Cowichan Conversations: NDP Leading–Alberta’s Vote May Be the Most Important Provincial Election in Decades

OK, here we are with the Alberta NDP poised to form the next Alberta provincial government. Yes, as Tommy Douglas used to say ‘Politics is the Art of the Possible’ but, but Alberta going NDP! Read more…

Cowichan Conversations: Provinces Have No Right to Pipeline ‘Conditions’-Claims Law Professor

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger It seems that Christy Clark and her BC Liberal Party of Pipeline pushers have been blowing smoke according to Dwight Newman. Dwight Newman is a senior fellow of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute and the author of Natural Resource Jurisdiction in Canada. He is a professor of law at the University of Saskatchewan. Considering these battles ...

Cowichan Conversations: Politics, Hockey, Fall Sitting at the BC Legislature and Local Elections-Game on!

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger We are moving into autumn,  our glorious climate change driven summer is wrapping up even though our confused tomato plants refuse to stop providing even more ripe tomatoes. Last night our beloved Vancouver Canucks warmed our hockey deprived souls with a win in the season opener against the Calgary Flames at the ...

Cowichan Conversations: Vancouver Island vs Texas Frackers

Don Maroc Cowichan Conversations Contributor The frackers are moving closer. We may have a front row seat to learning what the Peace River farmers and Alberta ranchers have been living through. Last year Quicksilver Resources Canada purchased the former Elk Falls pulp mill site on the north side of Campbell River No, they are not ...

Cowichan Conversations: We are being fracked and occupied by the Oil and Gas Industry!

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger Deep down a great many of us knew that this Enbridge pipeline would be jammed through come hell or high water. The hell and high water part is still an unknown. There is no greater fear in the political world than the fear of the unknown. Harper is fearful of the responses ...

Cowichan Conversations: So Now Either the NDP Wakes Up or Dries Up. Which Will It Be?

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger  Christy’ the ‘Campaigner’ Cleaned Our Clocks!  Status quo politics have little resonance with the majority and they stayed home in droves. The disconnect on the centre-left side of the political spectrum cannot be ignored any longer. Now the NDP must get back to where they once belonged. It is time to reinvent themselves ...

Cowichan Conversations: Guerilla Radio Covered Shawnigan Contaminated Sites Protest!

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger Saturday turned out to be a spectacular warm spring day. It was perfect weather for about 250 residents and politicians gathered in Shawnigan Village to rally and speak out against the BC Government decision to issue a Draft Permit to South Island Aggregates, SIA. The Christy Clark BC Liberals gave SIA a nice ...

Cowichan Conversations: CVRD Love In With BC Liberal’s Terry Lake Turns Sour!

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes- Political Blogger   You may recall the enthusiasm our CVRD Directors had after their meeting with then newly appointed Minister of the Environment, Terry Lake last spring. The ‘CVRD Liberal Friendlies’ who attended the meeting were overcome with partisanship. That is a dangerous indulgence for local politicians who allow provincial political leanings ...

Cowichan Conversations: It is all over for Premier Christy Clark and the BC Liberals!

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger Like so many of you I  have read the news of scandalous behavior coming from the Premier’s office and am still pouring over the media reports that have gone into orbit on this latest scandal. I will include this one from the National Post for now and be posting many more On ...

Cowichan Conversations: Time To Reform Our Dysfunctional Legislature – Our Democracy Has Been Handcuffed

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger Watching ‘Question Period’ the other day what struck me once again was the dysfunctional performance of the legislature. The legislatures role has been diminished, often governments calling them into session only when they must to jam their legislation through. It is a critical element of a parliamentary democracy and it is broken ...

Cowichan Conversations: BC’s Spring Election Will Be The Sleaziest Ever-Hang Onto Your Hats!

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger There are lot of very rich people and corporations that are freaked out about the idea of Adrian Dix and the BC NDP forming government this coming May 14th! There are some amongst the deep pocketed corporate crowd that will do almost anything to keep the BC Liberal’s in power. They have ...

Cowichan Conversations: Forest minister’s changes will increase raw log exports, kill B.C. jobs, NDP say

Richard Hub Hughes-Political Blogger Are you ready for the 2013 May election? Hint, it is already underway judging by the outpouring of BC Liberal propaganda aka taxpayer funded Government bulletins and the like. In a move that tips over the ‘Strange Scale’ the BC Liberals have announced that they are increasing raw log exports while ...

Cowichan Conversations: Whatever Harper Does Next Is Wrong!

Don Maroc-Cowichan Conversations Contributor Here is Cowichan Conversations contributor Don Maroc weighing in once again. This time with his views on the ‘Idle No More’ protest and a shadow boxing out manouvered Prime Minister Steve Harper. The Natives are just as diverse in their views and beliefs as we are and yet the media expects ...

Cowichan Conversations: We Must Restructure Canada To Save It!

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger How long is it going to take before some of the Conservatives MP’s wake up and stand up for Canada? Our PM Steve Harper lies to us with an ease uncommon, even for politicians. Canada is being drained and our nation is up for sale, but why? What drives Harper? He is ...

Cowichan Conversations: Cohen Report Embraces ‘The Precautionary Principle’ For Sockeye Salmon

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes – Political Blogger- I never met a Sockeye that I didn’t like. When I heard the news of the Cohen Report I immediately thought of the majestic sockeye and all the campaigner’s who fought valiantly for the salmon who have suffered losses, disease and death often due to the highly irresponsible permitting ...

Cowichan Conversations: Both the BC NDP and the BC Liberal’s Support Shale Gas Fracking!

Richard Hub Hughes-Political Blogger Fracking is the latest profit making bonanza for the already too rich and powerful oil and gas corporations and they seem to have our politicians by the throat. Kicking out the BC Liberals is the answer to many of our social and economic ills, but continuing with the dangerous and environmentally damaging process ...

Cowichan Conversations: Good ‘Fracking’ News From New York!

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes – Political Blogger As citizens learn more about the downsides of hydraulic fracking the inevitable protests follow. In Pennslylvannia, Nova Scotia, Quebec and now the state of New York the politicians are stepping back. This is not an easy response but New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says that they are backing off ...

Cowichan Conversations: The 2013 BC Election Is Now Underway!

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes-Political Blogger Welcome to the 2013 Provincial Election Campaign, now underway. It is revealing to compare the approaches by the competing leaders, BC Liberal Leader Ms Christy Clark and the BC NDP’s Adrian Dix. Mr.Dix, to his credit, faced the Board of Trade at a sold out luncheon the other day. He announced that the ...