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Alberta Politics: B.C. politics as seen from Alberta: Christy Clark’s re-election strategy exposed

PHOTOS: B.C. Lieutenant-Governor Judith Guichon reads the notorious Throne Speech attacking Alberta on Tuesday. Below: B.C. Premier Christie Clark, NDP strategist Brian Topp, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and B.C. NDP leader John Horgan. You no longer … . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: B.C. politics as seen from Alberta: Christy Clark’s re-election strategy exposed

Left Over: Turning a Fail into a Win…

Mulcair takes responsibility for failed election campaign in letter to NDP supporters Mulcair wants to remain NDP leader promising not to repeat mistakes of 2015 election By Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press Posted: Feb 10, 2016 3:51 PM ET Last Updated: … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Left Over: Turning a Fail into a Win…

Cowichan Conversations: The Shawnigan ‘Dirty Dirt Nightmare’- What Will It Take?

There has never been anything about the dumping of 5 million tonnes of contaminated soil into the Shawnigan Watershed that is supportable. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Will the Trudeau’s Federal Liberals step in and Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: The Shawnigan ‘Dirty Dirt Nightmare’- What Will It Take?

In-Sights: Mythomania

Merv Adey (BCVeritas.com): “The proper role of political media is to unspin the various prevarications and lies governments like to foist on us.”B.C. Premier Christy Clark still trying…, CBC News, February 6, 2016:Clark campaigned in 2013 on B.C. bei… . . . → Read More: In-Sights: Mythomania

In-Sights: "What? Me worry?"

Partly in response to the article Difficulties mount for BC Liberal partner, a reader sent this material:Excellent story. Agreed. There’s a great deal wrong with BC’s LNG deal with Malaysia.In the latest Corruption Perceptions Index, Canada was ranked … . . . → Read More: In-Sights: "What? Me worry?"

Politics, Re-Spun: We Must Completely Obliterate the BC Liberal Party

The provincial government has told the Vancouver School Board it will not fund any more seismic upgrades unless it agrees to close schools. Source: Some parents fuming over BC Ministry of Education decision – NEWS 1130 What kind of premier threatens to withhold seismic upgrading funds until the school board closes schools? What kind of … Continue reading We Must Completely Obliterate the BC Liberal Party

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Left Over: A New Deal for Alberta?

Oilpatch worker urges Justin Trudeau to help Alberta in widely shared Facebook post ‘Please start helping our own people through these tough times’ By Andrea Huncar, CBC News Posted: Jan 15, 2016 3:21 PM MT Last Updated: Jan 15, 2016 3:39 … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Left Over: A New Deal for Alberta?

Cowichan Conversations: Christy Clark Tells NEB That Her BC Government Rejects The Kinder Morgan Expansion

When BC NDP leader Adrian Dix announced during the last BC election campaign that he would stop the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion the MSM went ballistic. They said that he should have waited until all Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Christy Clark Tells NEB That Her BC Government Rejects The Kinder Morgan Expansion

Cowichan Conversations: Has John Horgan Succeeded In Distancing Himself From Christy Clark’s LNG Nightmare?–Fletcher Interview

Once again the BC NDP seem poised for certain victory against the BC Liberals. However that task and challenge has not been accomplished since 1996 when an upstart and radically relevant Glen Clark upset the Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Has John Horgan Succeeded In Distancing Himself From Christy Clark’s LNG Nightmare?–Fletcher Interview

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.- Matthew Yglesias writes that The Big Short and other stories focused on the financial aspects of the 2008 economic meltdown miss by far the most important part of the picture in the real economic destruction wro… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.- Duncan Cameron offers his take on the Paris climate change conference. Martin Lukacs notes that while the agreement reached there may not accomplish anywhere near what we need, the building climate movement sho… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

In-Sights: Gas production ↑ 85%, public revenue ↓ 90%

To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity. – Douglas AdamsDays ago, Premier Clark averred that meeting needs of children in government care is dependent on new fundi… . . . → Read More: In-Sights: Gas production ↑ 85%, public revenue ↓ 90%

In-Sights: John’s still aghast

Almost one year ago, this piece was submitted as a comment to another article. It still makes as much sense as it did last December so I feature it at the top.An open letter to Christy ClarkDear Ms. Clark,PLEASE, puhleese get off your LNG horse, or at … . . . → Read More: In-Sights: John’s still aghast

In-Sights: No limit, no principle, no shame

Christy Clark accused of interfering in local band election to aid brother’s deal, Mark Hume, Globe and Mail, December 9, 2015Premier Christy Clark has been accused of interfering in a local band election to help a candidate who supports a $10-millio… . . . → Read More: In-Sights: No limit, no principle, no shame

In-Sights: Our wealth commands us

As a student politician in her untenured days at SFU, Christy Clark operated with an imperfect moral compass. When final history is written, the hallmark of her premiership will be deceit and corruption.Her government regularly wages war against workin… . . . → Read More: In-Sights: Our wealth commands us

Alberta Politics: Brad Wall’s call to block refugees from Syria is just more of the same old conservative wedge politics

PHOTOS: Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall (CBC Photo). Below: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott and B.C. Premier Christy Clark. Bottom: Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is either demonized or ignored by Western mainstream media. In light of the inevitably angry and emotional response to the Paris terror attacks on Friday the 13th, for […]

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Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.

- Julie Delahanty discusses the need for Canada’s federal government to rein in rising inequality. And Tim Stacey duly challenges the excuse that today’s poor people just aren’t poor enough to deserve any consideration.

- Amy Goodman interviews Joseph Stiglitz about the serious problems with the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Andrea Germanos reports that Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization, is joining the chorus pointing out how the TPP will affect public health. And Andy Blatchford points out how the TPP’s intellectual property provisions are designed to enrich the U.S. at the expense (Read more…)

In-Sights: Judge by actions, not by words

2011 Year End Report, Premier Christy Clark We are working to make British Columbia the most open provincial government in Canada and I am committed to being the most connected premier in history.

Open Government is about giving people a sense of confidence that government is working for them, not trying to do something to them.

Government claims it has no records related to health firings, Vancouver Sun, October 27, 2015 VICTORIA — The B.C. government claims to have virtually no records from senior officials who oversaw the botched firings of health researchers, in response to multiple (Read more…)

In-Sights: In BC, photo ops trump action

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Afternoon Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.

- I’ll start in on my own review of the NDP’s election campaign over the next few days, focusing on what I see as being the crucial decisions as the campaign played out. But for those looking for some of what’s been written already, I’ll point out recaps and analysis from Charlie Demers, Tim Ellis, Hassan Arif, Evan Dyer, Jenn Jefferys, Christopher Majka, Gerald Caplan, Jim Quail, Elizabeth McSheffrey and Paul Dechene – while noting that I’ll be challenging and/or expanding on some of their analysis (Read more…)

Alberta Politics: Almost as beloved as Brad Wall, you’ll be shocked to learn the identity of Canada’s second most popular premier!

PHOTOS: The second-most popular premier in Canada. You know, what’s her name … Really! She’s in there somewhere! Below: B.C. Premier Christy Clark and Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger. A week ago, the Angus Reid polling company, which nowadays styles itself an Institute, released its regular poll of Canada’s premiers’ popularity. The poll, which usually shows […]

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A BCer in Toronto: Firefighters run towards fires; politicians should stay out of the way

Stephen Harper’s forest fire firefighter photo-op gone wrong this week reminded me of the time a campaign I was involved in was faced with a similar fire-related choice.

In the summer election of 2004, I was helping with communications in Skeena-Bulkley Valley on the campaign of our Liberal candidate, Miles Richardson. It was a fun campaign in one of the largest ridings in Canada — we’d send Miles on the road from our Prince Rupert base and not see him for a week. We were confident we’d dispatch Conservative incumbent Andy Burton, but we didn’t expect the NDP’s Nathan Cullen (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your Friday reading.

- Matthew Melmed examines how poverty early in life is both disturbingly widespread, and likely to severely affect a child’s future prospects.

- Lawrence Mishel and Alyssa Davis track the extreme gap in wage growth for CEOs as opposed to workers. Robert Skidelsky argues that we can’t rely on employment relationships to fully address poverty and inequality given the number of current jobs that will be mechanized out of existence before long. But on the bright side, Sara Mojtehedzadeh reports on Unifor’s success in achieving significant improvements in wages and schedule predictability for retail (Read more…)

Alberta Politics: Reunite Alberta’s right? The Great Wildrose Experiment is going to be hard to undo

PHOTOS: Wildrose Party Leader Brian Jean at the Calgary Stampede. Too country to be electable in the new Alberta? (Photo from Mr. Jean’s Flickr account.) Below: Former Harper strategist Ken Boessenkool and former Harper speechwriter Paul Bunner, both involved in Alberta’s “reunite the right” movement. (Photos grabbed from their Facebook accounts.) Well, no one can […]

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The Disaffected Lib: Dear Crusty. LNG is Volatile. It Could Even Blow Up in Your Face.

BC premier Christy Clark is in love – with British Columbia’s natural gas reserves.  She sees it as a magical solution to pay off all of the province’s debts and fund wonderful new projects and services.  She even imagines herself riding across northern BC on a unicorn sprinkling fairy dust wherever natural gas is to be found.

Uhh-uhh.  Crash. Thud.  Sorry, madam premier, to be the carrier of more bad LNG news (there’s been a lot lately) but a new report says our own natural gas reserves may be a stranded asset if international action reaches an accord to limit (Read more…)