Standing Up for North Island

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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MLA Report 16th September, 2014

Two issues are top of mind as I write this: the teachers’ strike and the continued mishandling of our ferry system. Negotiation finally succeeded to end the strike which has left students missing five weeks of school and has pitted teachers and parents against the government. Time and
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Report shows B.C. Liberal ferry policies are costing the province

A report released today shows that B.C. Liberal hikes to ferry fares are causing economic damage across the province, say the New Democrats. “This new report does the work the government should have done years ago. It connects the dots between fare hikes, falling ridership numbers, an
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