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The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: How our “democracy” really works – the charade of party politics and whipped caucuses

Christy Clark being sworn in as Premier of British Columbia in 2011, surrounded by her cabinet (Province of BC/Flickr)

Well, it’s the political silly season again, when we democratically come together to decide by secret ballot who will govern us for the next four years. It’s a system we’ve used with minor alterations . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: How our “democracy” really works – the charade of party politics and whipped caucuses

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: NDP’s LNG reversal is a game-changer for BC election

BC NDP Leader John Horgan’s decision to oppose Petronas’ Lelu Island LNG project is a game-changer for the upcoming provincial election, says Rafe Mair.

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The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: Weaver, BC Greens should quit backing private river power sham

Rafe Mair has praised the Green Party on many fronts, but its BC leader, Dr. Andrew Weaver makes a fatal mistake with his continued support of the Liberals’ private power sham, which is bankrupting BC Hydro while destroying our rivers.

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The Common Sense Canadian: The NDP’s only shot at winning in BC: Embrace the NEW ECONOMY

The NDP has one slim chance of winning the next BC election: Embracing the “New Economy” – creating healthy, sustainable jobs vs. the Liberals’ old, bankrupt ideas of LNG and big dams.

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The Common Sense Canadian: Politicians shouldn’t be cowed into keeping mum on Saanich LNG project, says eminent lawyer

Should elected regional directors be allowed to voice their opinion on an LNG project before the company formally applies? That’s the question at the centre of a bizarre, heated legal and political controversy in Saanich Inlet – which promises to be the next big LNG battleground.

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The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: By backing LNG, the Horgan NDP lost election before it began

In backing the Liberals’ LNG vision, John Horgan and the BCNDP made a fatal mistake, argues Rafe Mair. Had they done their job in opposition, they would now be poised to take down the government over its failed policies – instead, they face another crushing loss.

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The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: Tuesday is BC’s Annual “Deception Day” (a.k.a. Budget Day)

Get ready for BC’s Annual “Deception Day”, says Rafe Mair – when the government’s budget, with its fictitious surpluses and billions in hidden Hydro debts, becomes a game of Three-card Monte

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The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: Shame on Premier Clark for playing Site C politics at Bill Bennett’s funeral

Rafe Mair calls out BC Premier Christy Clark for shameless politicking over Site C Dam at Bill Bennett’s funeral and for dismissing LNG opponents as “the forces of ‘No'”

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The Common Sense Canadian: How the BC Liberals killed WAC Bennett’s dream of affordable public power, ferries, rail

Longtime BC Premier WAC Bennett’s dream of affordable public power, ferries and rail is dead. Rafe Mair describes how a need generation of right wingers – the BC Liberals – killed it.

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The Common Sense Canadian: Why the BC Liberals could easily win the next election

Despite myriad scandals and a lack of popularity, the BC Liberals could easily win again in 2017, says Rafe Mair – especially since the NDP refuse to help themselves.

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The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe Mair on the perfect job opening for Christy Clark

After demonstrating her incompetence on the LNG file and all things governing-related, Rafe Mair has a suggestion for Premier Christy Clark of a job she’s actually well-qualified for.

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The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: NDP Leader Horgan’s Site C Dam opposition is a game-changer

NDP Leader John Horgan has finally come out swinging against Site C Dam – a wise political move that will benefit his party in the provincial election, says Rafe Mair.

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The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: BCNDP convention shows they still don’t get it on LNG

BCNDP Leader John Horgan at the party’s recent convention (NDP/facebook)

Political pundits are busy analyzing the recent NDP convention and I can tell you it’s easier to interpret the entrails of a rooster. Conventions organized to look like sunny expressions of the party’s solidarity and readiness for an election usually disguise more than . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: BCNDP convention shows they still don’t get it on LNG

The Common Sense Canadian: British Columbians reject premiers’ “Canadian Energy Strategy” – designed to push pipelines

Citizens on Burnaby Mountain the day Kinder Morgan’s injunction was read out (Mark Klotz/Flickr)

Republished from the ECOreport.

According to the Globe and Mail, Canadian Premiers are about to sign an agreement that would fast track pipeline projects. The 34-page-report describes how to deal with the opposition Energy East, Kinder Morgan, Northern Gateway . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian: British Columbians reject premiers’ “Canadian Energy Strategy” – designed to push pipelines

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Last Monster Music Show

The other night I wrote about Stephen Harper's disgusting attack on Tom Mulcair and Justin Trudeau at a Con BBQ at the Calgary Stampede.Where he accused both leaders of being terrorist stooges, claimed they were out of it, that we were all in terrible danger of being beheaded in our beds or drowned in . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Last Monster Music Show

The Disaffected Lib: It’s the D-Word and It’s Arrived in Canada

Prime minister Cletis doesn’t seem to have noticed that global warming has arrived in his very own backyard.  Funny how he can’t hear all those local Tories squealing like pigs over the drought setting in across the West.

It’s the sort of think I watch out of the corner of my eye, hoping that . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: It’s the D-Word and It’s Arrived in Canada

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: Notley should change electoral system following Alberta NDP win…no, seriously

Alberta Premier Elect Rachel Notley celebrates a shocking victory (Alberta NDP facebook page)

Somehow, the day after it happened, the election of the NDP in Alberta doesn’t seem quite as astonishing as it would have say, a year ago. Back then, one would have been in danger of certification as mad to predict . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: Notley should change electoral system following Alberta NDP win…no, seriously

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: NDP Opposition should try some actual opposing

BC NDP and Official Opposition Leader John Horgan (BCNDP.ca/youtube)

I’ve been very critical, especially recently in the tyee.ca, of John Horgan, leader of the NDP, and the Official Opposition itself. This is, I assure you, nothing personal but is entirely a matter of the quality of the opposition presented and the effect it . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: NDP Opposition should try some actual opposing

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: Christy Clark should try being more leader, less cheerleader

BC Premier Christy Clark dons Canucks jersey during 2013 election campaign (Andy Clark / Reuters)

Nowhere in the appalling record of the Liberal government in Victoria has its shortcomings been more obvious than at the very top. Premier Christy Clark has been a terrible leader whose pronouncements get more and more embarrassing as . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: Christy Clark should try being more leader, less cheerleader

Alberta Diary: Dear Scotland: Do whatever you think is best … but remember, the Globe and Mail never has your interests at heart

A typical Western Canadian scene: snapped in Edmonton, Alberta, in 2014.

The Scotch, as we used to say when I was growing up in B.C., pretty much built Western Canada, leastways the European superstructure of buildings, roads and railways that lies atop the land of the first inhabitants. You need only see the . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Dear Scotland: Do whatever you think is best … but remember, the Globe and Mail never has your interests at heart

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: Bennett should resign over Mount Polley

In the old days of BC politics, Minister Bennett would fall on his sword, says Rafe Mair (Youtube / Got News Network)

One day, in 1863, Mr. Byrne decided to take a stroll to get a little bit of Liverpool air. As he ambled down the street he went past Mr. Boadle’s flour . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: Bennett should resign over Mount Polley

The Common Sense Canadian: Burnaby fires back at Kinder Morgan with constitutional challenge

Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan continues to be a thorn in Kinder Morgan’s side (Image: Youtube)

Read this Aug. 11 story by Jennifer Moreau in the Burnaby Now on Burnaby Council’s latest salvo in its battle with pipeline company Kinder Morgan over drilling under Burnaby Mountain.

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The Common Sense Canadian: Mount Polley owner donated half a million dollars to Liberals, gets easy ride from Bennett

BC Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett (CP)

By Alex Hanson

The Bill Bennett dog and pony show has been wheeled out in the media once again, this time to cover for his long time pal and major campaign contributor Murray Edwards – the biggest shareholder at the now infamous Mount Polley . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian: Mount Polley owner donated half a million dollars to Liberals, gets easy ride from Bennett

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: Mount Polley Mine proves Liberal “de-regulation” doesn’t work

Blame the BC Liberals’ lax regulations for Mount Polley Mine, says Rafe Mair (BC Liberal facebook page)

The Mount Polley Mine/Imperial Metals disaster is such that one scarcely knows where to start. Fortunately, the people of British Columbia have a writer like Stephen Hume, who in the Vancouver Sun tells chapter and verse . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: Mount Polley Mine proves Liberal “de-regulation” doesn’t work

The Common Sense Canadian: Examining the BC Liberal Government’s real fiscal record

The Common Sense Canadian’s Damien Gillis discusses the BC Liberal government’s real fiscal track record with CFAX radio’s Ian Jessop in Victoria.

The two contrast a history of serious cost-overruns on major infrastructure projects with the oft-repeated myth of the government’s sound fiscal management. From the Port Mann Bridge and Hwy 1 widening (550% of . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian: Examining the BC Liberal Government’s real fiscal record