Thanks to Richard Hughes for pointing to this video.
For amateur students of political science
A listing of BC’s 2013 election results. PDF and MS Excel formats.
NFOI – no freedom of information
We’ve seen that organizations make political contributions directly and through lobbyists. We know they use subsidiaries, affiliates and nominees but EBC makes little effort to report connections. In a report by Corporate Mapping Project, Teck Resources seems to have contributed $1.5 million to BC Liberals. However, a more complete listing provides a much larger number: $2.8 million. Even that is incomplete. It is important to know the benefits flowing from Teck to the Liberal Party but we must keep in mind the benefits flowing to Teck. That company was reportedly responsible for $743 million of a $1.2 billion unfunded liability for mine cleanups.
Pay to play
I’m planning an article about campaign financing and the ludicrous conflicts of interest that exist when a government that manages public resources and taxation extracts millions of dollars in contributions from corporations […]
Stonewalling the Auditor General
According to the Canadian Press, B.C.’s clerk of the legislature Craig James is not happy with Auditor General John Doyle. During a Victoria gathering of Canadian legislative officers, a private meeting was […]
Destructive attack on democracy
British Columbia’s wealthiest citizens will soon be pressured to contribute unprecedented levels of cash for an intensive PR campaign aimed at ensuring reelection of a business friendly government. This will involve a […]
Elections BC and the charade of secrecy
Shortly after 11 am Friday, August 26, Acting Chief Electoral Officer Craig James delivered HST vote results to the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, the Clerk of the Assembly and the Attorney […]
Lifetime appointment starting at $250,000: a fine reward
Charlie Smith at the Georgia Straight wrote Craig James helps minimize sting of B.C. Liberal government’s HST loss: By releasing the numbers on a Friday in late August, James chose one of the […]
Reading the HST leaves and fishy thoughts
Elections BC changed the HST result announcement from Thursday to Friday, the take out the trash day when it comes to announcements from the BC Liberal government. The result will come “after […]
Not a chance in the world of interference
Talking about the HST referendum, BC Liberal highbinder Kevin Falcon assures us that: “. . . he has confidence in Elections BC to oversee the vote. “This is getting increasingly ridiculous,” said […]
Have they ever lied to us before?
Does any BC citizen believe that the HST referendum result is not yet decided? I, for one, think the current mail-in vote is so full of pretence that it is a travesty. […]
Rewarding work, if you can get it and keep your day job – Rerun
I rerun this piece again because a month has passed and I’ve heard nothing from Elections BC nor has the NDP Official Opposition replied to my request for comment about Mr. James […]
Sometimes they deserve vitriolic attacks
Last August, Acting Chief Electoral Officer Craig James sniveled: I have been frankly saddened by the vitriolic attacks that I and my office have been subjected to in the past week. Complaints should […]
Elections BC action is "nonsense"
From BIV Business Today: Acting chief electoral officer Craig James was mistaken when he decided not to send the citizens’ initiative petition against the HST and its accompanying bill to a legislative […]