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Monthly Archive for March, 2012

The resignation of John Van Dongen from the Liberal caucus to become an instant one-man Conservative caucus has, for me at any rate, put the focus on John Cummins. Let’s look at Mr Cummins’ record and positions. Mr. Cummins’ claim to fame is his integrity – his record of standing up for BC and his […]

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The momentum against the Harper government removing “habitat” from the Fisheries Act is growing rapidly – with 625 scientists having signed onto a letter to Stephen Harper urging him to kill the plan. Even former Fisheries Minister Tom Siddon, the prodigal son who was part of the Federal government’s tawdry deal with Alcan, has joined […]

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It’s wondrous to behold! So many have seen religion at the same time! Vaughn Palmer of the Postmedia Sun has finally got religion and is openly questioning the Liberal government’s position on the use of Telus resources to help build the new roof on BC Place Stadium! One looks in vain to see any criticism […]

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Put Power Back in MLA Hands

Under a premier’s iron fist, our representatives quiver. Here’s the fix. I’m going to vouchsafe unto you the secret of radically improving government. On Dec. 11, 1975, I was elected MLA for the then-single riding of Kamloops, on the Socred ticket under Bill Bennett. During my time as a minister, I had the extraordinary good […]

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It’s time to fish or cut bait, Premier Clark! Our esteemed contributor Otto Langer blew it wide open when he, using a leaked document, stated that under the Harper government the protection of fish habitat would no longer be enforced against industry and that it would use an “omnibus bill” to try to sneak it […]

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Here, ladies and gentlemen, are your Conservative MPs and their contacts: Edward Fast – Abbotsford ed@edfast.ca Dick Harris – Cariboo – Prince George Harris.R@parl.gc.ca Mark Strahl – Chilliwack – Fraser Canyon mark.strahl@parl.gc.ca Kerry Lynne Findlay – Delta – Richmond East MP Kerry-Lynne.Findlay@parl.gc.ca Nina Grewal – Fleetwood – Port Kells Grewal.N@parl.gc.ca Cathy McLeod – Kamloops – […]

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These opening words from Gwen Barlee of the Wilderness Committee which cry out (in my mind at any rate for I don’t speak for the W.C. which certainly doesn’t need my help) for the highest manifestation of protest including civil disobedience: Tucked away in the wild of northern Vancouver Island, the Kokish River is a […]

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Rafe Mair pulls no punches in this, the second of a two-part interview with BC NDP Leader Adrian Dix – grilling the potential future premier of BC on Liquid Natural Gas, fracking, the proposed Enbridge pipeline and salmon farms. Will the NDP stand up to Harper over Enbridge and open net pen aquaculture? Why do […]

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Why So Afraid, Board of Trade?

Driven by one irrational fear, business leaders ignore host of financial pratfalls by Campbell/Clark. The emperor has no clothes, nor has the empress for that matter. As I read about the fawning receptions by the Vancouver Board of Trade for former premier Gordon Campbell and the present premier, I found it nauseating and bewildering — […]

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The Premier and the Prime Minister are playing very dangerous games indeed. Prime Minister Harper is acting as though the Enbridge pipeline is a done deal – indeed he’s telling anyone he meets that very thing. The PM, never much for public opinion at the best of times, cannot see any possible way the general […]

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