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by Harvey Oberfeld on Tuesday Mar 29 2011

Apppointed (not elected) Premier Christy Clark promised “change”. And as part of her honeymoon period in the public eye, the media has treaded rather softly in scrutinizing her early days in office.

She announced a raise in the minimum wage to be staged over time, but nevertheless welcomed by most British Columbians. Many were embarrassed by this rich province, with some of the highest...

by Harvey Oberfeld on Thursday Mar 24 2011

So what do we do now? We’re about to have an election almost no one wants; that likely won’t change the political balance of power; and, despite the rhetoric, probably won’t actually result in substantial policy changes.  And for this non-altering experience taxpayers will shell out $300 million!

Sigh...

I am not a dedicated partisan. Over my life, I have voted for all three major...

by Laila Yuile on Wednesday Mar 16 2011

Never would you find a more fitting quotation to apply to our newly unelected premier’s cabinet appointments.

Just because everything is different, doesn’t mean anything has actually changed. I, like many others, watched the live feed of yesterday’s undemocratic proceedings, and I say undemocratic because in this rare instance, democracy has not yet reared her lovely head.

There is...

by Contributor on Wednesday Mar 16 2011

During the leadership race, Christy Clark committed to a smaller cabinet and to redefining and empowering the role of MLA. Appointing a smaller cabinet gave the appearance of follow through. The addition of 10 parliamentary secretaries means 56% of the Liberal caucus has appointments.

 

“Christy Clark is continuing the trend of using perks to retain party loyalty, to placate those...

by Contributor on Tuesday Mar 15 2011

The First Nation Summit today congratulated Premier Christy Clark on her appointment and swearing in of her cabinet, and welcomed the appointment of Mary Polak as the new Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation. 

Premier Clark’s recognition of the importance of strengthening relationships and creating shared economic opportunities for BC’s First Nations was welcome news for BC’...

by Harvey Oberfeld on Wednesday Mar 09 2011

Who’s advising the NDP? Vladimir Putin?

It is amazing: just as more and more centre of the road uncommitted voters are thinking positively of the party as an alternative to the Liberals, the NDP moves to scare them away.

Comrade Big Brother wants to know your social network passwords.

Sure, right now, it’s only the passwords of those running for its leadership that party...

by Post Media News on Sunday Feb 27 2011

By Paul Bucci

Liberal leadership contender Christy Clark will become British Columbia's next premier after winning the party's top political job. Clark thanked all of her supporters in a gleeful victory speech.

"We all have great reason to be proud," she said.

Clark used the speech to reach out directly to voters.

"I want you to be my partners in change in...

by Harvey Oberfeld on Sunday Feb 27 2011

There’s a really BIG difference between being an aspiring politician and being an elected one; and there’s a huge difference between being an aspiring premier and holding the office, especially when not elected to the post by the people. The people must therefore depend more than ever on the media to speak our concerns, raise our questions and canvass our issues.

And there is no...

by Laila Yuile on Saturday Feb 26 2011

  From the Fraser Surrey Docks press release:

Fraser Surrey Docks was a fitting background for the official launch of the South Fraser Perimeter Road (SFPR)project on Monday, January 12th 2009, which was attended by Prime Minister...

by Harvey Oberfeld on Friday Feb 25 2011

The release of the preliminary contributors list for BC Liberal leadership candidates makes for an interesting read, but the most intriguing part goes well beyond the totals.

 

Naturally, most of the media highlighted who has so far taken in the most: Kevin Flacon $708,000;  Christy Clark  $519,000;  George Abbott  $427,000;  and, Mike De Jong  $266,000.

But I find something...

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