Standing Up for North Island

MLA Report, 29th June, 2017

It was, without question, an historic week in the BC Legislature. It started with throwing out government legislation and ended with the government’s demise. With fewer members than the BC NDP and the BC Green Party together, the BC Liberals knew they were fighting a losing battle. Bu
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MLA Report, 22nd June, 2017

Almost seven weeks after the election, the Legislature finally returned for the Throne Speech and the next stage of an engaging time in BC politics. (It is interesting to note that in Britain this month the House of Commons resumed sitting within days of an election which too left a h
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MLA Report, 16th March, 2017

The last week in the Legislature ahead of May’s election was always likely to be raucous and that was indeed the case. The Opposition loudly demanding answers to questions, which went unanswered, the government members yelling to defend the BC Liberal record of the last 16 years, and
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MLA Report, 10th March, 2017

Debate in the Legislature has continued on the few pieces of legislation the BC Liberals have brought forward this spring. As I have mentioned in previous reports there is nothing of great significance although there is a cynical and manipulative approach to it. Glaring in its omissio
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Trevena questions Minister about Broughton diesel spill

North Island MLA Claire Trevena has said First Nations have to be involved when dealing with industry in their traditional territories. Trevena challenged the Minister in Question Period in the Legislature after the diesel spill from a fish farm near Echo Bay left a massive slick on t
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MLA Report, 3rd March 2017

This week we voted on the BC Liberals pre-election budget. After two weeks of debate about how Christy Clark hopes everyone will forget the last 16 years, we in the Opposition stood to vote against their budget. The normal and proper practice is that the opposition is able to examine
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MLA Report, 24th February, 2017

This week was the centrepiece for the BC Liberals of the short pre-election session with the tabling of their budget. Not surprisingly it is designed to encourage people to forget the last 16 years. That however is unlikely. Their “big idea” is a cut to the MSP, although that won’t ha
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MLA Report, 17th February, 2017

The Legislature resumed this week with pomp, ceremony and politics. The Lieutenant Governor was greeted with a military display before laying out the government’s agenda for the next five weeks – and, with an election coming in May, one assumes for the next four years — in the T
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MLA Report, 8th February, 2017

Next week we return to the Legislature for the final session before the provincial election in May. B.C.’s government is highly self-promoting and I fully anticipate the coming five weeks will be more about campaigning than about good governance. We already see public money being spen
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