B.C. NDP leader John Horgan | Photo courtesy of BC NDP

Courage my NDP friends, victory in 2017 is possible

On March 2, 1999, BCTV’s news hour featured a live RCMP door knock at the East Vancouver residence of then NDP Premier Glen Clark. The cops were at the home of the province’s top politician to execute a search warrant issued in connection with an investigation into breach of trust involving a casino license approved…

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Donald Trump and the danger of Vancouver’s toxic real estate debate

Perhaps one silver lining of this summer’s grand opening of the Trump Vancouver luxury tower will be to refocus the housing affordability discussion that’s currently generating a lot more heat than light. The bloviating con man and presumptive Republican presidential nominee has partnered to build Trump Vancouver with Holborn Group, a development firm and a…

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau raise the rainbow flag over Parliament. | Photo courtesy of the Office of the Prime Minister of Canada

After Orlando, we must redouble our efforts against homophobia

This was going to be another column about Vancouver’s affordability crisis, but that will have to wait. Early Sunday morning, the worst mass shooting in U.S. history took place in Orlando, Florida, leaving over 50 dead and many more injured. The location of this massacre was Pulse, a popular gay nightclub. The target was the…

It would take a worker making minimum wage more than two years to make what Clark gets for her “car allowance.” | Photo courtesy of the Province of British Columbia

Christy Clark is counting on you not paying attention

In just over one year, B.C. voters will go to the polls again. Under the province’s fixed election date rules, E-Day is tentatively scheduled for May 9, 2017. Despite a growing tally of scandals and the fact her promises of an LNG “bonanza” – a centrepiece of her 2013 election campaign – turned out to…

The B.C. Liberals have refused to disclose the guest lists at high-priced fundraising dinners. | Photo courtesy of Michael Ignatief

Let’s get big money out of B.C. politics once and for all

I thought maybe the Globe and Mail was pulling an April Fools’ joke. On the front page, above the fold, their headline read, ‘Clark promises fundraising transparency.’ Turns out the story is legit, although the new measures the B.C. premier is proposing are underwhelming. To set the context of that headline, let’s review. Christy Clark…

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Government must restore free bus passes for people with disabilities

In the right conditions, a single spark can start a roaring fire. The BC Liberals’ decision to take away free bus passes from people with disabilities might just be that spark in British Columbia. The government’s move was spectacularly insensitive. It must not be allowed to stand. Already the issue has sparked protests at the…

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Time for ‘The Forces of Yes’ to awaken in B.C.

The BC Liberals suffered a blow in by-elections last week, losing a riding they had previously held in Coquitlam Burke Mountain. The NDP’s Jodie Wickens picked up that seat in the Legislature, winning a close race that included a strong showing from the Green Party’s Joey Keithley. The NDP also easily retained their traditional stronghold…