Archive for the ‘BC Politics’ Category

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


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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The report card on Christy Clark’s “BC Jobs Plan”: A “C-”

- May 10th, 2013
Christy Clark announces Jobs Plan

VANCOUVER – BC Premier Christy Clark releases her provincial jobs plan during a Vancouver Board of Trade meeting on Sept. 22, 2011. (CARMINE MARINELLI/QMI AGENCY)

“We have set out these bold goals and we are reaching our targets. I’m going to run in the next election on the strong economy. I’m going to run on (being) number one in job creation.”
- Christy Clark to her party’s convention in Whistley, BC, October, 2012

This morning, Statistics Canada released the final report card before Tuesday’s general election in B.C. on Clark’s 17-months-old Jobs Plan. BC is unequivocally not “number one” in job creation. In fact, it is not number one in any employment measurement used by Statistics Canada.  And yet, it could be a lot worse, I suppose. So I’m giving the BC Jobs Plan a “C-” at this point.  Read more…