Archive for February 18th, 2013

VIDEO: BC Premier Christy Clark fights the sceptics ahead of budget day

- February 18th, 2013

While the federal government and governments in Ontario and Alberta — to name just two — are wallowing in red ink, Christy Clark’s Liberal government in B.C. could table a budget Tuesday in Victoria that promises the elimination of its deficit within the year. And yet, Clark’s government is struggling to find favour with voters. From earlier tonight on Battleground on Sun News Network, our Vancouver reporter Jill Bennett tells us what Clark and her finance minister Mike de Jong were saying and then I check in with Vancouver 24 Hours columnist (and Adrian Dix supporter) Bill Tieleman on the budget, new BC Liberal nominations and the significance of Clark cabinet minister Pat Bell’s decision to take a break from politics once the writ is dropped.

VIDEO: Lisa Kirbie and I: “Justin keeps winning every time out. He doesn’t get into a fight he doesn’t think he’ll win”

- February 18th, 2013

A clip from Battleground on Sun News Network tonight — our reporter Kristy Kirkup shows two highlights from Saturday’s Liberal leadership debate in Mississauga, Ont., the opening Garneau vs. Trudeau bit and then, the comments Martha Hall Findlay made that prompted her apology the next day. Then, Liberal strategist Lisa Kirbie and I assess the field after Saturday’s race. I argue that, for all intents and purposes, there are now just three candidates who have any chance of winning this race. And one of them is not Martha Hall Findlay.

Paulson to Mounties: “Keep up the good work”

- February 18th, 2013
RCMP Commissioner Robert Paulson

RCMP Commissioner Robert Paulson has sent a morale-boosting message to his Mounties. (JOCELYN MALETTE / AGENCE QMI)

RCMP Commisioner Bob Paulson sent the following by e-mail late last week to the approximately 29,000 uniformed and civilian members of the force he commands:

Keep up the good work – A message from Commissioner Bob Paulson

I wanted to speak to you today about the report on harassment from the Commission for Public Complaints (CPC) against the RCMP and our Action Plan for the Force. Both were released yesterday. However, the report from the Human Rights Watch was also released this week. I want to address this report as it has raised a lot of concerns, particularly among our members in remote policing assignments. Read more…