Standing Up for North Island

MLA Report 27th April, 2012

There was good news for Campbell River and the North Island this week, with the announcement that the new hospital will be built. The Premier came to the city to announce the long awaited news, on a day the Legislature was sitting – but as the MLA for the region I was happy to m
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MLA Report 9th March 2012

The week in the Legislature has been dominated by debate on Bill 22, the inappropriately named Education Improvement Act. In very simple terms, it attacks the right to free collective bargaining for teachers and, in its prescription on the size and composition of classes, it seriously
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MLA Report 2nd March, 2012

The focus for much of the week in Victoria was the teachers’ dispute, although the government didn’t start to debate the bill which would end the dispute until Thursday afternoon. Bill 22, or the Education Improvement Act, is a heavy handed piece of legislation. It will result in incr
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MLA Report 24th February, 2012

It has been a bleak week in the Legislature, with the tabling of the Government’s latest budget. Put simply it shows that the government’s priorities do not reflect the real needs of families or communities and do not respond to the economic inequalities or environmental issues in thi
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MLA Report 19th February, 2012

Our first week back in Victoria this year has been marked by independent officers of the Legislature producing damning reports on BC Liberal government policy. On our first day back, the Ombudsperson’s office released a scathing indictment of the government’s approach to seniors’ care
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MLA Report 21st December, 2011

As we near the end of 2011, I would like to take a few moments to reflect on what has been a significant year in BC politics then look to 2012. This year, both major parties elected new leaders, a referendum driven by the people overturned a highly unpopular tax and the conversation a
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MLA Report 25th November, 2011

I’d like to start by congratulating everyone who ran for office last week: win or lose it shows a real dedication to your community to offer to work for the best interest of your communities for the next three years. The fall session of the Legislature wrapped up Thursday, but there w
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MLA Report 18th November, 2011

As we near the end of 2011, I would like to take a few moments to reflect on what has been a significant year in BC politics then look to 2012. This year, both major parties elected new leaders, a referendum driven by the people overturned a highly unpopular tax and the conversation a
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