Christy Clark met with Petronas President and CEO Tan Sri Dato’ Shamsul Azhar Abbas during the 2014 Spring Trade Mission to Malaysia.| Photo courtesy of BC Government Photos

Christy Clark’s LNG economic miracle turned out to be a mirage

Christy Clark’s come-from-behind election win in 2013 was based on false economic projections. Just three months before that provincial vote, in February 2013, her government made a promise of windfall revenues from the rapid development of liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports. In a press release at the time, the BC Liberals assured British Columbians, “Our…

Rachel Notley, new Premier-elect of Alberta. | Photo by Dave Cournoyer

Alberta election shocker should have Christy Clark worried

Last week, I gathered with some friends in East Vancouver to watch the Alberta election results come in. The surprising surge in the polls by the NDP had raised expectations for progressives. Still, few people really believed that an NDP government could get elected in what is commonly referred to as the most conservative province…

Alberta NDP leader Rachel Notley. | Photo by Dave Cournoyer

What can B.C. learn from the sudden rise of the Alberta NDP?

On Saturday night, the Calgary Flames eliminated the Vancouver Canucks from the Stanley Cup playoffs. Nobody expected much out of the Canucks this year, but the Flames’ ascendance is even more surprising. Their line-up is young and largely unknown. But hockey success is not the biggest surprise of this Spring in Alberta. Provincial politics is…

Child poverty rates in BC remain high despite budget surplus. | Photo by Donald E. Curtis.

B.C. budget: Surplus for the rich

At a glance, the B.C. budget introduced last week by the B.C. Liberal government tells a story of success and prosperity. This year’s surplus was larger than expected, at a whopping $879 million. As the only provincial administration not currently running a deficit, Finance Minister Mike de Jong was able to boast, “We are the…

Workers in polluting industries care about the environment. | Photo by Daniel Foster

Fossil fuel free B.C.?

My first full-time job was at the Nalley’s chip factory on Annacis Island. I started the gig a day short of my 18th birthday. The first thing that shocked me was the astonishing amount of waste that occurred during production. The facility was old and somewhat in disrepair. Grease fires regularly broke out in the…

Alexis Tsipras, head of Greece’s Syriza party. | Photo courtesy of Fraktion DIE LINKE im Bundestag

Greek lessons for the B.C. NDP?

Syriza has won the elections in Greece. A new left party, they’ve gone in just over a decade from the fringes of political life all the way to power, swept in on a promise to end years of vicious austerity policies. This historic win for Syriza has alarmed right-wingers and bankers around the world. It…

Mount Polley mine near Likely, B.C. | Photo by Photonomus

Don’t let Christy Clark and the Liberals continue to fly under the radar

Three key B.C. political issues to watch in 2015 Since Christy Clark took over as Premier of British Columbia, she has convened the Legislature in Victoria so seldomly that it’s easy to forget about provincial politics altogether. With a federal election looming sometime in 2015, and the next B.C. election still more than two years…

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2015: A Farewell to Harper

Canadian Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq arrives in Lima, Peru this week for the annual United Nations climate talks. Under the Harper government, Canada has been a global embarrassment on this most urgent collective problem facing humanity. Each December for the past nine years, the Harper government has been singled out by activists and civil society…

Mayor Gregor Robertson and big money retains control of Vancouver. | Photo by Anne-Diandra Louarn

Big developers retain control of Vancouver’s City Hall

Peter Armstrong didn’t get everything he paid for in Vancouver’s municipal election. Armstrong, President of the Non-Partisan Association and founder of the Rocky Mountaineer, poured in $470,000 of corporate and personal money for the campaign to elect Kirk LaPointe and the NPA. LaPointe fell short of defeating Vision Vancouver’s Gregor Robertson, but the NPA took…