Cowichan Conversations: BC Conservatives Hammer the BC Liberals for their ‘Untruthiness’ regarding Foreign Workers

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes- Political Blogger   The following story by Tyee editor David Beers shows the benefit of multiple parties expressing their views on matters of importance. Here the BC Conservatives hammer the BC Liberals for their ‘untruthiness’ regarding investigations regarding foreign workers being brought into BC. The BC Conservative Party issued a press release ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Election 2013: Party platforms from 10,000 feet

Friday, April 26, 2013 The BC New Democratic Party released its election platform on Wednesday (April 24th), the last of the four main parties to release its platform. What? You don’t have time to read yet another election platform?  Well today is your lucky day, because this environmental law alert summarizes the platforms of the ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Election 2013: Party platforms from 10,000 feet

Friday, April 26, 2013 The BC New Democratic Party released its election platform on Wednesday (April 24th), the last of the four main parties to release its platform. What? You don’t have time to read yet another election platform?  Well today is your lucky day, because this environmental law alert summarizes the platforms of the ...

Cowichan Conversations: The BC Liberals Are In Chaos-Will The BC Conservatives Blossom This Spring?

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger Will the BC Liberals exist as a viable political force after May 14th? Will they have enough left in the tank to rebuild and re-brand their once all powerful party? Keith Baldrey’s latest column throws much of that in doubt. 20/20 hindsight would tell the BC Libs that they should have relieved ...

Cowichan Conversations: Let’s Vote For Better Schools! BCTF TV Advertising Is Pathetic!

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger   I have watched the BCTF campaign ads over the years. They squander hundreds of thousands of dollars on some really well produced ads and then choke and say stupid things like ‘Vote for Education’ or ‘Vote for Smaller classrooms.” The BCTF’s latest is ‘Let’s Vote for Better Schools!’ This is brilliant. Now, ...

Cowichan Conversations: Christy Clark Declare A Moratorium Now. Cowichan Schools Facing Turmoil and Chaos!

Richard Hub Hughes-Political Blogger Premier Christy Clark must step in immediately and declare a moratorium to end the chaos and disruption caused by proposed and considered changes throughout the Cowichan School District. Politically motivated threats of wholesale closures to meet shortfalls will neither resolve the fiscal challenges or meet the educational needs of our students in Cowichan. Pursuing such ...

The Disaffected Lib: B.C. Conservative Exiles Back NDP’s Adrian Dix

For a good while now, B.C.’s provincial Conservative Party has been a laughingstock.   Now with the party’s hopes for renewal in tatters, members of its disaffected wing say they’ll back the NDP leader Adrian Dix.   What was that line about politics and bedfellows?

Northern Insight: I’ll tell you what I really, really want

Is Times Colonist becoming BC’s newspaper of record? It might be the go-to place to follow BC current events, except for political commentary provided by that guy whose son toils professionally for the BC Liberal Party. RossK offers applause to TC writer Lindsay Kines in This Is What Public Service Journalism Looks Like. I add ...

BC NDP ahead of Libs and Cons by a whopping 20 percent popular support. Media: Look at those Conservatives rise!

The news, in terms of rest of Canada, is breathtaking. In a survey by Angus-Reid, BC’s NDP is not just far ahead of the Cons and Libs, but gaining with 43 percent popular support while the the other two parties are tied at 23 percent. The rising predominance should be the story du jour across ...

Blunt Objects: Angus Reid Poll of BC: 42-28-19

As this Globe and Mail article points out (with a few inaccuracies, like 28% being the “lowest” poll number for the BC Liberals since Clark took office – that’s actually 23%), this Angus Reid poll isn’t good news for  Premier Clark, who is now not only facing a vote split with the BC Conservatives lead ...

Blunt Objects: Can the BC NDP Actually Win Chilliwack-Hope?

According, at least, to the Globe and Mail, they’ve got the momentum: For the first time in memory, political observers believe the NDP may have a chance of winning in Chilliwack. Certainly, Gwen O’Mahony, who won the nomination this weekend, will not be going into this by-election like NDP candidates have in the past. That ...

Blunt Objects: Quickie BC projection

Teddy here. I’ve been working on an updated projection table for British Columbia, using data from past provincial elections where a party has existed to the right of the BCLiberals. I’d like some feedback on the projection that I have here, in map form. Note that I’m still trying to figure out exactly how to ...

Blunt Objects: Is This Actually BC? Part Deux

Thanks to commenter bobljeffries who pointed me in the direction of this NRG Research poll conducted just awhile back, after the Forum poll, which gave these numbers: 36% BC NDP32% BC Liberal19% BC Conservative13% “Other”They also give a wrongly colour-coded chart which breaks down the numbers for three regions of BC. In the Lower Mainland, ...

Blunt Objects: Is This Actually BC? Eh?

I know the news is now somewhat old, but there was a funky Forum Research poll out on December 15th that showed the situation in British Columbia is a whole lot more complicated than first glance. The numbers show:34% BC NDP23% BC Liberal23% BC Conservative15% Green Wha… who… huh? That’s an absolute shocker, given that ...

Cummins, BC Conservatives wrong on gas tax opposition

#bcpoli #bcndp #bcliberals #christyclark #adriandix Upstart leader of the BC Conservatives, John Cummins is completely misguided on his and his party’s opposition to the 2 cent per litre gas. I understand that he is looking for a cheap wedge issue to score him some desperate media attention, but traffic gridlock from the excess of car ...

Tea Party in Ontario? Big deal, it’s been bubbling under the surface in BC for ages.

The BC Conservative party gets a big hug from the Vancouver Sun but it cannot escape the perception that it is an outdated evangelical soup of wingnuts. I guess it has to be so extreme, considering how conservative the BC Liberal party has become. Another ex-Reformer to be attracted to the cause is Reed Elley, ...

Blunt Objects: Bizarro World BC

Because where else can you find a provincial Liberal Party attacking the leader of the Conservative Party – for not being conservative enough!? Granted, the BC Liberals are not your standard definition of “liberal,” but are instead a coalition of liberal-conservatives who want to ensure BC is pro-free-enterprise, in opposition to the BC NDP (guess ...

NDP dodges a bullet, but not out of the woods

The NDP was lucky not to have faced Dianne Watts as a prospective BC Liberal party leader. She and Carole Taylor declined the opportunity to run for leadership of the party. Unfortunate for party planners and strategists, because those two ladies were the only widely known BC Liberal members that had any positive rating at ...

BC Liberals outraged that NDP supporters might participate in recall campaigns

My first response is “so what?!” Remember the then activist, Kevin Falcon, as part of a so-called grassroots movement to unseat a number of NDP MLA’s in 1997? He was one of the ring leaders behind the recall efforts in 1997 and eventually became a powerful and influential MLA and cabinet minister. The experts predicted ...

BC Liberals outflank NDP on HST – get their Mojo back

That’s what I said. The Liberals out manoeuvred the NDP by tricking the NDP MLA’s to support the notion of the province-wide referendum in 2011. In one fell swoop, the Liberals moved the HST off the front burner and upstaged the NDP. By moving to a referendum instead of legislative vote in Victoria, the BC ...

Open letter to the NDP

Given the state of affairs in BC right now, if I was a betting man, I’d bet on the NDP not just winning the next election, but betting the BC Liberals lose official party status too. The next BC legislature would probably have a landslide NDP government, and the opposition split between BC Conservatives and ...

BC Liberal conspiracy to defraud BC voters – AGAIN!

Call me cynical, but MLA Blair Lekstrom’s exit from the BC Liberal caucus seems hardly genuine, possibly part of a carefully planned production that at its conclusion will see Premier Campbell exit government. In my view, he may have scripted his own exit to look as if its an internal, grassroots revolution within the BC ...