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The Duel: Alberta NDP will hurt premier

It’s early days yet, but a successful NDP government in Alberta will show British Columbians their fear of the NDP is unwarranted - and that could spell bad news for the BC Liberals in 2017.

http://vancouver.24hrs.ca/2015/05/10/the-duel-alberta-ndp-will-hurt-premier

Left Turn Left Turn's picture

I think it's too early to determine what impact the Alberta NDP government will have on the 2017 BC election.

NorthReport

The way Alberta was perceived outside of Alberta will now create opportunities for the NDP right across Canada like never before. Voters will be thinking my goodness if the right-wing Albertans can handle a NDP government then what can be so frightening about NDP governents in Canada or in their respective provinces. 

 

bekayne

NorthReport wrote:

The way Alberta was perceived outside of Alberta will now create opportunities for the NDP right across Canada like never before. Voters will be thinking my goodness if the right-wing Albertans can handle a NDP government then what can be so frightening about NDP governents in Canada or in their respective provinces. 

 

Five provinces and the Yukon have plenty of experience with NDP governments. They don't need to live vicariously through Alberta.

Left Turn Left Turn's picture

NorthReport wrote:
The way Alberta was perceived outside of Alberta will now create opportunities for the NDP right across Canada like never before. Voters will be thinking my goodness if the right-wing Albertans can handle a NDP government then what can be so frightening about NDP governents in Canada or in their respective provinces.

I think there will be other factors at play in the 2017 BC election besides just this.

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

If you want a BC NDP victory next time then send money to the BC Conservatives.  The BC NDP has only won when it faced a divided right.  But that is true for almost every time the NDP has won in this country. Unfortunately it is highly unlikely that Rachel will face a divided right wing in her next election.

The BC NDP is a tightly controlled non-democratic party that refuses to let any new blood into its ruling cabal that is not subservient to the party elite.  Until that changes the right wing attacks on the party will resonate with too many voters. 

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

To put it into persepective. Dave Barrett won in 1972 with 448,260 votes and then lost in 1975 with 505,396.  In 1972 running against the Cons, Libs and Socreds they won 38 out of 55 seats.  In 1975 with more people voting for them than in 1972 they only won 18 out of 55 because the money dissappeared from the Cons and LIbs and the right wing vote all went back to the Socreds.

If you listen to the right wing media you would think that the Barrett goverment lost supporters because of their radical politics but in fact those politics got them more voters but not a majority.

If the BC NDP and BC Fed had not actively opposed the second referndum on STV we would not have Christy Clark as Premier.  Of course the central office cabal thought they would win the next election and get a phoney majority and that was what they were playing at. In doing so they fucked us all.

Orangutan

kropotkin1951 wrote:

Unfortunately it is highly unlikely that Rachel will face a divided right wing in her next election.

I strongly don't think that will happen, at least not for the next decade.  The PCs got 28% of the vote and the Wildrose 24% to the NDP 40%.  They only need small up ticks in support to win, while the NDP growth potential will hit a cap (if it hasn't already).  The right-wing is much stronger here than in any other province.  There is no need to "unite the right" - Conservative Albertans would be smart to keep two Conservative parties unless they want to repeat the increasing corruption that has come with the Conservative dynasties of the PCs and Social Credit in power for decades.

I agree with you on BC largely.  The absence of a Conservative party in BC only helps the BC Liberals (in name only).  

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

Who knows the Alberta Cons may do what the Sask Cons did and just fold the party on the orders of their corporate masters. At minimum the money for one of the two parties is going to dry up.

The first thing the Alberta NDP needs to do is change the election finanacing laws and actively promote PR and then have a democratic 50% + 1 referendum during the next general election. 

The BC NDP central cabal opposed PR and didn't chage the election financing rules and we are paying with a permanent neo-con government.

Jacob Two-Two

BC might be the one place where the Alberta upset won't have any effect. People here aren't scared of voting NDP, as the polls showed last election before the bottom fell out. The party is just timid and confused and keeps blowing their advantage in each election.

Notley ran such an excellent campaign that it overcame the wariness of Alberta voters to support the NDP. In BC, they've run such poor campaigns that it overcame the wariness of voters to re-elect the BCLiberals.

BC is the one place in Canada where the public perception of the party as an option actually runs ahead of their abilities. They don't need a PR boost. They need to get their shit together.

NorthReport

BC NDP had better pray no LNGs proceed for if they do, the BC NDP may as well fold up shop.

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

The Tyee had a piece about the differences between the BC NDP and the Alberta NDP.  One of the factoids thrown in is something to remember. Since 1941 the NDP/CCF has been either the official oppostion or the government. 

Send money to the BC Conservatives not the BC NDP since what they really need is a second right wing party running. That was the case in all three of its wins in the last 60+ years since becoming official oppostion.

NorthReport

All the more reason the BC NDP should have been behind PR from the get go!

NorthReport

It's difficult to overstate what a pile of right-wing foaming at the mouth nonsense this is and which passes for journalism in Canada today.

B.C.’s Teachers’ Federation would do well to raise the white flag

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/bcs-teachers-federa...

 

NorthReport

Just another right-wing trash talker!

Is the Orange Tsunami headed west?

http://www.sookenewsmirror.com/opinion/303482641.html

NorthReport

Weaver's just grandstanding again - why doesn't he focus on Victoria's sewage which is in his own back yard and a blight on our country.

Strange that Viictoria's harbour is a pig sty because of its untreated sewage and that is where the Greens are concentrated. What does that tell you?

Oh and by-the-way this has been NDP policy for years so Weaver's quite late coming to the party which is not going to happen with the BC Liberals in power.

http://www.nationalobserver.com/2015/05/14/news/mla-wants-bc-tear-pact-g...

 

 

NorthReport

Korean Steel Giant Pitching BC Mine Caught in Criminal Probe

Who's vetting the foreign companies, critics ask.

 

http://thetyee.ca/News/2015/05/15/Korean-Steel-Giant-BC-Mine/

NorthReport

Ssssss… BC's Economy Is Leaking Jobs

Checking in on our deflating market, punctured by Christy Clark's big plan.

 

http://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2015/05/27/Economy-Leaking-Jobs/

NorthReport

Press Pass: Clark ready for her surveillance closeup

The Opposition ran some electronic countermeasures on Premier Christy Clark recently, but didn’t turn up much. She was on her feet speaking during question period and holding a sheaf of notes in her hand. The Opposition obtained the video feed of the appearance, got a screen grab of the notes, and enlarged the picture.

Lo and behold, the grainy image of the front page of the document was headed “NDP Counter Attack.” It had some handy references to things like “Horgan’s favourites” (Opposition leader John Horgan’s end-of-year listing of his five best MLAs has been an endless source of amusement for the government), and “NDP on balanced budgets.”

Those topics are familiar themes for all cabinet ministers during question period, which suggests everyone has the same cheat sheet.

http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/press-pass-clark-ready-for-her-s...

NorthReport

You're doing one hell of a job Christy!   Frown

Emails relating to B.C.'s Highway of Tears allegedly deleted

'Whatever it takes to win,' Liberal staffer allegedly said after deleting emails in FOI request

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/emails-relating-to-b-c-s-...

NorthReport

The press write about this shit as if it is news, as if nobody had a clue this was going on. Who do the press think they are kidding - all the media does is provide cover for the right-wing policies of most governments in Canada.

Ex-employee says it’s routine for B.C. government to destroy emails

http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/ex-employee-says-it-s-routine-fo...

NorthReport

No provincial debt

No provincial sales tax

100$ billion, yes that's 100 billion, prosperity fund

And was it 1,000,000 good-paying jobs

Christy is a great campaigner I'll give her credit for that. The problem is Clark is always in campaign mode.

Administrator not so much.

Clark has got to be one of the biggest flakes as a premier Canada has ever seen.

http://globalnews.ca/news/2023081/lng-101-where-the-lng-industry-current...

 

 

NorthReport

Of course this is just the tip of the iceberg as remember these are right-wing Liberals and Conservatives.

Freedom of information laws a poor match for secretive governments, advocates sayAdvocates say lengthy delays, obfuscation and retroactive laws are defeating transparency

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/freedom-of-information-la...

 

NorthReport

Right-wing economic solutions don't work. Whatever.

Are Christy Clark and Mike de Jong practising depression economics?

http://www.straight.com/news/461351/are-christy-clark-and-mike-de-jong-p...

NorthReport

Vancouver seniors cry out for help as home care aide hours cut 

MLA Jenny Kwan says people are calling her for help; health authority says it’s following the rules

http://www.vancouversun.com/health/Vancouver+seniors+help+home+care+aide...

NorthReport

Here's how we will lose our health care system.

B.C. calls on private surgery centres to clear up wait lists

http://www.vancouversun.com/news/metro/calls+private+surgery+centres+cle...

 

NorthReport

In BC, a Million-ish Jobs... Someday, Maybe

BC Liberals promised million job openings by 2020, then 2022, now 2025.

 

http://thetyee.ca/News/2015/12/11/BC-Liberals-Promised-Jobs/

quizzical

wow our MLA Shirley Bond....she knows how to work her constituents.

NorthReport

In the middle of the by-election campaigns Christy Clark announces all students in BC in grades 6 to 9 will be taught coding. Brilliant!

The right wing sure know how to win whereas the left doesn't even know how to spell let alone pronounce the word "WIN"

quizzical

and you think people are caring about this? why?

 

quizzical

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B.C. Liberals lose a pair of by-elections to NDP

NDP candidate Jodie Wickens, executive director of the Autism Support Network, captured the previously Liberal-held seat of Coquitlam-Burke Mountain, taking about 46 per cent of the vote to 38 per cent for Liberal candidate Joan Isaacs.

Ms. Wickens called the by-election and its outcome a “starting point” for the 2017 election. “It’s a taste test for what the general population is looking for. They have spoken and we need to honour that.”

In Vancouver-Mount Pleasant, an NDP stronghold vacated when former long-time NDP MLA Jenny Kwan decided to enter federal politics, Melanie Mark became the first aboriginal woman to be elected to the legislative assembly with an easy victory over Liberal Gavin Dew. She won with 61 per cent of the vote or 5,353 votes to 994 or 11.3 per cent for Mr. Dew.

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

The CBC local news in BC this morning did not think the by elections were even worth mentioning. State media through and through.

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“My name is Melanie Mark and I am a proud Niska woman. I am so proud to be Nisga'a, Gitxsan, Cree, Ojibwe, French, and Scottish,” she announced in her victory speech. 

“And to now add to my identity, I am so proud to be your member of the legislative assembly."

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/bc-liberals-lose-a-...

monty1

It's a strange situation in B.C. with those Socreds who call themselves Liberals. They have learned our politics and learned how to change their stripes quickly and often in order to have a broader appeal to the voters. 

While the NDP doesn't seem to have the methods to fight back effectively against what they are doing. What the termed the Fast Ferry Fiasco, destroyed the NDP when it shouldn't have. Most of the bad features of theose ferries was made up by the Socreds. And then they sold them off for pennies on the dollar to make it look even worse. The Socreds should have taken the blame for the waste.

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

I love this entrance into BC politics.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rz2rpLs9cgM

epaulo13 epaulo13's picture

..i love it also! txs krop.

bekayne

quizzical wrote:

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B.C. Liberals lose a pair of by-elections to NDP

NDP candidate Jodie Wickens, executive director of the Autism Support Network, captured the previously Liberal-held seat of Coquitlam-Burke Mountain, taking about 46 per cent of the vote to 38 per cent for Liberal candidate Joan Isaacs.

Ms. Wickens called the by-election and its outcome a “starting point” for the 2017 election. “It’s a taste test for what the general population is looking for. They have spoken and we need to honour that.”

In Vancouver-Mount Pleasant, an NDP stronghold vacated when former long-time NDP MLA Jenny Kwan decided to enter federal politics, Melanie Mark became the first aboriginal woman to be elected to the legislative assembly with an easy victory over Liberal Gavin Dew. She won with 61 per cent of the vote or 5,353 votes to 994 or 11.3 per cent for Mr. Dew.

Besides Ms. Wickens and Ms. Isaacs, the other candidate in Coquitlam-Burke Mountain was Joe Keithley, former frontman for the Vancouver punk band DOA now working as a record-company executive. Mr. Keithley won 13.8 per cent of the vote or 1,061 votes.

...The other candidate in this by-election in Vancouver-Mount Pleasant was social advocate Pete Fry – the son of Liberal MP Hedy Fry – running for the BC Green Party. The Greens won 26 per cent of the vote, ranking second to the NDP.

NorthReport

Wonderful!

kropotkin1951 wrote:

I love this entrance into BC politics.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rz2rpLs9cgM

NorthReport

BC Liberals are up to their old tricks supporting the Greens, framing the next election as Liberals for LNG (read: jobs), Greens against LNG (read: environment protection) and the NDP sitting on the fence about LNG (read: getting splinters up their ass).

Expect Clark to get a larger majority next election, with the Greens even picking up a few NDP seats.

 

mark_alfred

B.C. to break from new minimum-wage policy, deliver increase beyond what was expected

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B.C.’s minimum wage will rise by about 30 cents later this year, Global News has reported.

In March 2015, Jobs Minister Shirley Bond said there would be a 20-cent increase to the minimum wage, taking it to $10.45 an hour.

An increase tied to the CPI would be around 20 cents, a full one-third less than what Global is reporting is on the way. If a 30-cent increase is implemented this September, it will take the province’s lowest-income earners to a rate of $10.75 an hour.

So, $10.75 an hour, rather than $10.45 an hour, apparently correcting some sort of error that was specified in the article.  Which I guess is good news.

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

Merely propaganda in lead up to the next election.

mark_alfred

In Ontario the minimum wage is one thing that is used to stir discontent toward the NDP.  So, the NDP can propose a higher minimum wage than the Liberals, but because if falls below what activist groups want, then the Liberals are considered great and the NDP scum.  The double standard makes no sense, but it doesn't matter.  Here, I note, that this minimum wage is still relatively low, yet it's considered propaganda to help the Liberals.  So I do feel it must be very easy to be a Liberal.  It's like they can do anything and it simply doesn't matter. 

Disclaimer:  I don't know squat about BC politics.  Nothing in my above rant is intended as a coherent rational comment upon the political scene there.  In fact, while I know a tad more about Ontario politics, I'll also say that my disclaimer equally applies to situations in Ontario too.  What I see is incomprehensible to me.

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The NDP’s only shot at winning in BC: Embrace the NEW ECONOMY

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Magic formula

That narrative is simple. It’s the only one they can win with and it’s so simple and powerful that if they pick it up, short of a Monica Lewinsky-level scandal, it will return them to government. This is it:

New Democrats, New Economy

Why is this the perfect slogan? It does everything the NDP needs it to. It promises an economic vision and jobs – the things people most want to hear. It contrasts them with the Liberals’ dowdy Old Economy – a shortsighted, failing vision based on fifty-year old ideas like big hydro dams and oil and gas.

It promises the single most popular and alluring of election outcomes – the very thing that brought Barack Obama, Justin Trudeau and many other usurpers to power: Change. Finally, it sets the stage for protecting the environment and the economy at the same time – the Holy Grail of Canadian politics today. I’m telling you, roll with this slogan, backed by a solid campaign, and you win.

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Say “Yes” to good ideas

So, the flip-side of that coin is what you say “Yes” to. You say “Yes” to renewable energy. I don’t mean rip-off private power projects and old-school, destructive dams – rather our abundant geothermal potential, wind and solar.

You embrace a group like Iron & Earth – oil sands workers lining up to retool their skills for clean tech.

It’s no big leap for an unemployed gas pipeline welder from Fort St. John to weld wind turbine components instead, or for an oil sands electrician to wire up roof-top solar. We have the workforce – we just need to shift it from an old, shrinking economy, to a new, burgeoning one.

All around the world, except Canada, the leading industrial nations are getting it – investing tens of billions in renewable energy and reaping millions of new, green jobs. As our contributor Will Dubitsky recently noted, “according to the International Energy Agency, in 2015, an astounding 90% of all global electrical power capacity added was attributable to renewables.”  Translation: nine tenths of the market for new electricity in the world today is clean tech, not fossil fuels. Pipelines, oil sands and fracking are on the way out. Why stake your future on a losing, outmoded idea?

quizzical

they're really pushing the CELP (Community Energy Leadership Program) initiative started last year, this year.

NorthReport
NorthReport

Could Mulcair’s struggles sabotage the BC NDP’s election chances?

http://gossip-monthly.com/news/baldrey-could-mulcairs-struggles-sabotage...

NorthReport

Internal Steelworkers memo sharply criticizes horgan and the B.C. NDP

The memo suggested the union threaten to pull its financial support for the NDP’s election campaign and blasted the party for poor planning, treating organized labour like a bank machine and failing to develop a jobs plan for the resource sector.

“Our concern at the lack of a cohesive provincial office and leaders’ office and the lack of campaign planning has culminated in our advising that there will be no more financial and in-kind assistance until a plan is developed,” said the memo, which threatened to instead only fund “local NDP candidates who best share our values.”

An apparent lack of consultation with organized labour on key issues “adds to the perception that the party only views the labour unions as an ATM; the only time our views are heard is when they are attached to a cheque,” read the memo.

“Suffice it to say, the growing level of frustration at providing financial and other support, with the lack of a message we believe our members need to hear to be successful in target ridings, has allowed us to join those who have or are losing confidence the NDP can win the next election.”


http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/steelworkers-sharply-criticize-b...

NorthReport

B.C. NDP needs credible economic and jobs plan, leaked memo says

The report concludes by setting out a possible remedies from staff changes to better communications. But the key call is for a credible plan for economic growth and job creation, particularly in the resource sector — the very thing Horgan promised when he sought the leadership two years ago.

In responding to the leak, the NDP leader chose to discount the contents. But as with comments earlier this week from the building trades, the steelworkers memo struck me as urgings from folks who’ve supported Horgan in the past, and very much want a good reason to support him in the next election.


http://www.ottawacitizen.com/business/vaughn+palmer+needs+credible+econo...

NorthReport

B.C. NDP struggles to shrug reputation as the 'party of No'

Leader John Horgan is attempting to convince electorate his party has strategy to create jobs

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/bc-ndp-job-creation-1.353...

epaulo13 epaulo13's picture

A New Democratic… Pirate Party?

Another northern country shows how NDP might create a new future for itself. Really.

The Canadian scholar Northrop Frye once described the New Democrats as Canada's only truly conservative party, and he may have meant that in the worst possible way.

Ever since its days as the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation, the NDP has essentially accepted the old 19th-century industrial model in which wealth is created by extracting resources and then converting those resources into manufactured goods. The workers accepted that model. They were, in effect, just a group of disgruntled investors, demanding a bigger return on their investment of skill and labour.

Well, the recent ouster of Tom Mulcair shows where that model gets you in the 21st century.

In hindsight, peak NDP was probably 1972, when NDP leader David Lewis kept Pierre Trudeau's minority government in power. Ever since, the NDP and its supporters have been on the defensive, trying to protect what they won half a century ago: Medicare, better social services, more public education. Environmentalism is the only new idea they've embraced since then, and even that divides them: the greenies against the loggers and oil-patch workers....

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