Standing Up for North Island

MLA Report April 29, 2016

Money in politics was again front and centre in the Legislature this week, when it was revealed the Premier, Christy Clark, receives $50,000 a year from the BC Liberal Party, in addition to her salary as Premier. This money is raised in part by private fundraising events in which the
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MLA Report 15th April, 2016

The lack of a government agenda, or any vision from Premier Christy Clark, was magnificently apparent this week. We spent more than a day of the limited legislative calendar debating a topic that is firmly in the Federal realm: the trade deal, the Trans Pacific Partnership. The Federa
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MLA Report, 8th April 2016

This has been a week in which some of politics’ dirty secrets have been laid bare: the fundraising tactics used by Premier Christy Clark and her inner council. While other jurisdictions have been embarrassed into changing the laws governing fundraising for politics, BC’s premier has s
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MLA Report, 18th March 2016

Public education was at the heart of much of the discussion this week in the Legislature. It is not only Campbell River and other North Island communities that are facing tough decisions about school closures. Across the province, school districts that also have been severely underfun
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MLA Report, 11th March 2016

People often repeat the line that “it is Question Period but not answer period” to shrug off the fact that Christy Clark and the BC Liberals don’t answer our questions in the Legislature. However, in a healthy democracy there has to be accountability and that means not just asking que
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Trevena Continues to Question Paid Parking at New Hospital

North Island MLA Claire Trevena has again written to the Minister of Health calling for a rethink on plans for paid parking at the new Campbell River hospital. She questions the rationale she has received about charging for hospital parking which appear to be simply because it is done
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MLA Report 4th March, 2016

Cuts — whether to transit passes for the disabled, to education or to environmental oversight – all are a result of government priorities. Unfortunately, the BC Liberals priorities often are not in the best interest of many people in BC and the North Island. The loss of transit
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MLA Report 26th February, 2016

When teachers bring their students to the Legislature they and their students are often dismayed by the behaviour of MLAs in Question Period. Saying the atmosphere is boisterous would imply it is good natured but often the heckling is loud and disrespectful. This week saw two ends of
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Trevena blasts BC Liberal Budget

North Island MLA Claire Trevena has decried the latest BC Liberal budget as a “fantasy”. “Ahead of the last election, the Premier said that the problems of BC would be washed away by the power of the LNG industry. We’d have hundreds of thousands of jobs. We would become – as the premi
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