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…

Christy Clark shares the stage in Paris with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other Canadian Premiers. | Photo courtesy of the Province of British Columbia

Spinning and fiddling as the world burns

Christy Clark says the darndest things. B.C.’s premier routinely gets away with jaw-dropping spin. A few days ago, for example, addressing the media about the legacy of Bill Bennett, the province’s former Social Credit premier who passed away last week at age 83, Clark praised him as someone who stood up for the “little guy”…

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PowerBC: NDP plan calls for more clean energy, green jobs

Despite all the excitement about the defeat of the Harper government, in B.C. the political status quo still seems unmovable. Riddled with scandals, and having weathered many dips in popularity over nearly 15 years in office, the B.C. Liberals and Christy Clark nevertheless seem relatively secure in power. With a year and a half until…