Governance

BC NDP must exercise discipline and respect for process

BC NDP must exercise discipline and respect for process

Normally, a Supply Act is an inconspicuous bit of procedure. The media and the public hardly pay any attention. While it’s process largely goes unnoticed, it’s purpose is important as it enables government to continue paying the bills in between one fiscal year and the next. Other articles on this issue. Vaughn Palmer: Budget delayed, B.C. NDP...

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PODCAST: Ken Wu – Protecting high productivity old-growth in British Columbia

PODCAST: Ken Wu – Protecting high productivity old-growth in British Columbia

This podcast was originally published on The Green Exchange podcast from the BC Green Caucus on March 19, 2021. This podcast is a MUST LISTEN if you are concerned about old-growth in British Columbia. In this episode of The Public Circle Podcast I connect with Ken Wu, the former Executive Director of the Ancient Forest Alliance and the current...

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2021 Supply Act: Nothing to see here, except there is!

In December the BC NDP used their majority to delay budget 2021. They claimed they needed more time due to the challenge posed by the global pandemic. In reality, it was their self-serving fall election that caused the new government to immediately begin trampling on the budget process, eventually pushing the annual...

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Taking steps to support renters in British Columbia

More than two years ago I had the honour of participating in the Rental Housing Task Force with Vancouver West-End MLA Spencer Chandra-Herbert and Courtney-Comox MLA Ronna-Rae Leonard. We held community engagement sessions across the province and heard from both renters and landlords as well as other stakeholders. In...

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Column: What is systemic discrimination, bias and racism?

Column: What is systemic discrimination, bias and racism?

I am a member of the Special Committee on Reforming the Police Act. Parts of the Act have been amended over the years, but it has been decades since there were any major reviews of the entire legislation. With increasing pressure on the provincial government last summer to address systemic discrimination, bias and racism in policing, Minister...

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Business grant still missing the mark

Business grant still missing the mark

Vaughn Palmer recently wrote an editorial highlighting the challenges the provincial government is having with delivering its $300 million support program for small-medium businesses. Palmer highlights the significant inconsistencies in the messages coming from the government, specifically what Premier John Horgan is saying the problem is and...

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One year anniversary of protests, blockades lands on Moose Hide Day

One year anniversary of protests, blockades lands on Moose Hide Day

It has been one year since protesters set up a camp on the front steps of the legislature. The protests were a result of the BC NDP’s decision to press ahead with the Coastal GasLink pipeline through the Wet’suwet’en territory using militarized RCMP to enforce their decision. I had just returned from a visit to the territory. I was invited by the...

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Data driven decisions need complete data

Data driven decisions need complete data

Each Monday morning at 7:40am I am on the Political Panel hosted by Stephen Quinn on CBC Vancouver. We discuss (and debate) the current events. This week the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out plan was the topic of discussion. According to government the plan is data-informed, the main point of contention debated on the panel was the data the government...

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2021: Overcoming biases, fallacies, stigmas

2021: Overcoming biases, fallacies, stigmas

Firstly, the answer is NO to the question being asked of every politician in Canada right now. I have barely left my house in Tsartlip during the holiday season never mind the city, province or country. Former Ontario Finance Minister Rod Phillips said no one was more disappointed than he is about his shocking decision to fly to the Caribbean for...

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Is it a Throne Speech or the Throne Speech?

British Columbians need clarity from the BC NDP government whether the Throne Speech that opened the 42nd Parliament is the plan for 2021, or if there is another Throne Speech planned for the Spring. As it stands right now it's unclear what the plan is, and it's not really certain that there is a plan. We know we are...

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