Standing Up for North Island

MLA Report 14th May 2015

Tempers frayed more than usual at the Legislature this week. Once again it was because of a lack of answers from the government on a number of issues – from a massive overspend on an IT project for BC Hydro, to the failure of another expensive IT project in the Ministry of Health, to
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Shipbuilding Act good for B.C.’s economy

Legislation introduced today would nurture B.C.’s shipbuilding industry, benefit the province’s economy, and create jobs, say B.C.’s New Democrats. “The Provincial Shipbuilding Act would ensure that ferries, seabuses and any other vessels used by or for the public are built, maintaine
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MLA Report 7th May 2015

For any political watcher, and in fact for many Canadians, there is no question that there is just one political story this week – the stunning and unexpected victory of the NDP in Alberta, bringing to an end the 44 year reign of the Conservatives. There is a BC connection to the stor
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MLA Report 30th April 2015

Public healthcare and public education underpin our society. Investment in both is vital for us to develop a just and equitable society in which everyone can live their lives to the fullest. Unfortunately that’s not happening at the moment, so we, as Opposition, have been raising thes
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MLA Report 23rd April 2015

It has been an engaging week at the Legislature in Victoria, with debate on bills that will bring changes to the liquor laws and the new Societies Act which will govern charities and not for profits. Question Period has swept from the somber to the surreal. Among the topics we discuss
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Two tier electricity pricing hits North Island hard

BC Hydro’s two tier pricing is leaving many people in the North Island with extremely high bills and for some that means the possibility of disconnection. North Island MLA, Claire Trevena, has written to the BC Utilities Commission to urge a review of the policy for those communities
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MLA report 16th April 2015

BC Liberal fiscal incompetence was on display this week in Victoria, when the Opposition revealed that a sell off of publically owned lands cost the province $43 million. The land in question is in the lower mainland and was sold quickly and well below its appraised value. The governm
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MLA Report 27th March, 2015

Hubris is perhaps the word of the week at the BC legislature as the government refuses to accept responsibility for major mistakes committed under its watch – the failure of the Auditor General for Local Government and the collapse of the Treaty Commission stand out among others. Both
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Liberal transportation plan is no plan at all

The B.C. Liberals’ so-called 10-year transportation plan is little more than a collection of nice pictures, vague comments and fact boxes, say the New Democrats. “Only a Christy Clark government would call this a plan,” said Claire Trevena, New Democrat spokesperson for transportation
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