CGL Pipeline debacle is a progressive values test.

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.

BC Liberals mishandling of ICBC is reminiscent of their failure on the real estate file

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

Gig workers are workers too and need labour code protections

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

Ironically, adding an extra “EHT” fee to restaurant guest checks doesn’t produce pushback

Story: https://globalnews.ca/news/6428076/employer-health-tax-victoria-diner-fee/amp/?__twitter_impression=true So the restaurant operator is adding an additional 1% to guest checks to offset the new employer health tax brought in by the NDP for 2020. In the article, patrons don't seem upset to pay this fee, the operator says that he's not profiting from it either. Lesson: folks don't mind paying taxes … Continue reading Ironically, adding an extra “EHT” fee to restaurant guest checks doesn’t produce pushback

Barack Obama endorses Justin’s re-election

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

BC Liberals find new ways to look pathetic over ride hailing

The BCUC approved the ICBC proposal on a basic insurance product for ride hailing corporations ahead of the anticipated September 16 legalization date. The BC Liberals found a way to complain about it. The angle? The product is too cheap and other drivers will have to subsidize ride hailing corporations as a result. This is … Continue reading BC Liberals find new ways to look pathetic over ride hailing

Elizabeth May’s SNC Lavalin idea is a clusterfuck

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

Strike two, Ms May

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

The Greens are trying their hand at populism and its just as disingenuous as anything on the far right

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