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Entries Tagged as 'Provincial budget & finance'

The dangers of deregulation extend beyond mining disasters

August 22nd, 2014 · · 1 Comment · Economy, Environment, resources & sustainability, Privatization, P3s & public services, Provincial budget & finance, Transparency & accountability

The Mount Polley Mine disaster has raised important questions about the risks and costs of deregulation of the mining industry in BC. I spoke about this issue recently on CBC Vancouver’s Early Edition and CBC Kamloops’ Daybreak (if you missed it, there’s audio here, starts around 1:00:48). As a citizen and as a public interest […]

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Mount Polley Mine dam collapse compels us to review resource development regulations

August 20th, 2014 · · 2 Comments · Economy, Environment, resources & sustainability, First Nations & Aboriginal, Privatization, P3s & public services, Provincial budget & finance, Transparency & accountability

At this point, we don’t know exactly what caused the collapse in the large dam holding mining wastewater and contaminated sediment – also known as tailings – at the Mount Polley Mine. This is why we need the inquiry which the BC government announced earlier this week. It remains to be seen if it was […]

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BC government using affordability excuses to underfund education and health

August 11th, 2014 · · 7 Comments · Economy, Education, Privatization, P3s & public services, Provincial budget & finance

Affordability is becoming the new buzzword of the BC government. In the dispute with teachers, for example, the Minister of Education has repeatedly argued demands for lower class sizes and improved class composition, as well as fair wages, are unaffordable and unrealistic (see here). When parents and businesses make the case for more public funding […]

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Will offsets be the “indulgences” for our LNG sins?

July 18th, 2014 · · 3 Comments · Climate change, Environment, resources & sustainability, Privatization, P3s & public services, Provincial budget & finance, Transparency & accountability

In June 2014, the BC government reported on its progress towards the 2007 Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act, which calls for a one-third reduction by 2020 in GHG emissions (relative to 2007 levels) and an 80% reduction by 2050. The BC government claimed to have met a key milestone: an interim target of a 6% […]

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BC’s controversial contract obligations dwarf its debt

July 18th, 2014 · · No Comments · Economy, Energy, Privatization, P3s & public services, Provincial budget & finance

Most of the discussion around the delivery of British Columbia’s public accounts this week has centred on debt (Marvin Shaffer makes excellent points in the previous post on why debt is not always bad) and on how BC got the money to balance its books. Something else worth looking at, however, is British Columbia’s non-debt […]

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The disconnect between economic growth and teachers’ wages

June 19th, 2014 · · 10 Comments · Education, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Provincial budget & finance

A number of recent articles on the BC teachers’ strike have suggested that teachers could get the wage increases they want to see, as well as the needed investments in reducing class size and improving class composition, if only they supported resource development. Jordan Bateman of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation summed up the line of […]

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Britain and British Columbia now moving in different directions on P3s. BC taxpayers may be the losers

May 20th, 2014 · · 5 Comments · Economy, Privatization, P3s & public services, Provincial budget & finance

A dozen years ago when Gordon Campbell’s newly elected British Columbia government decided it wanted to build its infrastructure with public private partnerships (P3s) it turned to England for advice.  The British model for infrastructure shaped much of what BC did in the ensuing years.  Lately, British Columbia and the UK have been going in different […]

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Don’t believe the (LNG) hype

April 30th, 2014 · · Comments Off · Energy, Provincial budget & finance, Taxes

Today we released a new report, Path to Prosperity? A Closer Look at British Columbia’s Natural Gas Royalties and Proposed LNG Income Tax, about liquefied natural gas (LNG ) development in BC, and the public revenues that might be expected. So far, LNG has lacked a real public debate. On one side, we have the […]

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How Doctors are Paid in BC

February 22nd, 2014 · · 3 Comments · Health care, Provincial budget & finance, Uncategorized

  [A version of this piece was posted on the Tyee] Health care is the biggest, most expensive and most important thing that government does. Hospital care swallows up a large proportion of the health care budget, but primary care in the community takes care of most patient needs and keeps people out of hospital. […]

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About that LNG Prosperity Fund

February 18th, 2014 · · 6 Comments · Energy, Provincial budget & finance

Budget 2014 contains some new information about how the province intends to pay for all of the ponies BC children have been promised from LNG riches. Alas, there is not much there – a three page text box that mostly restates the hype on LNG – and from what has been revealed it looks a […]

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