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Entries Tagged as 'NDP'

Reality check on government spending: is the overspending fear mongering justified

May 9th, 2013 · · 2 Comments · Economy, Provincial budget & finance

Both main parties in this election campaign are accusing the other of being big spenders. The BC Liberals claim the BC NDP is making election promises that are too expensive and argue the 1990s (the last time the NDP was in government) was a time of particularly high spending. The BC NDP points out that […]

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A call for courageous leadership from BC parties in 2013

January 8th, 2013 · · 3 Comments · Climate change, Economy, Environment, resources & sustainability, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Taxes

As we head towards the May 2013 BC election, what I’d most love to hear from BC’s political leaders is evidence that they are ready to get serious about the defining issues of this era. In particular, I’m going to be looking for real leadership on the issues of climate change and inequality (what we […]

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BQ demise a big loss

May 3rd, 2011 · · 2 Comments · Women

We have a lost a lot with the demise of the Bloc Quebecoise as a significant presence in Parliament. Social policy in Quebec has been more progressive than elsewhere in Canada for a long time. This is particularly important for policy related to women’s rights, including labour and social policy that allow women’s full participation […]

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Reading the entrails of BC's election

May 13th, 2009 · · Comments Off · Economy, Environment, resources & sustainability, Privatization, P3s & public services, Provincial budget & finance

Three-peat. Hat trick. The media is full of jubilation for the re-election of the Campbell Liberals. But looking at the numbers, it was actually quite close: the BC Liberals got 45.7% of the popular vote, compared to 42.2% for the NDP. This slim margin validates the Angus Reid polling camp, which came closest on estimating […]

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Poverty reduction and the party platforms

May 7th, 2009 · · Comments Off · Poverty, inequality & welfare

The CCPA is a member of the BC Poverty Reduction Committee, the network that has been pressing all the BC political parties to commit to a comprehensive poverty reduction plan. Over 280 organizations have now signed an Open Letter to all the political parties calling on them to commit to a poverty reduciton plan with […]

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There is more to good economic policy than protecting the interests of employers

May 6th, 2009 · · Comments Off · Economy, Employment & labour, Environment, resources & sustainability

Next week’s election will take place in the midst of an economic crisis which hit our province seemingly out of the blue last fall and hit us hard, causing 69,000 job losses between November and March (the April numbers will be released on Friday, May 8, and are expected to be just as grim as […]

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Seniors' care concerns should be taken seriously in this election

May 1st, 2009 · · Comments Off · Health care

Access to residential care beds for seniors was dubbed “an election hotspot” by CTV early last week, and for good reasons. The party that forms government after May’s election will have to deal with the pressures that the aging population would put on the already strained system of seniors’ care in BC. Fundamentally, providing an […]

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The NDP Platform and BC's Economic Challenges

April 20th, 2009 · · Comments Off · Climate change, Economy, Provincial budget & finance

Below is an oped of mine that was done at the request of the Vancouver Sun and that ran in today’s paper. Unfortunately, for reasons that are not entirely clear, the last two paragraphs were cut off, leaving the oped hanging. I put them back in below, and have requested that the online version be […]

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Green Gods Abandoned by Godless Socialists?

April 17th, 2009 · · Comments Off · Energy, Environment, resources & sustainability

So Keith Baldrey thinks the NDP has sold its environmental soul by opposing so-called green run-of-river IPPs. And Mark Jaccard , Tzepora Berman and friends predict economic and environment ruin from the NDP’s plan to abolish the Liberals’ carbon tax. As for run-of-river IPPs, the fact is they are not very green, at least not […]

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Partisan claims and the BC economy

February 23rd, 2009 · · Comments Off · Economy

BC’s recession and election together mean things are going to get nasty in the political realm. Already we seeing plenty of sneering commentary from our esteemed cabinet ministers. Consider this jibe from Colin Hansen, the Minister of Finance, in his annual address to the brethren of Sigma Chi: “I want you to think about one […]

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