has already signed total almost $60 billion. The number continues growing.

Georgia Straight, no longer underground

Usually devoid of meaningful arguments and information, most articles on British Columbia politics take but a moment to read. This Martyn Brown piece is entirely different. It is superior to a month’s worth of commissioned articles and press release rewrites from members of the Legislative Press Gallery. It is written by a man who spent years at the heart of Gordon Campbell’s Liberal Governments and he knows the current players well…

Corky Evans departs

Political columnist Charles Campbell said, “It doesn’t matter who gets elected on May 12. The B.C. legislature will be significantly poorer for the absence of Corky Evans.” According to Wikipedia, “Evans is noted for his folksy and homespun yet politically sophisticated oratory.” Speaking during legislative debate on March 12, retiring Evans proved both statements correct: