Standing Up for North Island

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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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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