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

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

Green party sneaks a change into their climate change agenda while nobody* noticed.

* Almost. The hint is #13 of their "Mission Possible" document. Before. After. The point is that in #13, the Green Party, as a government would compel changes that would both end subsidies to fossil fuels while simultaneously investing (taxpayer money) in new and expanded fossil fuel infrastructure in Canada. I may not be an … Continue reading Green party sneaks a change into their climate change agenda while nobody* noticed.

Everyone calm the fuck down

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

Repeat after me: “tax cuts do not pay for themselves”

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”

I’m not in a panic over teacher negotiations and neither should you

I'm not unfamiliar to contract talks between unions and their bosses, and I'm old enough to remember that most of the noise is the rhetorical hot air that both sides breathe in order to rally public opinion to each respective side. So with that being said, I'm pretty much ignoring the noise being made publicly … Continue reading I’m not in a panic over teacher negotiations and neither should you

Shady ‘labour’ group upset at fair representation for workers

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