BC Election May 9 '17

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..awesome!!!

Young Climate Voters BC

Our Vision

We believe that climate change is a defining issue of our generation. It is woven into the social, environmental, and economic fabric of our society, and the actions of citizens and those who represent them must reflect this.

Climate action means more than carbon taxes and emission offsets. Young Climate Voters BC envisions a world where climate action means standing up for the rights and treaties of First Nations, creating a clean democracy, building a secure economy and shifting beyond a dependency on fossil fuels.

Indigenous Sovereignty

Indigenous Sovereignty is the actionable embodiment of the understanding that First Nations have unduly suffered under state oppression and are deserving of dignified self-governance. 95% of the land in British Columbia’s boundaries is unceded, meaning this land was never surrendered or relinquished by the hundreds of Indigenous groups who have lived here for centuries. We stand alongside First Nations in their fight for sovereignty and call on the government to implement the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, to respect Treaty rights and conduct relations on a government-to-government basis.

Clean Democracy

Democracy for all of us shouldn’t favor some of us. A clean democracy is one that is free from the suspicious pattern of enormous campaign contributions, which favour the corporate agenda. Elections are shaped by access to funds. Let’s set a limit on cash contributions, not to prohibit political engagement, but to level-out people’s influence no matter their bank balance.

Secure Economy

A secure economy means building a stable, fair, and green economy. This requires empowering people with the skills and tools necessary to engage in the 21st century economy by investing not only in emerging industries, but in education and job training. A secure economy is dependent on a diverse job market and an educated society. Together, by enabling people to learn and adapt and by incentivizing green business to invest in B.C., we can secure an economy that erodes the barriers to opportunity.

Beyond Fossil Fuels

British Columbia needs policy which not only treats the symptoms of today, but surmounts the challenges of tomorrow. By boldly steering our consumption away from dependencies on fossil fuels, our province can set a precedent of climate leadership for the rest of Canada. Strong policy is about more than short term profits and pipelines– it’s about our government’s responsibility to build a better tomorrow, today. It is easy to approve new infrastructure that’s built with old ideas–infrastructure like the Kinder Morgan pipeline, Pacific NorthWest LNG and Site C — but we can’t afford to settle for what is easy. In order to keep global warming below 2 degrees C, we must stop expanding fossil fuel production. It is necessary for British Columbia to immediately invest in the transition of our energy consumption to sustainable sources.  

 

NorthReport

More meaningless polls (still too early, give it a couple of weeks) but with a misleading headline like this it is hard to know that Horgan is even in the race and actually the most popular of the three, eh!

Andrew Weaver More Popular Than Christy Clark On Eve Of B.C. Election Campaign: Poll

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2017/04/10/andrew-weaver-christy-clark-poll...

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

The Liberals have abandoned the riding I live in it seems. They added my Village and two islands that are NDP areas to a strong NDP area. It gives them a better chance to try and win the rest of the Comox Valley.  Then they nominate this guy who is the epitome of what is wrong with this government's attitude towards the environment.

Darren DeLuca of Vancouver Island Guide Outfitters — a company that specializes in trophy hunts for wealthy foreigners — is running against NDP incumbent Scott Fraser.

DeLuca is a realtor and vice-president of the Guide Outfitters Association of B.C., an organization that last month received $60,000 from U.S.-based Safari Club International. The money was donated to help counter campaigns to end the widely unpopular grizzly trophy hunt.

DeLuca is a life member of Safari Club International, according to an auction website in which a trophy hunting trip with DeLuca and well-known U.S. military pilot Scott O'Grady sold for $30,000 US in 2014.

The B.C. Liberal Party is in favour of the grizzly trophy hunt, whereas the B.C. NDP has vowed to stop it.

The Guide Outfitters Association of B.C. made four separate contributions to the B.C. Liberal Party last year totalling $15,150.

There is no grizzly bear hunting on Vancouver Island, but Vancouver Island Guide Outfitters does sell trophy hunts of black bears, which is enough to put DeLuca on the radar of environmentalists.

http://vancouver.24hrs.ca/2017/04/10/bear-trophy-hunter-and-bc-liberal-c...

epaulo13 epaulo13's picture

..with video

What If We Acted as Though Homelessness Were a Real Emergency?

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‘Emergencies’ south of the border

But south of the border several cities have declared the extent of their homelessness a “state of emergency,” using the declaration to jumpstart long-planned projects, jog bureaucracies out of inertia, raise awareness, and shake loose funding for more beds, shelter and support for people living below the poverty line.

Since 2015, Seattle and its surrounding King County in Washington state, the cities of Eugene and Portland in Oregon, San Jose and Oakland in California, and the State of Hawaii, have all declared an official homelessness, housing, or shelter-related, “state of emergency.”

According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, a U.S. federation of public, private, and non-profit organizations, a state of emergency in American law “refers to a crisis or disaster” that allows the government to spend money more flexibly and to suspend normal procedures or regulations, such as bypassing zoning requirements.

In October 2015, Portland committed US$20 million, later topped up with an additional US$10 million from its regional government, for homeless services. At the same time it created a process to waive some zoning rules, such as parking and design requirements, to make it easier to open homeless shelters.

After the State of Hawaii declared its shelter emergency the same month, it built a US$250,000 temporary shelter for families. It also extended the terms of contracts for homeless services and increased funding by US$1.3 million for programs around permanent housing....

 

NorthReport

Driving to work in this BC Liberal riding this morning saw only one sign - a giant BC NDP one. 

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kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

This is a big issue for all the ridings on the coast. The Liberals on ferries promised a frequent rider discount card to start in 2020.  

BCNDP Releases BC Ferries Platform

The BC NDP announced today it will cut ferry fares by 15% on minor routes and reinstate free weekday travel for seniors. In addition, fares on major routes will be frozen. The free weekday seniors’ travel will apply on all routes.

https://clairetrevena.bcndp.ca/latest/bcndp-releases-bc-ferries-platform

NorthReport

NDP Platform Vows $3.5 Billion in New Investments, Like Cheap Childcare, Housing

Party would raise funds through higher taxes on corporations and wealthy.

https://thetyee.ca/News/2017/04/13/NDP-Platform/

NorthReport

Running on ‘Debt Free BC’ Slogan, Clark’s Liberals Added $10.85 Billion to Debt in Four Years

Still, party continues to claim high road on fiscal responsibility.

https://thetyee.ca/News/2017/04/13/Clark-Debt-Free-BC/

NorthReport

Government Has Missed Green Job Opportunity, Says Labour Leader

Smarter approach would bring better jobs, protect environment, says Green Jobs BC.

https://thetyee.ca/News/2017/04/13/BC-Government-Missed-Green-Jobs-Oppor...

NorthReport

Why This Election Should Be About Corruption

When 76 per cent of citizens believe government is bought and paid for, it’s time for change.

https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2017/04/13/BC-Election-Should-Be-About-Corrup...

NorthReport

117 BC Liberal Falsehoods, Boondoggles and Scandals: The Complete List

The Tyee’s updated tally of 15 years of public messes, sourced and explained.

https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2017/04/10/BC-Liberal-Falsehoods-Scandals-Who...

NorthReport

Is the UBC election stock market asleep at the switch?

Ken Burch Ken Burch's picture

So, North...are you AGAINST the BC Libs now?

NorthReport

 

Smarting Liberals try to discredit NDP spending plans

 

When the New Democrats one-upped the B.C. Liberals by announcing they would phase out bridge tolls this week,  the governing party responded with a predictable “how are you going to pay for that?”

Never mind that the Liberals, through 16 years in office, routinely tapped contingency funds and other discretionary sources to pay for their schemes, half-baked and otherwise.

The Liberals were stung by the New Democrats having upstaging news coverage for their own promise of $30 million worth of relief for commuters in the form of a $500 cap on annual tolling payments.

If the New Democrats were going to eliminate a $200-million-a-year source of revenue for the Port Mann and Golden Ears Bridges, they need to provide a full accounting immediately.

Turned out NDP Leader John Horgan and crew were happy to oblige. And the answer, when it came with the release of the party election platform on Thursday, was diabolically clever.

http://vancouversun.com/opinion/columnists/vaughn-palmer-smarting-libera...

NorthReport

Right now the BC NDP is favoured to win 11 seats more than the BC Liberals and a majority government

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/bc-2017-poll-tracker-1.40...

Left Turn Left Turn's picture

I'm taking the current polling with a large degree of skeptecism. For starters, the polling was completely wrong in the 2013 election. Next, I'm not convinced that the Green vote will hold at it's current percentage, and that the Liberals won't be able to pick up a sizable portion of these voters on election day.

Then there's the fact that the election will most likely be decided in the final week by those voters who have paid the least attention. These less informed voters in all probability are also the types of people who refuse to participate in political polling, They're also the types of people people who are much more easily supceptible to being conned into voting BC Liberal.

Also, I don't see how the NDP can win if the BC Liberals win every seat in the interior again, and I've yet to see any evidence that that this will change this time around. The NDP could technically win without seats in the interior, but this would require the NDP to win seats in areas of Metro Vancouver that have never voted NDP before.

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

Imagine if the No STV campaign had not been effective in spreading fear of the unknown.  We would be discussing who might be a junior partner in someones minority government. Instead we get to play lets elect a dictator for four years yet again. 

NorthReport

Latest BC Liberal ad shows a rural scene but Houston we have a problem as the area shown is a lake and forest in Alberta WTF

Ken Burch Ken Burch's picture

Well, it is the BC Lib dream to effectively make the province part of Greater Wildroseslavia.

Stockholm

Left Turn wrote:

I'm taking the current polling with a large degree of skeptecism. For starters, the polling was completely wrong in the 2013 election. Next, I'm not convinced that the Green vote will hold at it's current percentage, and that the Liberals won't be able to pick up a sizable portion of these voters on election day.

Then there's the fact that the election will most likely be decided in the final week by those voters who have paid the least attention. These less informed voters in all probability are also the types of people who refuse to participate in political polling, They're also the types of people people who are much more easily supceptible to being conned into voting BC Liberal.

Also, I don't see how the NDP can win if the BC Liberals win every seat in the interior again, and I've yet to see any evidence that that this will change this time around. The NDP could technically win without seats in the interior, but this would require the NDP to win seats in areas of Metro Vancouver that have never voted NDP before.

 

since when does the BC NDP have no seats in the interior? They won three seats in the Kootenays in 2013 by wide margins and are heavily favored to win them again. They also won three seats in the north west... this time I expect them to hold those pretty easily and to have a good shot at at least one of the Kamloops seats plus Penticton and Boundary-Similkameen where they lost narrowly last time...Horgan will be vastly more appealing to voters in the interior than Dix was.

 

i also don't get this theory than as the Green vote drops it will help the Liberals. Polls indicate that over 90% of green voters think it's "time for a change", over 80% disapprove of Christy Clark and when asked about their second choice it's typically NDP over Liberals by a 4 to 1 margin.

NorthReport
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Clark’s uninspiring battle plan reminiscent of Harper’s

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/clarks-uninspiring-...

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

NorthReport wrote:

Latest BC Liberal ad shows a rural scene but Houston we have a problem as the area shown is a lake and forest in Alberta WTF

They have hired a lot of Conservative campaign people. Maybe this is the same person who put an Atlantic salmon, a symbol of fish farms on this coast, on a campaign ad for enhancing Pacific fisheries. 

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NorthReport

Vaughn Palmer: Premier smooches pooch, but can't kiss off health scandal

http://vancouversun.com/opinion/columnists/vaughn-palmer-premier-smooche...

epaulo13 epaulo13's picture

Kinder Morgan Pipeline looms large in B.C. election

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George Heyman, the NDP’s environment critic, said on Wednesday a New Democrat government would use every legal tool at its disposal to toss a wrench in the works. But he acknowledged there is no guarantee the province would be able to kill the project at this stage, now that Ottawa has given the project a green light.

“I can’t promise a result, I will promise we will do everything we can,” Mr. Heyman said in an interview. If the NDP form government on May 9, he said the first call that a premier-elect John Horgan would make would be to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, to inform Ottawa that B.C. does not consent to the pipeline construction.

That would create tension between B.C. and Ottawa, but it would also strain relations with Alberta’s NDP government as well.

Although NDP staff frequently help out in campaigns in other provinces, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has told her staff they cannot work for her and also help Mr. Horgan’s team because of their irreconcilable differences over the pipeline. The Alberta government has vowed to get Alberta oil to tidewater, and it has promised to seek intervenor status on any legal challenges to the Trans Mountain expansion project. That could, if the NDP win in B.C., pit the two governments against each other in court.

NorthReport

Really! So George speaks for John Horgan now?

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

NorthReport wrote:

Really! So George speaks for John Horgan now?

I think  that is why he is called the Environment critic so he can comment and talk in depth about environmental issues. I doubt if he made up the line that Horgan would be on the phone to Trudeau immediately. Sounds like a prepared message for a good soundbite.

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

In the meantime in the Greens opening rally that was attended by party faithful from all over the Island one of their candidates appropriated MLK's last speech to an appreciative white audience.  Oops he had to apologise the next day because although no one in the room was particularily concerned or shocked it was shocking to alot of people in the general public. 

Weaver then lies in defence of his candidate. He makes the absurd claim that this routine was a spontaneous thing brought on by the asshole "being inspired by the audience."  Clearly anyone watching the whole bit can see it was rehearsed beforehand.  

https://www.cheknews.ca/green-party-candidate-blunder-first-controversy-...

https://www.vice.com/en_ca/article/watch-a-white-bc-politician-give-a-sp...

NorthReport

Just not quite sure ending job opportunities for BCers is what Horgan wants to do on his first phone call on his first day in office.

epaulo13 epaulo13's picture

..your "job opportunities" are loaded with destructive elements which you don't ever address.

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

NorthReport wrote:

Just not quite sure ending job opportunities for BCers is what Horgan wants to do on his first phone call on his first day in office.

Back to the Liberal talking points about one of the pivotal issues in the campaign. Lots of jobs in the NDP platform that unlike the Liberals do not require them to build projects for foreign multi-nationals that the local public and many FN's don't want.

 

Left Turn Left Turn's picture

Stockholm wrote:
since when does the BC NDP have no seats in the interior? They won three seats in the Kootenays in 2013 by wide margins and are heavily favored to win them again. They also won three seats in the north west...

My bad. I was sure that the results maps I'd seen following the 2013 election had showed a solid wall of red down the right hand side of the province.

I was aware that the NDP had won three ridings in the northwest of the province. Two of these are however "coastal" ridings. The third one I mistakenly thught was coastal, turns out it borders Alaska rather than the coast.

By "interior ridings" I mean mainland ridings that are outside Metro Vancouver and don't have a coastline.

Stockholm wrote:
this time I expect them to hold those pretty easily and to have a good shot at at least one of the Kamloops seats plus Penticton and Boundary-Similkameen where they lost narrowly last time...Horgan will be vastly more appealing to voters in the interior than Dix was.

You might be right. I think I was swayed by North Report into believing that voters in the interior rejected the NDP in 2013 not because of Dix, but because they wanted to vote FOR the Kinder-Morgan pipeline and the promised LNG bonanza.

Stockholm wrote:
i also don't get this theory than as the Green vote drops it will help the Liberals. Polls indicate that over 90% of green voters think it's "time for a change", over 80% disapprove of Christy Clark and when asked about their second choice it's typically NDP over Liberals by a 4 to 1 margin.

I'm basing this on the number of elections, both federal and provincial, in which the Green Party's vote on election day wound up being half or less of what they were polling at the outset of the campaign.

I think there will be a deluge of of Pro-Liberal and anti-NDP advertising that will mostly hit in the home stretch of the campaign, and that this will swing some voters back to the Liberals, whether that be Greens, soft NDPers, or undecideds.

This election is NOT a level playing field, and this will affect the outcome.

Unionist
NorthReport

BTW Suzuki has not said he is voting for the BC Greens and he will probably remain neutral as usual

B.C. Green candidate Mark Neufeld apologizes for 'Mountaintop' campaign speech

http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/b-c-green-candidate-mark-neufeld...

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

It applies even more so to paid staff so it is a very good thing for the BC NDP.   It lost many of its backroom operators when Notley got elected. My wife and I were speculating yesterday that the exodus of many of those people from the little empires they had built in the BC NDP might explain the far better campaign this time. 

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Mike Smyth: Horgan has strong first week despite family health crisis

http://theprovince.com/opinion/columnists/mike-smyth-horgan-has-strong-f...

Basement Dweller

Weaver should have booted Neufeld as a candidate. A lot of disordered thinking went into that weird act on the stage. Not fit for public office. Now Neufeld is trying to turn this around on Facebook with a bunch of pandering bullshit.

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

Basement Dweller wrote:

Weaver should have booted Neufeld as a candidate. A lot of disordered thinking went into that weird act on the stage. Not fit for public office. Now Neufeld is trying to turn this around on Facebook with a bunch of pandering bullshit.

This was a staged event, its not like he went rogue. As well no one in the packed hall seemed to object or even be gobsmacked. Hard to kick someone out of a party when they are fairly representative of the membership.  The old adage conservatives with composters is close to the mark. 

Basement Dweller

kropotkin1951 wrote:

This was a staged event, its not like he went rogue. As well no one in the packed hall seemed to object or even be gobsmacked. Hard to kick someone out of a party when they are fairly representative of the membership.  The old adage conservatives with composters is close to the mark. 

To be perfectly honest, I've been to political rallies and barely paid attention to what was being said. The noise, the crowd, and all the distractions. I'm kind of hoping some people there were gobsmacked but just couldn't be heard, or realized what he did after the fact.

But I can't get past all the people going on his FB page and almost treating him like a hero now. Showing him all the empathy he lacked when he gave that offensive speech. He's talking about his privilege but using it at the same time to be forgiven too easily...because he is privileged...so very, very privileged. I hope he gets trounced on election day.

Mighty Middle

How long before John Hogan starts courting Green voters, telling them that voting Green only elects Liberals? Therefore they cannot vote Green in this election if they want to defeat the BC Liberals.

Basement Dweller

I think the situation is more complicated than a simple matter of the NDP and Greens dividing a common constituency. I know pollsters say the Greens are more likely to be the second choice of NDP voters and vice versa, but I think there is a growing number of normally Liberal voters (who hate the NDP) who might vote Green this time. The NDP has to be careful campaigning against the Greens.

Mighty Middle wrote:

How long before John Hogan starts courting Green voters, telling them that voting Green only elects Liberals? Therefore they cannot vote Green in this election if they want to defeat the BC Liberals.

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

The Greens could be a presence on Vancouver Island this time especially if people who have voted Liberal in the past can't stand the smell long enough to vote for them again. Those people will either go to the Greens or the Cons since most of the BC Liberal base are diehard anyone but the NDP partisans. I live in a riding that might have the Green candidate come in second if the Liberal to Green switch happens. In other Island ridings a Green surge at the expense of the NDP could inadvertently elect Liberals if their vote holds, as it has for the last four elections. 

I like this campaign way more than in 2013. By this time in 2013 I was wondering what idiots were running the NDP campaign. I also don't think there will be any deer in the headlights moment in the debate. Horgan is not Dix and will not cave under pressure. 

Did I mention that the three main issues in BC politics this election are corruption, corruption and corruption. 

Basement Dweller

Christy Clark has already made at least two more big mistakes:

1) Reminding everyone of her LNG failure.

2) Offending Christians with her Easter tweet. (oops just realized it was from 2015. Oh well, it was nicely brought up again)

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