Standing Up for North Island

MLA Report 26th February 2015

MLA Report The week in the Legislature was primarily taken up with debate about the BC Liberal budget. It is, in the main, a budget that gives to the rich through tax cuts, and takes away from everyone else through increases in fees. The top 2 percent of income earners receive a tax b
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MLA Report 13th February 2015

The Legislature has started its spring session with the pomp and ceremony of the Throne Speech. We have seen three such speeches within the last 12 months which is very unusual. A government normally only has a Throne Speech after an election at which time it sets out its course for t
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Call for improved communications from north island MLA

Improvements in communications are vital for the economic and social health of our communities as well as for safety, according to North Island MLA Claire Trevena. She is urging both Telus and the Ministry of Technology and Citizen Services to step up and ensure north island communiti
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MLA Report 26 January 2015

The political sphere is again heating up as MPs head back to Ottawa and MLAs prepare for our return to Victoria. But even with the legislature adjourned, it has been a pretty busy winter season with the BC Liberals trying to use the distraction of the holidays to announce some major c
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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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