Cowichan Conversations: A Dear John & Carole Letter-You Have Lost Me Now.

Dorothy Field Dear John and Carole, I have to say you’ve lost me now. There is already much study done on fracking and it shows it’s a bad idea – bad for the environment, poisoning ground water. And many, many people with rock solid information you could consult — Andrew Nikiforuk is the first who ...

Left Over: Mikey Doesn’t Like It…

  Former B.C. premier Mike Harcourt quits NDP Harcourt let membership lapse over many issues including the party’s opposition to carbon tax CBC News Posted: Apr 01, 2014 8:10 AM PT Last Updated: Apr 01, 2014 8:10 AM PT   Have to agree with Mike, in principle,  although my membership lapsed years ago, and though I vote ...

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 ...

Alberta Diary: Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory: lessons from B.C. for NDPers everywhere

Just to set the mood, it’s Left-Leaning B.C. Premiers Day on Alberta Diary. Here’s your blogger with some former NDP premiers from that province – Dave Barrett above, Mike Harcourt and Ujjal Dosanjh below.  No one can snatch defeat from the jaws of victory quite like the New Democrats in my native British Columbia. Still, ...

Cowichan Conversations: Provincial-Federal Politicians Neutered In Our Present System Of Party Discipline

John Van Dongen-Independent MLA Our Canadian Democracy has been hijacked by the political party system for far too long. Slowly but possibly surely politicians are speaking out, most often it is when they are on their way out the door. Not all wait until retirement. Former BC Liberal Cabinet Minister John Van Dongen and former BC ...

The Quantum Buddha's Blog: Carole James Resigns

Ding dong the bitch is gone! I always liked BC NDP Leader Carole James’ resume.  I liked her less than I liked her resume.  She sounded like exactly the kind of person we would want as Premier.   But that was the problem too–she’s trying to be someone. Carole James is too concerned with validation ...

The Quantum Buddha's Blog: Greens Sunk By Pirate Party

Check out the video lol With the results of November 29th, 2010 by-elections, a few observations can be made: One: No one gives a shit! Voter Turnout was in the twenty to thirty percent range. Two: The Green Party is still afloat, but sinking fast, after almost being beaten by the Pirate Party. That’s right…  ...

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 ...

The Quantum Buddha's Blog: Elizabeth May On Quantum Buddha’s Blog Animated Show

Elizabeth May’s cartoon double (that looks like Sarah Palin) was on my blog show tonight answering questions about the Green Party of Canada and her leadership. This is my first video effort and I’m only using the free online version of the software. It has limitations. Enjoy the video. Booya! http://www.xtranormal.com/watch/7569443 For entertainment purposes only… ...

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 ...

The NDP might win, but…

The NDP under Carole James is poised for a landslide election at this moment. But there is another 3 years to go before the vote. A lot can happen between then and now. Its a perfect storm for the party, the governing BC Liberals are mired in scandal after scandal, and dealing with a new ...

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 ...