If you're just tuning in now, you may have been tempted to think the rising star of the conservatives will run to the rescue of beleaguered modest and middle income earners and save Canada from the elitist egg heads of the Liberal Party. There's a problem with that. Both Liberal and Conservative politicians serve the … Continue reading Class warfare politics again
The NDP is not going through some existential crisis, the political ground that's moving is on the right and far right; and this is not a playground the NDP should dabble in. Ever. Its worth reminding folks that Saint Jack Layton was a relative centrist in his overall philosophy; this is why he appealed to … Continue reading Everyone calm the fuck down
Trickle down economics has never worked. Ever. Yet it was tried again here in BC when the BC Liberals took office in 2001 with results that literally anyone could have predicted. Now a former Gordon Campbell cabinet minister reflects back on the times that were and thinks it wasn't good times. We could have told … Continue reading Repeat after me: “tax cuts do not pay for themselves”
By now, most Canadians have heard the story of the Victoria city councillor who put forward a motion to city hall to ask the Department of National Defence to help defray the policing costs of Remembrance Day and related events. This request originated from the city's police board as costs predictably increased. So far so … Continue reading Fair question, but poor timing, Ben.
Look, as a straight white guy, I shouldn't have anything to say about Pride Month, the rainbow flag or the many pride parades and related events happening in June. Except for this: human rights. Once you accept the fact that the state has no business interfering with the private affairs of consenting adults, it's an … Continue reading Happy pride month!
Everyone should be opposed to fascism. I saw on my TV the white supremacist "protests" at Charlottesville from a year ago and the news of the woman their movement murdered in protesting these neo-nazis, but today I learned that this woman and the uppity protesters she was part of are the real enemy. No seriously, … Continue reading Up is down and those protesting against the pending rise of a new fascism are the real enemy.
Whoops. Too late, they did. How did we end up here? The NDP government tried to assert their right as a provincial government to protect rivers, streams and our coastline. As it turns out, the environment wasn't considered in this judgement, only a jurisdiction issue. Which strikes me as odd, as the means the federal … Continue reading Andrew Wilkinson and his BC Liberals would be wise not to do a victory lap on the appeals court decision.
This wasn't a hard decision to be honest, but its a solid choice. Bob needs to be the next MP for Nanaimo-Ladysmith and I am happy to cast my vote for him. But now a word about some unsettling developments that I have learned in the recent past. I get that the other parties, candidates … Continue reading I’m voting for Bob Chamberlin, NDP
At stake are the regulations regarding large infrastructure projects in BC that the new NDP government has set in place. In a nutshell, the government is pursuing PLA's (or project labour agreements) which pre-establish union rates and guarantee no work stoppage on a project. They can be more expensive in one sense as pay rates … Continue reading Shady ‘labour’ group upset at fair representation for workers
A sad 'editorial' published by Vaughn Palmer today misses the mark and faces a legitimate fact check. The BC Liberals, desperate for an angle to attack the NDP have railed against the unusually high gas prices in BC, specifically in the lower mainland. They're doing this by attacking the BC carbon tax that they would … Continue reading Palmer’s advertorial for BC Liberal a sad display of using political talking points to draft “editorials”