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Land Act: Are the BC United embracing regressive policy of denial of First Nations rights and title?

Land Act: Are the BC United embracing regressive policy of denial of First Nations rights and title?

Two weeks ago the BC NDP quietly launched a public consultation on proposed changes to the Land Act. While I have been publicly critical of the way Minister Nathan Cullen introduced the initiative, I am deeply disappointed by the response of the BC United who decided to re-embrace their former approach that is eerily reminiscent of their...

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Premier David Eby must not overlook British Columbia context of Minister Selina Robinson’s hurtful comments

Premier David Eby must not overlook British Columbia context of Minister Selina Robinson’s hurtful comments

Calls for Premier David Eby to replace Advanced Education Minister Selina Robinson grow louder following comments she made at an online forum last week. Calling the comments “wrong” and “hurtful” the Premier also said, “We are in positions of authority, responsibility, and power. And that brings with it an expectation on the part of all British...

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Reflections on being a legislator and opposition critic

Reflections on being a legislator and opposition critic

In preparation for the final session (Spring 2024) of the 42nd Parliament, I look back on this term and reflect on the pace of life as a legislator, house leader, and the role of opposition members as government critics. On Pace The pace of politics is fast. Each session comes and goes. In the lead up, the energy builds in anticipation. During...

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Investments and community advocacy in Saanich North and the Islands

Investments and community advocacy in Saanich North and the Islands

Reflecting on the past six years as MLA for Saanich North and the Islands, I am proud of the advocacy work of our Community Office. From day one, we created a community-centred approach advocating for constituents who contact us while proactively working to bring people together on important issues to coordinate response and build local...

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Response to Question of Privilege allegations Government House Leader misled the House

Response to Question of Privilege allegations Government House Leader misled the House

On Wednesday afternoon, when Government House Leader, Hon. Ravi Kahlon introduced his motion of time allocation into the British Columbia Legislative Assembly, House business immediately deteriorated into mayhem. [2:50pm] Vaughn Palmer describes the scene, “The formal name for Kahlon’s motion is “time allocation” or “closure.” The informal term...

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