BC Election May 9 '17

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B.C. has Canada’s worst-performing economy for younger generations: report

[quote]B.C. is Canada’s “worst-performing economy” for younger generations, said a report released Wednesday by the organization that advocates on behalf of Canadians in their 20s, 30s and 40s

When you live here in B.C., we’re presented with a range of commercials paid for by B.C. which present B.C. as the land of opportunity,” Generation Squeeze founder Paul Kershaw told Global News.

“They make that claim largely based on referring to the fact that we have the best economic growth rates in the country.

“But it begs the question, how good is that economic growth? What does it mean for people on the ground?”

For young people, it has meant lower earnings, more debt and more difficulty buying a home, the report said.

B.C.’s GDP may have grown by 2.5 per cent since the 1980s. But earnings in that time have dropped faster for young people in B.C. than any other province, it noted.

Median full-time earnings for 25- to 34-year-olds in 2014, the last year for which data was available, were down by over $8,400 from the period of 1976 to 1980.

Meanwhile, median earnings for this age group across Canada fell by just over $4,000.

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Matt Robinson: B.C. Liberals reluctant to protect renters from lucrative loophole


For years, unscrupulous landlords have been allowed to use a so-called fixed-term lease loophole to demand higher-than-legal rent increases from their long-term tenants. The only remedy for renters who enter the loophole is to move.

Last fall, under pressure from the B.C. NDP, Housing Minister Rich Coleman said he planned to close the loophole by this spring session.

But earlier this week, he said doing so was “a bit more complicated” than he’d expected.

It gets worse. It turns out B.C. has not yet even drafted policy options, according to Coleman’s office. Instead, after hearing differing opinions on the matter, Coleman has requested a discussion paper and stakeholder consultations.

Action on the matter is unlikely to happen before the May 9 election, Coleman told reporters Wednesday. And that’s if it comes at all.

Here’s how the fixed-term lease loophole tends to work:

A prospective renter finds a suitable home and agrees to sign a one-year lease agreement with their new landlord. Included on the form is a vacate clause, which states: “The tenant must move out on or before the last day of the tenancy.”


Here is just another story about how mean and nasty the government that NR wants elected can get with anyone who tries to speak truth to power. 

The claim alleges that the government’s refusal to honour the pension agreement is “motivated by malice and bad faith” and that the province has a “history of animosity and hostility” toward Turpel-Lafond, who finished a 10-year stint as children’s watchdog in November.

The claim alleges that the deputy minister of children and family development met with Turpel-Lafond and her senior staff on Oct. 1, 2015, and advised that “the government would treat her as a ‘member of the opposition,’ ” and that the government “had developed a strategy to personally target” her work.

- See more at: http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/former-children-s-watchdog-suing...



But, but, but we're progressive sputters Weaver. Ha!

BC Greens Lagging in Candidate Diversity

Less than one-third of candidates women, lower than Liberals, NDP.


Basement Dweller

Retiring Independent MLA endorses another Independent. Delta South is probably not a winnable district for either the BCNDP or Greens.


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Housing groups want BC to double welfare cheques


Following a survey of 68 hotels for 3,170 rooms, the Carnegie Community Action Project’s (CCAP) report on rent in the DTES found the average monthly cost for a room is $548. This is compared to the $610 someone on regular welfare and $906 individuals with a disability receive.

“Welfare has been frozen for 10 years,” CCAP organizer Jean Swanson says. “You can’t eat and pay the rent on $610. You can’t even pay the rent.”

The income and disability assistance rates were last raised in 2007. CCAP wants the provincial government to match the Market Basket Measure, what the federal government says is needed, per month, for a “modest, basic standard of living,” which is $1,500 a month. They also want those on disability to receive $1,800 a month.

The group would also like the province to boost the minimum wage to $15 an hour.


Here is the type of people who support NR's Premier. After all it is all about outfitting jobs and we should not care about trophy hunting. Our province does not have a democracy in place. Rich assholes who want to kill things are allowed to have a larger financial impact on the election than any ordinary citizen could afford. 

So come on North Report lets hear some more cheerleading for the most corrupt government in Canada. 


"If there’s one thing Donald Trump’s sons, Porsche-driving dentists and Texas oil barons love most, it’s straddling the lifeless body of an exotic endangered animal.

Chilled by the prospect of losing that opportunity in British Columbia, U.S. trophy hunters are digging deep to ensure the reelection of Premier Christy Clark.

As the Canadian chapter of Safari Club International explained in a Facebook post last Friday, “NDP have vowed to end the Grizzly hunt in BC if elected. SCI chapters from CANADA and the USA banded together donating $60000.00” (sic)."



While our government sells off the province to the highest briber this is the kind of health care system we get from their decade long chronic underfunding.



British Columbia faces possible class action over government ad blitz



B.C.'s online small claims court a world first



Getting a judgement in small claims court is easy. Collecting on the judgement is nearly impossible. More smoke and mirrors from a broken system.  Linking to Tom Fletcher is a new low, even for you NR. He is Black Press's leading BC Liberal cheerleader. His columns are ill informed as a rule with half the facts spun together to make his party look good. Any inconvenient facts get ignored.


Most everything is moving online. If you want to be part of the future embrace it, otherwise folks nedd to get out of the way as they are living in the past.

Image is one of the main problems with the NDP. They are acting like a 20th century political party, but we are living in the 21st century now. Too bad.


Please Advise! Which of These Blatantly Partisan Liberal Ads Did the Liberals Actually Pay For?

Not many, advises Doc Steve. And now they’ve been sued.


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BC Greens Lagging in Candidate Diversity

Of the 59 candidates chosen so far to run for the BC Green Party in the May provincial election, just 18 are women.

That works out to 31 per cent of the Green Party candidates chosen by March 17, well short of the 39 per cent of BC Liberal candidates and 48 per cent of NDP candidates who are women.

And while roughly three-quarters of NDP and Liberal candidates are white, about 90 per cent of Green candidates are.

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Derrick O'Keefe: Politicians who ignore renters could face eviction from office


There are more than half a million renters in British Columbia. In Vancouver fully half of us rent, although you wouldn’t know it from the way homeowners, developers, and real estate agents dominate the media and political discussion of housing. While those in the market get all the attention, the worst victims of our city’s out-of-control housing market are those who can’t afford to own and can barely afford to rent.

As I’ve written before, tens of thousands of Vancouverites live one paycheque or one renoviction notice away from losing their homes. If you can’t make rent, or can’t afford your landlord’s rent hikes, homelessness or at least relocation out of the city looms. Countless low- and middle-income people have already left the city, heading either to the slightly-cheaper suburbs or out of the Lower Mainland altogether.

Renters in Victoria are also feeling the squeeze, and the crisis is no longer even confined to the province’s major cities. Too many simply can’t afford to live in B.C., and for those who still can too much of our lives is spent working, often at multiple jobs, to pay the rent.

Despite this crisis, the B.C. Liberal government has shown precious little interest in offering meaningful support to renters. Take, for example, the issue of fixed-term leases with vacate clauses, a tactic landlords have been using to jack up rents way above the legislated annual limit (currently 3.7 per cent for 2017). Back in October, Rich Coleman, the minister in charge of the housing portfolio, told the Globe and Mail he was looking into a remedy to close this loophole, “If they’re using something that’s a legal document to game the system – because of a shortage of supply – that’s where I get concerned.”

At the time, Coleman said his staff would have an answer on how to fix the situation in 30 days. Five months later, as a brief pre-election session of the legislature was winding down earlier this month, Coleman conceded that there would be no solution brought in until sometime after the upcoming vote in May. In other words the government, when confronted with numerous reports of rent-gouging by landlords, dithered and then effectively shrugged its shoulders.

In a sense, it’s understandable the government just couldn’t find the time to get a simple measure implemented to help protect renters. A lot of MLAs own multiple properties, so as landlords themselves it might be hard for them to empathise with lowly tenants. Let’s remember, also, that it can be hard for constituents to get a politician’s attention at the best of times, and renters don’t tend to be able to buy $1000 tickets to attend B.C. Liberal fundraisers.

More seriously, the organization of this provincial government’s cabinet suggests a lack of focused ministerial attention on the housing crisis. Coleman, in addition to being in charge of housing, also happens to be the minister in charge of natural gas development. It must be hard to find time to deal with housing issues when you’re also in charge of desperately courting foreign investors to follow through on their plans to export B.C.’s liquefied natural gas. The B.C. Liberals won the 2013 election on a flagship promise of an LNG “bonanza” which has yet to materialize, and the oil and gas industry is a huge source of corporate donations to the governing party, so perhaps it makes sense that the needs of renters have been neglected.

While the government’s treatment of renters can be explained, it cannot be excused. As a renter myself, I’ve recently been in touch with others in Vancouver who are fed up and are planning to raise these issues with all parties during the upcoming election campaign by holding town hall forums and by going door-to-door and talking to other tenants. Whoever wins in May, they need to be pushed to build more affordable and social housing and to open up the Residential Tenancy Act to close loopholes that landlords are abusing.

All politicians in B.C. need to know that there’ll be a price to pay for ignoring renters’ concerns. It’s not like renters are a marginal group that can easily be ignored. There are more than 520,000 of us. With a little more collective organization, we can have a lot more power. If politicians don’t heed the demands of renters this May, they might even find themselves evicted from office.


Rob Shaw: To keep donation scandal alive, B.C. NDP need to kick Liberals when they're down


Ken Burch

Thanks for admitting the BC Liberals are "down", North.

You aren't really arguing that it's unfair for the BCNDP, the official opposition, to try to increase its lead by attacking the BC Liberals, the party who happens to be in government, are you?

​We all know you turned into a conservative at some point, but are have you actually turned into the sort of bitter, self-pitying reactionary who feels any decline in support for any conservative party in inherently unjust?

If so, you should probably just move to Alberta or Alabama and be done with it.

As your hero would say, "Sad!"

Rev Pesky

From that Sun story posted above:

In 2013, the NDP dropped Quick Wins after the legislature adjourned in March, figuring voters would remember that Clark’s credibility was shot. Then-leader Adrian Dix preferred to run a “positive” campaign. “This proved to be a terrible misjudgment,” Topp wrote.

...“Our opponent was on the ropes, and we let her get up,” wrote Topp.

“A more aggressive, bloody-minded campaign than the one we conducted, would have nonetheless acted on the traditional political principle that the best time to kick your opponent is when they are down,” he added later in his report.

I'll just point out that Adrian Dix was in no position to go after the Liberals on their corrupt ways. He himself falsified a document for Glen Clark back when Clark was premier.

A large part of the impetus for the 'positive' campaign run by the NDP was simply to try and avoid too much mention of that episode. It didn't work, and in fact the NDP campaign wasn't 'positive'. Instead of campaigning on their own ideas, they campaigned strictly on how bad the Liberal party's ideas were.

In any case, there was no way to go after the Liberal corruption without exposing the NDP to charges of hypocrisy. And that was that.



Mo money, mo problems: B.C. Liberals are flush with cash, which gives people pause 



B.C. Liberals' Electoral Finance Reform Package Doesn't Amount To Much


Martin N.

One can go on forever about the Liberals and the telegenic skank running it but the biggest obstacle to change is an opposition in thrall to the loony end of the political spectrum. Every attempt at running a creditable campaign based on good governance and progressive policy is hijacked by the loonies who, quite frankly, scare the crap out of BC voters. The irrepressible fame hound and her cohort are seen as a horrible choice but a known quantity compared to the vagarities of whatever weird social engineering the NDP will morph into in the next putsch. The BC NDP needs a Mike Harcourt or Jack Layton to beat the loonies back with a clear vision and no nonsense.


Actually they need a Glen Clark and look where he is today.

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..the ndp has never had a clear vision. it has always been torn with being both capitalist and socialist which is something that has never been possible. 

..no one though needs the ndp to come to terms with this contradiction at this time. it's an election and not a time for soul searching. they need to run a decent and committed to a brave new world campaign. 

Basement Dweller

Despite being leaderless and supposedly in chaos, the BC Conservative Party has started selecting candidates. It looks like they have at least five declared and a few more in the wings. Maybe they'll eventually have enough to repeat the five percent they won in 2013.

Ken Burch

I'd alert on Martin N.'s post for the misogynist language, but at the moment we don't seem to be able to alert.  

​The issue with the premier is that she's corrupt and arrogant, not that she's a woman who might possibly have sex at some point.

And it's not "loony" to want a clear break from the status quo-we're in a global environmental crisis and every humane and democratic value is threatened by increasing concentration of wealth in the hands of a few.  Most of the world recognizes that.

I realize that poster is mainly here to troll, but there are some things you can't leave unchallenged.

Ken Burch

Not only are the BC Cons selecting candidates, they are rising in the polls.

And, given how they did WITH a leader five years ago, it might be just as well that they have no leader now.

Martin N.

"Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a heaven for?"  Perhaps you can also give us your personal definition of: "smarmy", as in: "his smarmy passive/agressivism was mere disguise for ad hominem criticism".

Martin N.

No, it's not loony to want a clear break from the status quo. It is, however, loony to expect that break to occur as a result of furious shovelling of sand against the tide. There is a great difference between good governance and extremist do-goodery, just as there is between good governance and corrupt self-serving.

Martin N.

​The issue with the premier is that she's corrupt and arrogant, not that she's a woman who might possibly have sex at some point.   

My intent was 'of a certain low cunning and moral ambiguity', nothing to do with sex. I'll change it if it's an issue. 

Martin N.

Glenno? He went straight from altruist to capitalist without even touching cynical socialist hypocrite or limousine liberal. Running the nasty capitalist empire of Ebineezer Scrooge himself. I'm happy for Mrs. Glenno though. She didn't deserve the media circus.

Ken Burch

"Skank" has a particular meaning...check out the Urban Dictionary to find out what it is.   "Grifter" would fit, though.

I'm no fan of Christy Clark...but there is no reason to reference her gender as part of the fight against her.

As to the BCNDP...they have nothing to gain politically from supporting Kinder Morgan.  In every region of the province, the BC Greens are at around 15% in the polls.  Any votes that switched from the BC Liberals to the NDP as a result of the party endorsing Kinder Morgan would be counteracted by an equally large switch to the Greens.

​There'd be no way for the party to hold onto any environmentally conscious voters at all. 

As a practical point, provincial NDPs in every region where resource extraction is a major part of the economy are going to have to propose radical programs of economic restructuring.   Resource extraction is not a long-term guarantee of economic stability anywhere, and provincial intervention is going to have to happen in order to create the non-extractive decent-wage jobs that will be part of the future.

Besides...if Kinder Morgan was such a brilliant idea, why didn't Clark push it through when Harper was still in power federally?  Harper's regime would have done nothing to stop it. 

Doesn't the fact that she hasn't done so yet raise any questions in your mind about the worthiness of the project?






Jobs and the economy is the number one issue in voters' minds.

Ken Burch

And the LEAP manifesto actually addresses that.

There need to be jobs.

Environmentally dangerous megaprojects aren't the only way to create them-and they CAN'T be the only way if the planet is to survive.

The need is for something like a Green New Deal.

​And the party of the B.C. corporate elite is never going to allow anything like that to happen.


I am not a big hunting fan, but once again the BC NDP appears to be attacking people's jobs.


And as far as the Massey Tunnel replacement is concerned, we live in an earthquake zone and many people are not comfortable driving through tunnels, so twinning the tunnel is probably not a wise decision. Just like Mayor Musatto's tunnel to the North Shore idea is probably a wash as well


B.C. Election: Liberal economic message resonates; concerns over campaign finance and housing persist


Six-in-ten B.C. residents say opposition lacks a real plan to help the province

While this may appear to be troublesome for the incumbent Premier, consider that the lowest approval rating the Angus Reid Institute has recorded for her in six years of tracking was 25 per cent in March 2013. Clark went on to win the election in May of that year and garnered a 20-point jump in approval the following quarter (June 2013):


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Christy Clark is most disliked party leader running in B.C. election: poll

Premier Christy Clark’s popularity is dipping with less than two months until the provincial election, according to a national poll on the performance of premiers across Canada.

Clark’s popularity fell four points to 31 per cent this quarter, ranking her fourth of the most-popular premiers in the country, according to the Angus Reid Institute poll.

On the least-popular side, Ontario’s Kathleen Wynne’s approval rating also dropped four points to only 12 per cent.

A subsequent public opinion poll from Angus Reid, also published Friday, reported that three-quarters of B.C. residents (76 per cent) believe the current Liberal government is “only interested in helping its political donors and big business.”

But 62 per cent of people in the poll also said the opposition parties don’t have a plan to help British Columbians....


B.C. Greens gain on Vancouver Island at expense of Liberals, NDP 


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Our Opportunity Is Here To Oust The B.C. Liberals


Whose opportunity is here?

Everyone working two or three jobs at minimum wage because one is not enough to keep up with the rising cost of living.

Everyone on social assistance trying to survive on $610 per month.

All first responders burnt out from dealing with the health-care crisis in the streets.

Everyone who has spent five hours in a hospital emergency waiting room.

Everyone angry about the hidden taxes in BC Hydro increases, MSP fees, ICBC rates.

Everyone distraught by the environmental destruction from Mount Polley, anxious about the threat of burst pipelines, disgusted by the obscenity of the grizzly bear hunt....

Ken Burch


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..from business vancouver

BC NDP win would spell ‘infinite deferral’ or cancellation of LNG projects: analysts

Proponents of Canadian LNG projects have between 12 to 18 months to capitalize on the “rapidly shrinking window of opportunity” to serve the second wave of global demand growth, but prospects could all but slam to a halt after May 9.


“It is unclear whether the Liberal or NDP parties will form the next government. If the Liberals are returned to power, we expect that there would be little change to existing policies and tax structure surrounding LNG, creating additional investment certainty for project proponents,” GMP FirstEnergy wrote in a research note issued on March. 29.

“If the governing party changes hands to the NDP, we think there is a very real possibility that the new government would look at re-evaluating the Liberal party’s policies surrounding environmental and tax issues for LNG, creating a new layer of uncertainty for such projects.

“If this outcome does take place, then we feel this will only push some, or all, of the pending projects in B.C. to cancellation or indefinite deferral well into the next decade.”

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It’s time for regime change in B.C.


Start with the bottom line for all those at the bottom of the pyramid in B.C. The NDP has committed to raising the minimum wage to $15/hr and to implementing $10/day childcare. These are two long overdue reforms that would help people pay their bills. It should be noted that, especially in the Lower Mainland, $15 is still too low; a liveable wage is over $20/hr in this overpriced city. But it’s a huge step in the right direction.

The NDP also promises to invest tens of millions more in co-op housing, eliminate MSP premiums, ban corporate and union donations and put stricter limits on individual donations. This would bring B.C. in line with other provinces that have cracked down on pay-to-play corruption. The Liberals have stalled and stalled on this issue, brazenly continuing to stuff their coffers.

The BC Greens, running third in the polls, offer a sharper stance in opposition to LNG and the Site C Dam than the BC NDP. But they remain effectively a regional party, with a shot at picking up a few more seats on Vancouver Island.

Their leader, Andrew Weaver, is an accomplished climate scientist but hardly seems cut out for the coalition building required of politics. And, unlike Green parties in other jurisdictions around the world who have moved to fill a vacuum on the left, he apparently has no desire to stake out a position to the left of Horgan and the NDP.

In fact, Weaver seems to relish sparring with the NDP as much as the governing Liberals and has been known to be particularly cantankerous towards social movement activists and even fellow Greens with whom he disagrees. After the federal Green Party passed a resolution supporting boycott tactics in response to Israel’s violations of international law in the occupied Palestinian territories, Weaver lashed out, stating the federal party had been “hijacked” and that his provincial party was even considering changing its name.

With the election looming, Weaver has suddenly been the recipient of sympathetic media coverage in Postmedia outlets and Global TV.



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