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Cowichan Conversations: The NDPs LNG dithering and insistence on housing becoming the election issue, is a recipe for failure

By Kevin Logan The BC liberals offer a target rich environment the NDP could readily attack, based entirely on their dreadful governing record, which would work to move votes into their column and out of Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: The NDPs LNG dithering and insistence on housing becoming the election issue, is a recipe for failure

Cowichan Conversations: An Anatomy of a Water Win

Dara Quast On March 21, 2016, a Supreme Court ruling confirmed the Cowichan Valley’s Regional District’s authority regarding permitted land use. Contaminated soil will cease to be dumped into the community watershed that provides Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: An Anatomy of a Water Win

Cowichan Conversations: Video: Conversations that Matter with John Horgan

Stuart McNish interviews BC NDP leader John Horgan carried in the Vancouver Sun (Video)

NDP John Horgan says, “everyone’s a New Democrat they just don’t know it yet”.

Horgan talks about everything from resources to

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Cowichan Conversations: Harper, BC Tory MPs have oil on their hands from English Bay spill

Richard Hughes-Cowichan Conversations

It is when events like the recent bunker oil spill in English Bay take place that the value of independent writers, thinkers, and bloggers like Rafe Mair display their real value.

Here is Rafe’s take on this mess in English Bay that has spread around the harbour.

It is a disgusting, but only a drop in the bucket to what lies ahead if we do not put a halt to the insane notion of shipping oil, refined or compressed from Tar sands products, through our coast and harbour.

Whether it be by water or rail the certain accidents will (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Rafe: With fracking, tankers “world-class safety” is a weasel word

It is great to read more from Rafe Mair once again. He is still on the mend but has come a long way and is reading and writing once again.

I had believed every word from our Premier but Rafe has set me straight! I feel so much better now. Enjoy.

BC Premier Christy Clark touts “world-class” safety for fossil fuel projects (Canadian Press)

Many times I have referred to Premier Clark’s demand that Enbridge and others have “world-class” cleanup processes in place. To repeat myself, these are “weasel words” and mean absolutely nothing. “World-class” firefighting procedures doesn’t mean the (Read more…) - Alberta politics: Who wants to be leader of the Alberta NDP?

TweetWhile most political chatter in Alberta is focused on how big Jim Prentice’s victory will be on the first ballot of the Progressive Conservative leadership vote on September 6, there is another race about to begin – the race to become the leader of the Alberta NDP. At his press conference announcing departure, outgoing NDP […]

Cowichan Conversations: Hang on to your Hats-Here comes Horgan!

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

Look for a rejuvenated BC NDP under Horgan’s leadership. He will engage and entertain voters so tired of seeing a dull plodding uncertain opposition. Yes, politics in BC is about to become interesting again.

The Damien Gillis piece above focuses on the foibles of the ‘Christy Clark Choir’ singing in unison about the riches that will soon be a reality in their magnificent LNG con job.

BC NDP Leader John Horgan will bring spark and substance back to BC politics

BC NDP’s acclaimed leader John Horgan will soon be in the saddle and the LNG file is one (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: The BC NDP Leadership Race Is Rigged To Protect Status Quo

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

I just Facebook liked Lana Popham for BC NDP Leader. Now before you assess my support for her, it is beyond that.

The BC NDP needs a flat out gloves off brawl over the abandonment of anything remotely left of centre.

The inner circle has rigged the leadership race by requiring 25 Grand from candidates to enter. Even if you manage to scrape that together the spending limit has been raised to $350,000.00

This stullifys any chance of renewal by blocking a much needed broad based wide open contest that could produce ideas and a call (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: The BC Liberals Energy Fiasco Continues As Site ‘C’ Now Slated To Supply Energy To California

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

Do we have anybody in the Christy Clark BC Liberal Government who has any idea of what they are doing when it comes to energy issues in this province?

What happened to cause this flip-flop from needing ‘Site C’ water for LNG energy production of the fracking variety to supplying Californians with needed energy at the cost of needed agricultural land?

Imagine living and trying to farm in this province where the Agricultural Land Reserve is under attack by the very forces that drive the oil and gas agenda.

What will the BC NDP Say, where will (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: BC Fed and Christy Clark Join In an Unholy But Sadly Predictable Alliance!

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes-Political Blogger

Well the cat has been set out with the canaries now. We are going to get a real good look at who stands where in this province.

Premier Clark scammed the voters with promises of wealth and abundance to be made in the LNG game via fracking, threatening our drinking water and playing a mugs game in a world drenched in fracked gas in the biggest Ponzi scheme out there today.

Premier Christy Clark

On the bus is BC Fed is both Jim Sinclair and of course Tom Sigurdson, executive director of the B.C. and (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: BC NDP – A New Leader is only one step in a long and winding road ahead.

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

The BC NDP has lost its’ edge. The feisty Glen Clark victory in 1996 was the last. That was four elections ago.

NDP victories and effectiveness depend on winning on the ground, but the inner controlling circle has gone the so-called respectable corporate style route tilting the table and our money to the control freaks at the power centre.

We have once again seen the sorry results.

The NDP lost because ‘Liberal Lite’ is a position of dull irrelevance.

Former BC NDP Premier Glen Clark

Yes, a new leader is necessary, but that is only one component (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Sean Holman on Corky Evans-The Failure of Discipline

Former NDP MLA Corky Evans

Sean Holman former ‘Public Eye Online’ blogger is now living in Calgary and teaching Journalism at the University of Alberta.

More recently he produced the documentary ‘Whipped’ that reveals the real story of political control over elected officials.

It has been welcomed by many politicos although many of the controllers are squirming or at least should be.

Sean Holman’s blogging and political commentary continues and today he posted a piece about none other than Corky Evans. The man who would not get into the box.

I had joked with Corky when he was still an MLA (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Longtime NDP MLA Corky Evans On Todays BC NDP

Richard Hub Hughes-Political Blogger

The BC Liberals scored a surprise upset and were re-elected as the government of BC on May 14th, 2013

Since that time members, supporters and pundits along with some current and former MLA’s have been speaking up questioning the so called middle of the road positioning, sarcastically termed ‘Liberal Lite’ that has been embraced by the inner circle.

There has been a growing chorus challenging the current entrenched leader Adrian Dix, who has so far refused to resign for the good of the party.

Members and supporters from across the NDP universe are calling for a (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Poll on the Future of the BC NDP

This is how Cowichan Conversations participants responded. Although not scientific it is a signal to the BC NDP about their lack of relevance and appeal.

Cowichan Conversations: It is Time for the BC NDP to Clean House. No More Reviews are Needed.

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

I have been a member of the BC NDP since the early 70′s. Like so many others I have been on a full tour of duty including a ‘Mission Impossible’ run to be the Malahat Juan de Fuca MLA back in 2001.

Today we face yet another leadership crisis following the mind numbing loss on May 14th. Truly, Adrian Dix rescued defeat from the jaws of victory.

Few NDP leaders seem to know when it is time to leave.

The BC NDP, if it is to survive to become a meaningful political force again must shake the (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Green Party MLA Andrew Weaver Changes Colours-Green Mixed with Red Makes Brown

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes- Political Blogger

Andrew Weaver is not wasting much time putting his oar in the water. As the only and BC’s first Green MLA he is under a lot of pressure.

I wish him every success pushing both the Liberals and the NDP into greener pastures.

Some of his earlier moves are puzzling however spiked with his partisan edge. I welcome the edge but it cuts both ways.

Supporting the BC Liberal budget feeds into a concern that many have about the Greens illusions that they can cozy up to the Liberals and the corporate boys. They can, (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Josh Fox on Gasland Part 2, the Fracking-Earthquake Link & the Natural Gas Industry’s Use of PSYOPs

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

When Gasland first hit for many it was an early wake up call. Nominated for an Academy award Jeff Fox blew the lid of the dangerous risks and terrible damages done by fracking for natural gas.

The same threats face BC residents as the BC Liberal government accelerates catering to the ‘Fracking Industry’ and refusing to allow for independent scientific reviews of threats to our water aquifers.

Ironically promoted as a ‘Clean Option’ it is anything but. Methane leakage from fracking operations dramatically increases our ecological footprint and established BC as a major polluter at a time when (Read more…)

Politics, Re-Spun: Fixing the BC NDP, 2013 Version

Can the BC NDP actually Think Forward?

About 4 years ago, there was a movement within the BC NDP to make it more relevant. It was called Think Forward BC NDP. The party had just lost the election and there was some soul-searching about what went wrong and what was systemically broken in the party.

Well, it’s four years later. Deja vu. And almost four years ago I wrote a post with the same name. Sigh.

So here are some solutions this time around [strangely similar to last time]:

First, read Matt Toner’s insightful piece in the today: (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Rafe Mair Offers the BCNDP A Basic Primer On Campaigning and Politics

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

It is hard to imagine how things could be much worse for British Columbian’s now that the BC NDP tanked in the May 14th election. Yes, the party is now officially on its’ ass but that is the good part.

The really bad news is the people that needed the NDP to stand up for education, the environment, social justice and dare I say it the economy are out of luck possibly for another eight years. You may have noticed I did not mention the economy, well either did the NDP. Not once.

Here is Rafe’s take on (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Has Christy Clark Outmanouevered the BCNDP and PM Harper on Enbridge?

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

Well it appears that Christy Clark may have pulled off a magnificent move leaving the BC NDP, PM Harper and Alberta Premier Alison Redford in the dust over the Northern Pipeline.

If it holds the BC NDP will be able to possibly claim some credit for their part in turning BC residents against the Enbridge proposal, but as the old scorekeeper would tell them, I will you credit, but no points!

The points go to Ms Clark fresh off an election victory where clear opposition to the threat of oil tankers plying our waters along the coast was a (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: BC New Democrats Have Lost Their Swagger and Don’t Know Where to Find It.

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes- Political Blogger

OK so the BC Election is over and we can get back to normal, sort of, but let’s face it folks we are in for a rough ride.

What a mess we are facing politically. The BC NDP has lost its way. They have distanced themselves from left leaning policies and essentially are far too concerned about criticism from the established power culture.

Seeking validation from their opponents and living in fear of the MSM calling them radical has left them both debilitated and ineffective.

The posture for far too long now has been a tepid, muted, don’t (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: The Answer to the BC Election is No!

Jerry West

Jerry West is the Publisher, Editor and Janitor of the Gold River Record. He is also a regular contributor to Here is his wind up look at what happened in the May 14th Provincial Election, what will not happen as a result and a little bit of why.

The Record

May 29, 2013

Editor’s Corner Jerry West

The election has been over now for two weeks, and the media has been full of articles dissecting what happened in an attempt to explain what to many came as a shocking surprise.

It is easy to see what (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: History Tells Us That Defeated BC NDP Leaders Never Make A Comeback

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes- Political Blogger

New Democrat Leaders who lose in a Provincial Election have never been able to rebound as party leader in a further election attempt, ever.

Those who huddle in the backrooms following election defeats always seem to want to stay the course with the leader who has failed to win and yet all evidence points to that course will ensure another loss.

That is not change, that is not renewal. It is a combination between an attachment to the status quo and in many cases the trappings, real or imagined that go with hanging out with the (Read more…)

Driving The Porcelain Bus: BC – NDP Lose The Election, But The Liberals Lose Their Leader

Christy Clark may have led her party to a stunning upset against all predictions, but she lost her own seat to the NDP’s David Eby.

Elections BC: Vancouver-Point Grey results.

My two cents on why the NDP lost: Conservative party support swung to the Liberals to stop the NDP, and the youth vote, which strongly supports the NDP, didn’t show up to vote.

Cowichan Conversations: NDP hold best chance for wild salmon, says Alexa Morton

Alexandra Morton-Marine Biologist


Alexa Morton, Marine Biologist, has been our voice protecting salmon for years. She has led the way exposing the excesses of the commercial open pen farmed salmon operations.

She has today come out with a very important message of support for the BC NDP.

The Common Sense Canadian featured this breaking news. Here it is.