Standing Up for North Island

Year-end Review

As the year draws to a close it is an opportunity to assess the last 12 months and look forward to the coming year. There have been good moments for our communities but on the whole many people have faced ongoing struggles while the BC Liberal government ignored the real needs of our
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MLA Report 27 November 2014

The fall session came to a raucous close this week with many questions unanswered about ministerial and government accountability, transparency and cover-ups by the BC Liberals. The focus for much of our final week was on trying to get some clarity on who knew what and when in two maj
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MLA Report 21 November 2014

It is just one year since the government announced brutal cuts to the ferry system, at the same time it said it would charge seniors, and let fares continue to rise well above the rate of inflation. And the anniversary was marked by more compelling evidence that shows how badly the B.
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MLA Report 6th November, 2014

One of the highlights of the week in the Legislature was the Minister of Transportation’s extraordinarily rapid U-Turn on the future of the Nanaimo-Horseshoe Bay ferry run. If he’d been in a car, there would have been tire marks on the pavement. As I mentioned last week, the Ferry Com
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Proposed cut shows B.C. Liberals still not listening to ferry users

Minister of Transportation Todd Stone showed yesterday that he knows what to say, but does what he wants. “Just seven months ago, Minister Stone promised to maintain vehicle service between Horseshoe Bay and Nanaimo. But yesterday we learned that there is a plan in place to review and
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MLA Report 30th October, 2014

As politicians we all have a duty to be accountable to our constituents and more generally to the people of the province. We should be able to account for our actions honestly and openly. Which is why I am always saddened by the way Question Period unfolds. We know that there is a gre
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MLA Report 24th October, 2014

I write this as the shock at the shootings on Parliament Hill still reverberate around the country. Parliament and our provincial Legislatures are at the heart of our democratic system. They are the people’s houses, the place where ideas and laws that impact their lives, their communi
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MLA Report October 9th, 2014

We returned to the Legislature this week for the start of a two month fall session. Although we are supposed to sit every October and November, it has been the exception rather than the rule as the government continually tries to avoid accountability. Unfortunately, it also manages to
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A week in review – BC Ferries and the BC Liberals

The BC Liberals’ incompetence regarding BC Ferries seems to know no bounds, as recent events have shown. Just over one week ago the Minister of Transportation, Todd Stone, publicly trashed a report which showed the economic impact of 12 years of neglect of the marine highway and of sk
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