Category Archives: Federal politics

“I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, or free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind.”

  Say what you will about John G. Diefenbaker now, he coined a passage that has become sacred to many devoted Canadians. I clued in a couple of years ago that things at the federal level were not about to change … Continue reading

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“It is always more easy to discover and proclaim general principles than to apply them.” ~ Winston Churchill, The Gathering Storm

In following the discussion and commentary on social media in the hours leading up to an announcement from the federal government on Northern Gateway, one thing is clear: there is an elephant in the room that no one wants to … Continue reading

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This weeks column for 24Hrs Vancouver: Corrigan defending Burnaby’s interests

This week, the question Brent and I debate is: ” Should Kinder-Morgan be allowed to test the feasibility of a pipeline through Burnaby Mountain?” Say what you will about Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan’s refusal to allow Kinder Morgan to conduct … Continue reading

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en·ti·tle·ment : the feeling or belief that you deserve to be given something (such as special privileges)

    Recently, several BC NDP MLA’s were busy posting photos of themselves taking public transit to and from the legislature. Well done! And I mean that, although I do wonder if this is an ongoing thing or simply a one-off … Continue reading

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This weeks column for 24Hrs Vancouver: Broken Temporary Foreign Worker Program needs overhaul to protect Canadians and foreign workers

The winner of last week’s duel on e-cigarettes was Brent with 53%. This week’s topic: Should the federal government temporarily suspend the entire Temporary Foreign Worker Program? Earlier this spring, Brent and I debated whether or not temporary foreign workers … Continue reading

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This weeks column for 24Hrs Vancouver: More research needed before allowing vaping in public places

The winner of the last Duel on the CBC was Brent with 54%. This week’s topic: Should e-cigarette ‘vaping’ be allowed in places open to the public? Like many adults, I grew up in an era when smoking was considered … Continue reading

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This weeks column for 24Hrs Vancouver: Should the government provide more funding for the CBC?

****My apologies for posting this so late: generally I post my columns first thing in the am to give readers ample time to comment and vote, but unfortunately had an early meeting schedule that prevented me from doing so! The … Continue reading

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This weeks column for 24Hrs Vancouver: Beef up BC training programs before turning to temporary foreign workers

The winner of last week’s duel on farmland was Laila with 72%. This week’s topic: Should temporary foreign workers be allowed in B.C.’s LNG industry? For a premier so committed to providing jobs for British Columbians, the irony of Christy … Continue reading

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An interesting read by Matthew Millar from the Vancouver Observer: Premier Christy Clark partnered in Enbridge Lobbying Firm

Matthew does some great work, a must follow if you don’t already. Here is an excerpt…   B.C. Premier Christy Clark was a partner in a lobbying firm that was contracted by Enbridge and which lobbied the federal government on the company’s … Continue reading

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This weeks column for 24Hrs Vancouver: Too many companies taking advantage of desperate students

The winner of last week’s duel on the teachers’ strike vote was Laila with 86%. This week’s topic: Are unpaid internships exploitation or a good opportunity for young people entering the job market? Back in the ‘good old days’ when … Continue reading

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