Alberta Politics: This feels like it’s happened before … it’s Groundhog Day and the Liberals have just broken a promise!

PHOTOS: Can you not quite shake the feeling, like the Canadian voter at left, things keep happening over and over again? Actual Canadian voters may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair and NDP Democratic Reform Critic Nathan Cullen. So long, electoral reform! ...

Left Over: Gordon Campbell..back in the Soup…

Ottawa announces diplomatic shakeup with 26 new appointments Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion removes high-profile Harper-era appointees By John Paul Tasker, CBC News Posted: Jul 19, 2016 11:27 AM ET Last Updated: Jul 19, 2016 3:02 PM ET It’s about time, by any standards of  political heel-dragging, that  the Harper appointees go gently into that  good ...

In-Sights: Comfortable

The first part of this article was written in November 2009; the addendum added April 2016. In the days when the Fraser Valley had working forests, my Grandfather was its chief forest ranger, employed by the Province of BC. An inquisitive child, I asked Grandmother, “Are you rich?” She said, “No, but we’re comfortable.” Still ...

In-Sights: Comfortable

The first part of this article was written in November 2009; the addendum added April 2016. In the days when the Fraser Valley had working forests, my Grandfather was its chief forest ranger, employed by the Province of BC. An inquisitive child, I asked Grandmother, “Are you rich?” She said, “No, but we’re comfortable.” Still ...

In-Sights: Careless or captured? (A 2009 repeat)

When you read or listen to resource industry advocates, especially ones masquerading as objective political pundits, compare their concerns in 2009 about burning natural gas to generate peak-demand electricity to their current attitudes toward burning natural gas to liquefy natural gas. The following was first published at Northern Insight on August 4, 2009. Despite deep ...

In-Sights: Crime (still) in progress (a 2010 article repeated)

News item: British Columbia Liberals announce the new Clean Energy Act sets the foundation for a new future of electricity self-sufficiency. Definition: Self-sufficiency: The ability to satisfy one’s basic needs without outside help. News item: General Electric, the multinational corporation ranked in 2009 by Forbes as the world’s largest, invested $727 million in British Columbia’s ...

In-Sights: Vanishing revenues

With land developers, the largest funders of the BC Liberal Party are natural resource companies. They’ve contributed millions of dollars to encourage government sympathetic to their needs. No administration in the province’s history has been as sympathetic to natural gas producers as the present one and benefits to them measure in the billions. I offer ...

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…

Northern Insights: Gordon Campbell making history

First published in December, 2009 History is indeed little more than the register of the crimes, follies and misfortunes of mankind.– Edward Gibbon, English historian of Rome (1737 – 1794) Doug McArthur at SFU’s Public Policy School cast his eye on one of British Columbia’s crime scenes: I have suggested that since this whole system ...

Northern Insight / Perceptivity: He can’t handle the truth

Laila Yuile uncovered an indication that Stephen Harper has new plans for Gordon Campbell. It involves a telephone pollster with Conservative ties asking a call recipient if Gordon Campbell was trustworthy. In politics today, fact matters less than perception. The former Premier’s trustworthiness could be determined from the record but the PMO cares not about ...

Northern Insight / Perceptivity: Careless or captured?

When you read or listen to resource industry advocates, especially ones masquerading as objective political pundits, compare their concerns in 2009 about burning natural gas to generate peak-demand electricity to their current support for burning natural gas to liquefy natural gas. The following was first published at Northern Insight on August 4, 2009. Despite deep ...

Cowichan Conversations: NDP’s Jenny Kwan Has Proven Herself to Be A Woman Of Decency and Integrity

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger It is quite sickening to watch the attack on the character of Jenny Kwan, the MLA who along with Joy McPhail stood up as the only opposition to Gordon Campbell and his BC Liberals following the BC NDP wipeout of 2001. Here is the CBC coverage including video interviews.  I unequivocally and without ...

Left Over: Take the Wrong Way Home…

$109 fine for new driver taking drunk dad home 18-year-old novice driver Evan Godo received a $109 fine for not displaying the ‘N’ sign CBC News Posted: Dec 27, 2013 8:37 PM PT Here in BC, as  elsewhere in Canada, the rules  are flexible and depend on your status… But this kid got caught in the ...

Cowichan Conversations: Rafe Mair Rants About BC Hydro Lies From BC Liberals, But Hydro Is Blameless

As we are treated to distortion, lies and revisionist BS Rafe Mair of the Common Sense Canadian steps in and tells it like it is. Rafe Mair The crap we’re obliged to take is becoming too odorous for these old nostrils. We’re told by Bill Bennett that there will be big raises in our Hydro ...

Left Over: Rob Ford: I’m No Edsel…

  Toronto Mayor Rob Ford ‘could easily get re-elected’ The mayor’s base of support hasn’t eroded much, say experts By Andre Mayer, CBC News Posted: Nov 05, 2013 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Nov 05, 2013 6:32 AM ET   Ford’s so-called ‘apology’ was the smart move for him…after all, it worked for Gordon Campbell, here in BC..Convicted of ...

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 ...

Left Over: Dazed & Confused, Depressed & Not Amused….

By now the entire country  knows what happened here in BC…the re-election of the Provincial Liberals (or Con-Lites) …to say that  I am depressed is to  state the case in an all-too delicate way. If I can derive any tiny bit of  satisfaction  from the election, it is that… a) my old home riding, Kitsilano ...

Northern Insight: Connections between wealth and power flourish in secret

An article I published almost three years ago is timely on this election day. Voters have an opportunity to change direction. If we do not, the plundering of British Columbia will accelerate. Gordon Campbell began with a set of principles and slid into corruption. Christy Clark started without principle. Earlier in Northern Insights, the article ...

Cowichan Conversations: Martyn Brown – Gordon Cambell’s Chief of Staff Disses Christy Clark

Martyn Brown-’Think Twice-Vote Once’   Just as Christy Clark is in high gear doing her version of the Socialist Hordes are at the Gates, along comes former Premier Gordon Campbell’s ’Chief of Staff’ Martyn Brown with this commentary was published in the Georgia Straight.

Cowichan Conversations: Here is a Completely Objective Promo for the BC NDP ;-) Well Sort of…

Richard Hughes- Political Blogger We need a new government after 12 years of the Gordon Campbell and Christy Clark BC Liberals. I am wholeheartedly supporting Adrian Dix for Premier and the re-election of Bill Routley in Cowichan. But, you knew that anyway, right. Here is an BC NDP promo about a dead beat , cheating boyfriend that ...

Song of the Watermelon: Cleaning Up Gordon Campbell’s Mess

According to every poll and every projection by every firm and every commentator, Christy Clark and her Liberal Party are about to be handed an unbalanced ass-whooping of the sort we British Columbians seem to enjoy dishing out to governing parties once every decade or so. Naturally, when this happens, I will be singing and ...

Left Over: Oh, wait………

Peeved Harper aims at ‘remaking Canadian labour force’ ‘Too many kids getting BAs and not enough welders,’ one Conservative insider says   The irony of this pontificating ConJob is that one of Harper’s favourite sycophants, Gordon Campbell, single-handedly destroyed the wonderful apprenticeship program here in BC so that his political pals in the construction biz ...

Left Over: The Empress Has No Clothes…..

B.C. Liberals face budget vote amid ‘ethnic-vote’ scandal Premier Christy Clark doesn’t rule out possibility of scandal forcing her out CBC News Posted: Mar 5, 2013 7:04 AM PT Clark, like the disgraced Campbell before her, unhappily faces the onslaught of very real scandal;  unlike him, however, she is facing an election with nowhere to ...

Cowichan Conversations: BC NDP Will Have To Be Smart, Tough and Green!

Don Maroc-Cowichan Conversations Contributor BC logs should be used to create B.C. jobs, says the NDP. Absolutely, and low cost B.C. electricity should be used to make BC manufacturers competitive and more than competitive in the global marketplace. And if Gordon Campbell’s run-of-the-river power pirates insist on continuing to charge B.C. Hydro three times the ...

Accidental Deliberations: On dubious partners

I’ve mostly avoided commenting on the federal Libs’ leadership race based on the need for the party’s own membership (and supportership in this case) to decide on a future direction for itself. But with one of the candidates explicitly running on a platform of cross-party dealings, I’d think there’s some room to analyze whether she ...