Archive for the ‘BC Politics’ Category

A Conservative MP from B.C. opens up on Northern Gateway: A highly conditional approval

- June 18th, 2014
Dan Albas handout

Newly elected in the 2011 general election as the MP for Okanagan-Coquihalla, Dan Albas is welcomed to the House of Commons by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. This photo was taken by a member of the prime minister’s staff.

Dan Albas is the Conservative MP for the riding of Okanagan-Coquihalla, a riding in the south, central part of the province that is a long, long way  from where Enbridge Inc. proposes to build the Northern Gateway Pipeline that will carry as much as 500,000 barrels of Alberta bitumen across the Rockies to the northern B.C. port of Kitimat. Kitimat, incidentally, is in the riding of New Democrat Nathan Cullen, while the pipeline runs through Cullen’s riding and then the ridings of BC Conservative Bob Zimmer (Prince George-Peace River) and Alberta Conservative MPs Rob Merrifield (Yellowhead) and Brian Storseth (Westlock-St. Paul)

Though Albas and his constituents live a long way from the Northern Gateway’s route or port — as do most who live in B.C. — this is a big issue for them. The federal NDP believe that, so far as votes in B.C. go in the 2015 general election, campaigning against the pipeline is electoral gold. Read more…

Rod Smelser: 1950-2013

- December 17th, 2013

Rod Smelser

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The B.C. NDP hold their version of “Ladies Night”. Cue the outrage.

- November 17th, 2013

KickUP

The poster above, which I first saw when former Parliament Hill Liberal staffer Ben Parsons brought it to my attention on Twitter, is from the BC NDP.

It advertises a political fundraiser to be held this March. In fact, the B.C. NDP have been holding this annual event since 2003. Here’s the poster from the 2013 version. Over at the event’s 2013 Facebook page, it quite clearly says that this event was held to celebrate “International Women’s Day.” Read more…

Just like the advertisement said: The Comeback Kid

- May 15th, 2013

Vancovuer 24 Hours Ad Comeback Kid

Above, the mid-campaign “wrap-around” ad in the Vancouver 24 Hours purchased by the BC Liberals. Below, a pre-campaign “real” journalism front-page in the Vancouver Province Read more…

A review of the polls in BC: Dix leads in all but the gap varies

- May 11th, 2013

A running tally of the polls published in the B.C. election campaign (the writ dropped on April 16), arranged here, with the most recent on top. In every poll, Adrian Dix and the NDP lead with Christy Clark and the Liberals in second. The biggest gap of 22 points between the two was found by Justason in a poll published April 29. The smallest gap was 2 points in poll published May 9 by Forum.

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