So an NDP Premier was re-elected. That's a first. Taking a precarious minority to a substantial majority is major news too. But nobody should be surprised by this. The NDP led a campaign that was disciplined and focused while their opposition flailed about. It turns out that the 'steady as she goes' narrative is what … Continue reading Epilogue for BC Election 2020
Not good enough? Here's today's Insights West poll - done scientifically - that underlines that John Horgan won the leaders debate. Not only has he won the debate, the NDP is winning the argument. That's all. Go vote! my2bits
Today at the campaign event where the BC Liberals pledged to resurrect the Massey Bridge project, they also mentioned they would abolish 'community benefit agreements'. Those are by definition a 'project labour agreement' that typically involved a group unions and has terms that outline apprenticeships and training for those working on major infrastructure projects. CBA's … Continue reading BC Liberals threaten skilled trades. Again.
Expect the BC Liberals to demonize the NDP over the Massey 'tunnel' replacement, but remember how morally repugnant that party is and the politics they played beforehand. Every word spoken by them must be taken with several grains of salt. Its true that politicians play a blacktop politics game; as in 'vote for me and … Continue reading BC Liberals are no bridge builders
I've noticed something. BC Liberal partisans are simultaneously trying to scare voters that this election isn't necessary because its dangerous to vote while downplaying the pandemic to argue that the election isn't necessary. Why would they do that? BC Liberals don't want an election because they're afraid to face voters. Voters will see a party … Continue reading BC Liberals afraid to face voters
Once you get over the relatively early election call, you'll come to the same conclusion. Its about choices. Revert back to the party and leadership brand that hurt BC's most vulnerable, destroyed the BC forest industry, bled the life out of BC Hydro and ICBC for political gain, and attacked educators and healthcare workers in … Continue reading Voting now isn’t ideal, but waiting is worse.
It was inevitable that the BC Greens, mid leadership contest, would turn against themselves and what they signed up for by agreeing to the CASA deal that ousted the 16 year BC Liberal government in 2017. Where we're at is watching the Greens pick apart SiteC, the northern dam being constructed along the Peace River; … Continue reading Green leadership campaign brings out the odd
The trouble with the CGL pipeline is that you can make a compelling progressive argument either side of the proposal. Something that nobody anticipated. To be sure, there are many complex layers in this debate, but the fact that its happening in live-time has brought out unprecedented protests across the country; blockading railways, harbours, marine … Continue reading CGL Pipeline debacle is a progressive values test.
They were expecting to be re-elected and have time to extinguish the fire they started To listen to the BC Liberals talk, everything was going swimmingly when they handed over the keys to power in 2017. But as it turns out like everything, the truth was a lot different than the rhetoric. The BC Liberals … Continue reading BC Liberals mishandling of ICBC is reminiscent of their failure on the real estate file
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