President Joe Biden just signed a bill that allows foreign flagged cruise ships to bypass a foreign port on their way to another US port. In english, this means that a cruise ship is no longer going to stop in Vancouver or Victoria on their way from Seattle to Alaska. This is meant as a … Continue reading Just when you thought the BC Liberals couldn’t sink any lower..
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
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
Look, there has to be a silver lining to the outbreak of a major pandemic in this modern age. I don't mean to make light or joke around at anyone's expense; there are real people who have died in this pandemic - made worse by the actions (or lack thereof) of powerful leaders. In watching … Continue reading Coronavirus and its silver lining
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
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
Looks like Andrew Wilkinson laid another rotten egg; this time in relation to fuel prices. Oh? When gas prices spiked to $1.70 (or higher) per litre a few months ago, it triggered the NDP to convene an inquiry to ascertain the reasons why BC's gas prices were so out of tune with the rest of … Continue reading The brilliance of the gas price inquiry