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daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Pipeline politics leads to strange bedfellows in Alberta and BC

Fresh from winning the approval of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is off to British Columbia to pitch the benefits of the pipeline. On pipelines and climate change, Alberta’s New Democratic Party appears to be more… Continue Reading →

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Notley’s Climate Change plan earns Trudeau’s Pipeline approval

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced today the fate of three pipelines that have dominated political debate in Alberta over the past six years. Yes to Kinder Morgan Trans-Mountain Pipeline. No to the controversial Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline. Yes to the… Continue Reading →

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.

– Toby Sanger offers some important background to the federal government’s expected plan for privatized infrastructure by noting that the anticipated result would be to double the costs. And Luke Kawa notes that the Libs are already having trouble spending the money they’ve budgeted for infrastructure – leaving . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

Alberta Politics: Ric McIver’s tantrum and return to the House explained: In Alberta, being a Tory means never having to say you’re sorry!

PHOTOS: Interim Tory Leader Ric McIver, mid tantrum, tells Alberta Speaker Bob Wanner he’s not sitting down until he gets his way! Below: Mr. Wanner, looking appropriately annoyed; the notorious Dr. Benjamin Spock; and an advertisement for Brylcreem,… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Ric McIver’s tantrum and return to the House explained: In Alberta, being a Tory means never having to say you’re sorry!

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

In-Sights: State and future of BC Hydro

Opposition parties in BC ought to create a set of hearings to conduct a thorough PUBLIC examination of independent power contracts, alternative less-destructive energy sources and the state and future of BC Hydro.

MLAs should try to initiate the examination as a committee of the legislature and when Liberals refuse to participate, cross the street . . . → Read More: In-Sights: State and future of BC Hydro

Cowichan Conversations: Rafe:–The Christy Clark Excuse For a Government and The BC NDP’s Lack Of Opposition Vigour

Rafe Mair

 

Dear Richard

Your article of yesterday is very disturbing in a number of ways. Quite by coincidence, the following story appears on the CBC

A leading seismic scientist says B.C.’s energy

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In-Sights: Horgan speaks to the Premier

Hansard, May 28, 2015 The notion of a Debt-free British Columbia — hard to imagine when you’ve seen $135-billion increase in debt and contractual obligations under the B.C. Liberal watch. But somehow, in the fantasy world of the B.C. Liberals, you can make the assertion that we will be debt-free; you just don’t have to . . . → Read More: In-Sights: Horgan speaks to the Premier

Cowichan Conversations: Video: Conversations that Matter with John Horgan

Stuart McNish interviews BC NDP leader John Horgan carried in the Vancouver Sun (Video)

NDP John Horgan says, “everyone’s a New Democrat they just don’t know it yet”.

Horgan talks about everything from resources to

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Northern Insight / Perceptivity: Horgan with Jessop, CFAX Feb 12

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Cowichan Conversations: Doug Routley’s Facebook Post Along With My Response

I started off the morning reading Doug Routley’s post on Facebook that had been forwarded to me. Now, while I am responding to Doug, he is not alone. These are the talking points and frames from NDP communications. We will be hearing similar from NDP MLA’s all across the province

Here is MLA Doug Routley’s . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Doug Routley’s Facebook Post Along With My Response

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

Cowichan Conversations: BC NDP Jump into Bed with the BC Liberals–There is no way back, the deal is done, the sellout is complete!

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

What a sad turn of events for British Columbians it is to see John Horgan, leader of the BC NDP, stand up and sing off the same song sheet as Christy Clark and her crew selling out our economic sovereignty and our future environment to foreign state owned corporations.

BC . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: BC NDP Jump into Bed with the BC Liberals–There is no way back, the deal is done, the sellout is complete!

Northern Insight / Perceptivity: Official opposition on resource development

John Horgan in the Legislature, October 8, 2014: “…Three years ago the Premier told B.C. families that she would make B.C. a leader in private sector job creation. Three years later we’re No. 9. When it comes to LNG, three years ago she said we’d create 100,000 jobs, we’d eliminate the debt and we’d . . . → Read More: Northern Insight / Perceptivity: Official opposition on resource development

Northern Insight: John Horgan on resource revenues

This is from Ian Jessop’s CFAX1070 program, May 9, about 1:45pm

Gadget Google – Lecteur multimédia de Google – http://www.liens-du-vin.ch/google-audio_player-script.htm

Cowichan Conversations: More Maroc Messaging For BC NDP’s John Horgan

An Addendum to A Public Letter to John Horgan, MLA, Next Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition

Don Maroc

You’re right John. the original letter was loaded with enough responsibilities without adding more but a couple of your potential friends pointed out omissions.

Alexandra Morton, the indomitable champion of B.C.’s wild salmon runs, pointed . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: More Maroc Messaging For BC NDP’s John Horgan

Cowichan Conversations: Maroc’s Public Letter to John Horgan Probably The New Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition

Don Maroc-Cowichan Conversations Contributor

It looks like the power brokers have decided that you are the NDP’s last hope for revival. Of course no one is saying anything like that John, but that’s what’s being bantered back and forth out here among what was once the NDP backbone.

Don’t be complacent when the . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Maroc’s Public Letter to John Horgan Probably The New Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition

Northern Insight: Comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable

Finley Peter Dunne is credited with the words above. I have a feeling this direction will be in the minds of more than a few politicos a year or so from now.

That’s because Monday night, John Horgan entered the race to lead the BC New Democratic Party. I’ve exchanged views with John on a . . . → Read More: Northern Insight: Comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable

Cowichan Conversations: BC NDP Leadership Rules – A Cash Grab That Is Discouraging Challenger’s From Seeking Leadership Role

Just when you think that the BC NDP inner circle has run out of stupid they unveil a leadership race package that would look more at home in a big business Liberal or Conservative party race than what used to be a mildly left social democratic party.

The last electoral NDP victory was in ’96 . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: BC NDP Leadership Rules – A Cash Grab That Is Discouraging Challenger’s From Seeking Leadership Role

Cowichan Conversations: BC Hydro Rate Shock Powered By Lies

Rafe Mair

 

One of my favourite bloggers is longtime broadcaster, and former Socred Cabinet Minister Rafe Mair.

Here he is his going after corruption and deceit over BC Hydro Rate increases.

How do you know when a politician’s lying? When you see his/her lips move.

Bill Bennett, the BC Hydro point man . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: BC Hydro Rate Shock Powered By Lies

Cowichan Conversations: Sean Leslie Looks Big Problems at BC Hydro-This week in BC

This Week in BC -Sean Leslie Looks at BC HYDRO

Cowichan Conversations: Christy Clark’s Pipeline “Facts” vs THE “REAL” FACTS

Kevin Logan has put together this multi media analysis of the Christy Clark Spin vs the’Real Facts.’

Take a few minutes and read this excellent piece. This is what ‘Independent Journalism’is all about!

BC Liberal Pipeline Follies

Kevin Logan-Cowichan Conversations Contributor

By Kevin Logan

YOUTUBE VIDEO LINK – watch now HERE or copy and . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Christy Clark’s Pipeline “Facts” vs THE “REAL” FACTS

Cowichan Conversations: Will The BC Liberal Government Survive Today’s Budget Vote?

Richard Hughes Political Blogger

Good Morning,

The question swirling around Victoria this morning is whether or not Premier Christy Clark will be able to weather the storm ahead and whether or not the BC Liberal’s ‘Election Budget’ will pass.

If it fails then the question of Christy Clark’s leadership will be mute as . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Will The BC Liberal Government Survive Today’s Budget Vote?

Cowichan Conversations: The BC NDP Face Grim Choices Over BC Hydro-Fracking and the Site ‘C’ Dam Proposal

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

The BC Liberal’s, when under the firm grip of former Premier Gordon Campbell, liquidated much of BC Hydro, the the once proud mothership of our Crown Corps.

Campbell sold and dealt off many of the assets and services and then through the insane ‘Run of the River’ IPP’s left BC . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: The BC NDP Face Grim Choices Over BC Hydro-Fracking and the Site ‘C’ Dam Proposal

Cowichan Conversations: All BC Political Parties Need A Democratic Shakeup!

Richard Hub Hughes-Political Blogger

Let’s face it folks politics and governance in BC has become soiled by the top down control mechanisms and practices of all of BC’s political parties.

Many of those who have really been involved see that quickly, well not all, many choose to turn a blind eye if the . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: All BC Political Parties Need A Democratic Shakeup!