Standing Up for North Island

MLA Report – July

In newsrooms, summer is often called “the silly season”. It’s a time when editors are desperately hunting stories to fill the newscasts and newspapers. And it is the time when governments hope that while everyone is out soaking up the sun, fishing, camping and ignoring the workaday wo
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Op-ed: Workers in Poland, not B.C., will benefit from ferry-building deal

Just three years ago, Premier Christy Clark told British Columbians our provincial shipbuilding industry was on the rise – so much so, she suggested, we may never have to build another ferry outside our province. “One of the ways that we are going to make sure that we get the best val
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B.C. Hydro’s Energy Saving Kit Doesn’t Make Up for 28 per cent rate increase

The B.C. Liberals’ new energy saving kit won’t do enough to help North Island families who are struggling to afford the Liberals’ 28 per cent hydro rate hike, says Claire Trevena, North Island MLA. Trevena said that B.C. Hydro receives more calls from the North Island about excessive
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B.C. Liberals give up on creating jobs by not building ferries in B.C.

The B.C. Liberals have given up on the idea of creating jobs by not building new B.C. ferries at home, say New Democrats. “Building three new ferries is going to create a lot of good jobs in Poland that could have been filled by British Columbians,” said New Democrat ferries critic Cl
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MLA Report 15th May, 2014

The efforts to save the Agricultural Land Reserve dominated this week in the Legislature, as we continued to argue with the government that changing the Commission and the Reserve would do great damage to the future of BC and to food security. On Vancouver Island we should be particul
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Provincial Shipbuilding Act would benefit province’s economy, create jobs

Legislation introduced today would nurture B.C.’s shipbuilding industry, benefit the province’s economy, and create jobs, say the B.C. New Democrats. “If passed, the Provincial Shipbuilding Act would ensure that ferries, seabuses and any other vessels used by or for the public are bui
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MLA Report 8th May, 2014

Two key pieces of the BC Liberals’ agenda, which will have a direct impact on the future of the province, were discussed this week in Victoria – Bill 2, the Electoral Boundaries Commission Amendment Act, and Bill 24 the Agricultural Land Commission Amendment Act. The first is an attem
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MLA Report 1st May, 2014

While I usually open my report by the weekly happenings in the Legislature, I think everyone’s week has been overshadowed by the terrible shooting at the Western Forest Products mill in Nanaimo. It shook everyone, and perhaps was especially felt in our forest dependent communities. Wh
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MLA Report 10th April, 2014

One of the interesting aspects of being the official Opposition critic for transportation is that it enables me to reflect on similar needs for communities in what would appear to be very differing circumstances. For our province to have a healthy environment, economy, and social infr
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