The NDP government needs to act without delay, to amend BC's labour code to recognize gig economy workers who exist as "independent contractors" with employee-like labour rights as any waged worker has. As a guideline, California passed "AB-5" that does very much the same. To be sure, California law making and BC legislation exist within … Continue reading Gig workers are workers too and need labour code protections
I have no doubt this will lift the spirits of centrist liberals who prop up Justin Trudeau. But consider this. Barack Obama campaigned on hope and change in 2008, a generally Liberal agenda, he delivered a mostly incremental upgrade in domestic policy. Don't get me wrong, if I were American, I would have voted for … Continue reading Barack Obama endorses Justin’s re-election
If you're wondering why the abortion issue has sprung up in this election, it's because some folks have called out Elizabeth May and the Green Party’s ambiguity on abortion rights in Canada. Specifically, the Green Party prides itself on being “un-whipped” when it comes to it's potential MP’s in that the party caucus won’t force … Continue reading Charter rights are meant to be protected. Unanimously.
Read the story: here You're a party member that discovers that some voters are racist. Do you defend your leader against this intolerance? Or leave the party because you don't want to be identified with that turban wearing leader. Today we found out. The Greens, already stung by their party leader's gross misfire in the … Continue reading The Greens stunning coup in grabbing former provincial New Brunswick NDP candidates turns to a lemon.
Where do we begin. In a wide ranging interview, Elizabeth May ended up talking about SNC Lavalin and the appalling state of water quality in several First Nation's communities. She linked them. The major issue for SNC Lavalin is the pending legal trouble and the various corporate crimes they have been accused of. They had … Continue reading Elizabeth May’s SNC Lavalin idea is a clusterfuck
Not everyone wants to vote Liberal or Conservative. This has been traditional fertile ground for the NDP for those left of centre folks or provides an opening for right wing competition to the conservatives. And let's be honest. 3rd and 4th parties want a minority parliament because that gives them the opportunity to leverage their … Continue reading Strike two, Ms May
I get the antipathy towards fracking; its a drilling technique fraught with risks to carbon pollution; potential groundwater contamination and seismic activity. Its also the exclusive technique used to extract natural gas and shale oil. Now for the sake of this article, I'm not considering the environmental aspect of the Green's argument - because at … Continue reading The Greens are trying their hand at populism and its just as disingenuous as anything on the far right
But this may not play out as you imagine. It's not a big secret that Warren's leanings are clearly Liberal; whether he's a party member or not. He was an able war-room soldier for the Chrétien gov't and earned the grudging respect of even his opponents while he held the role. But let's look deeper. … Continue reading Green Party retains the services of astute insider, Warren Kinsella
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
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!