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Cowichan Conversations: Obituary: ‘Old Leather Lungs,’ one of B.C.’s most colourful politicians

Old time Socred MLA and Cabinet Minister Don Phillips was from another era, a time of flamboyant speakers and keen as hell debaters.

On the Socred side, Phillips, Rafe Mair and Grace McCarthy would

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Alberta Politics: Go figure! Jim Prentice, failed former politician, resurfaces with sweet gig at Washington think tank

PHOTOS: Those were the days! This time last year, Jim Prentice was everyone else’s favourite Albertan, or so it seemed. Now look at him, already the last Conservative premier of Alberta. Below: Woodrow Wilson, the only American president with a PhD a… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Go figure! Jim Prentice, failed former politician, resurfaces with sweet gig at Washington think tank

Alberta Politics: Second verse, same as the first! Notley Government decrees no change to Alberta’s royalty regime

PHOTOS: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, surrounded by Calgary New Democrat MLAs in this screen shot of yesterday morning’s news conference in Calgary, announces her new government’s new royalty policy, which is pretty much the same as the old govern… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Second verse, same as the first! Notley Government decrees no change to Alberta’s royalty regime

Alberta Politics: Eight months of the NDP in review: Main themes pretty much as predicted on Day 2

PHOTOS: Premier Rachel Notley gives her victory speech on the historic evening of May 5, 2015, moments after the Alberta NDP’s victory was declared. Below: Former British Columbia NDP premier Dave Barrett, former Ontario NDP premier Bob Rae, later a … . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Eight months of the NDP in review: Main themes pretty much as predicted on Day 2

Alberta Politics: Hunting for hangover remedies with Bill Bennett and other tall tales from Social Credit British Columbia

PHOTOS: Former British Columbia Social Credit Party Premier Bill Bennett on the steps of the B.C. Legislature in Victoria. Below: Another shot of Mr. Bennett, who died on Dec. 3, looking a little shaggy; NDP Premier Dave Barrett; W.A.C. Bennett, B.C. . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Hunting for hangover remedies with Bill Bennett and other tall tales from Social Credit British Columbia

Cowichan Conversations: Three extraordinary, but forgotten years in B.C–!972-1975

I came across this Geoff Olson piece posted in the Vancouver Courier reflecting back on that amazing time in BC when we had a government that gave a damn.

Premier Dave Barrett-1972–1975

Roberta tottered

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Alberta Politics: ‘Parson’ Manning, in the pulpit, preaches a formula of failure to Alberta’s New Democrats

PHOTOS: Preston Manning, Godfather of the Canadian right. Below: Alberta Premier Designate Rachel Notley, Liberal prime minister Wilfrid Laurier, Social Credit premier E.C. Manning and United Farmers of Alberta leader Henry Wise Wood. Preaching from the highest pulpit in the land, the opinion pages of the mighty Globe and Mail, Preston “Parson” Manning delivered a . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: ‘Parson’ Manning, in the pulpit, preaches a formula of failure to Alberta’s New Democrats

Alberta Politics: And now for the hard part … getting businesses and right-wing commentators to curb their hysteria

PHOTOS: Alberta NDP premier-elect Rachel Notley at the centre of media attention. Below: NDP premiers Dave Barrett of British Columbia and Bob Rae of Ontario, back in the day; columnist and NDP activist Gerald Caplan. And now, the hard part … If you thought overcoming the supposed Progressive Conservative juggernaut piloted by hastily departing premier . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: And now for the hard part … getting businesses and right-wing commentators to curb their hysteria

Cowichan Conversations: Canada’s Diminished Democracy Should Look Back To Our Past To Build Canada of the Future

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

The outrageous assault on Canada, on what used to be Canadian values, of our decency as a once respected nation, on our very democracy fuelled a fiery address from an old socialist warrior Stephen Lewis. (see post above)

At 77 he still has fire in his belly and that fire . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Canada’s Diminished Democracy Should Look Back To Our Past To Build Canada of the Future

Alberta Diary: A picture of Tories gone gray: How much will Albertans spend on oil portraits of Alison Redford and Dave Hancock?

Premier pro tempore Dave Hancock’s official portrait imagined. Actual Legislative Building paintings may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Ed Stelmach as seen by Tunde Vari; Ralph Klein by Xin Yu Zheng; your blogger by Ryn Climenhaga.

“I love scandals about other people, but scandals about myself don’t interest me. They have not . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: A picture of Tories gone gray: How much will Albertans spend on oil portraits of Alison Redford and Dave Hancock?

Cowichan Conversations: Bob Williams on Voice of BC- Vaughn Palmer

Bob Williams

Bob Williams was the intellect and a driving force behind the BC NDP government that ran from 1972 to 1975. In that short time that Dave Barrett government accomplished more than any government before of since.

Corky Evans

Mr. Williams is a Board Member of Vancity, one of North America’s . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Bob Williams on Voice of BC- Vaughn Palmer

Cowichan Conversations: Don Maroc Applauds Corky’s Leadership on Preserving Farmland

Don Maroc Cowichan Conversations Contributor

Thanks for this Corky, we need your strong, rational voice on this extremely important issue. We hope you won’t mind if we tidy up a few of your comments.

You’re certainly right the Agricultural Land Reserve is unique, not just in Canada but the whole world. In 1972 . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Don Maroc Applauds Corky’s Leadership on Preserving Farmland

Accidental Deliberations: On legacies

Obviously last night’s Nova Scotia election results represent a huge disappointment for the NDP. But they also offer some reason to discuss the brand being developed at both the provincial and federal levels.

The working assumption for both the federal party and most of the provincial parties close to forming government has been that the . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On legacies

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 . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: History Tells Us That Defeated BC NDP Leaders Never Make A Comeback

Cowichan Conversations: Rafe Mair’s Prediction-Nothing Can Save The BC Liberals-Except Maybe The NDP

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

Rafe looks back at his own time as a Cabinet Minister in the Social Credit Government of the 80′s, past elections and endorses the BC NDP.

It is not a without reservations love-in, just that compared to the alternatives in a first past the post election it is a no . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Rafe Mair’s Prediction-Nothing Can Save The BC Liberals-Except Maybe The NDP

Cowichan Conversations: Several South American Countries Are Showing Us The Way Back To Democracy!

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

 

Do you remember when Canada was seen as a friendly, socially progressive country? Well, perhaps not, but I will bet that your parents do.

We have lost ground and are now a reactionary anti-science- pro military, right wing led and controlled country. We are going backward actually and yet . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Several South American Countries Are Showing Us The Way Back To Democracy!