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…)
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 […]
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…)
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.
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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.
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.
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…)
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…)
Jerry West is the Publisher, Editor and Janitor of the Gold River Record. He is also a regular contributor to Rabble.ca. 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.
May 29, 2013
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.
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…)
By: Pembina Institute | Press Release: VANCOUVER — An assessment of climate change issues in political platforms reveals clear distinctions between British Columbia’s four major parties. Prepared by the Pembina Institute, the assessment looks at the following four election issues with implications for climate change and the province’s ability to meet its [...]
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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 NDP, the Liberals, the Greens and the Conservatives into 4 handy, easy to look at word clouds.
[Updated May 1, 2013 - Two separate people have suggested removing common terms from the word clouds so that words like "BC" and "government" don't overshadow (Read more…)