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BC Is In A Three Party Race

By Roy L Hales

This is not a prediction. Over the course of the next few weeks the numbers will change. The Green party, especially, is likely to improve their standing because voters are only starting to consider them as a serious alternative. Using the data from Mainstreet Research’s March 25-27 poll, I wanted to see the current best and worst case scenario for each party. My strongest overall conclusion is that BC is in a three party race.

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Are The Greens On The Threshold Of A Major Breakthrough In BC?

By Roy L Hales

Few believed Andrew Weaver, when he said “We’re running to govern this province” a week ago. The most optimistic commentators thought the Green might get an extra seat, perhaps two. That scenario ended yesterday, when the Vancouver SUN published a summary of the latest poll from Mainstreet Research. The Greens are leading, in terms of decided voters, on Vancouver Island, 25% to the NDP’s 22% and Liberals 20%. Add in the statistics for parties the respondents are “considering” and they are tied with the Liberals at 32%. Are the Greens on the threshold of a major breakthrough in BC?
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The Real Justin Trudeau

By Roy L Hales

The NATIONAL POST published a very cynical portrait of Canada’s Liberal government. Andrew Coyne wrote, “Every time you think you have plumbed the depths, every time you believe you have pierced the many veils of their duplicity, you are delighted to discover still another con wrapped inside the last — usually delivered by some smiling minister tweeting variations on ‘Better is Always Possible’ and ‘Diversity is Our Strength.’” Unlike the previous administration, which “never bothered to pretend they were anything other than grimly determined power-seekers,” the Trudeau people are using their perceived idealism as “a newer, slicker, con.”  Coyne may be right, but I suspect this is not the real Justin Trudeau.

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BC Greens Gained 4 Percentage Points

By Roy L Hales

The results of Mainstreet Research’s March 18-20 poll are out. Though the New Democratic party (NDP) is still well out in front, both they and the BC Liberals have fallen back 2 percentage points. This week’s surprise is that the BC Greens have gained 4 percentage points in terms of decided and leaning voters.

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Arizona Institute Offers A Tuition Free Ecological Design Certificate Program

By Roy L Hales

Unlike many of their European counterparts, who do not have to pay for education, America’s average Class of 2016 graduate owes about $37,172 in student loans. Almost half of the students interviewed by the Pew Research Center said this debt made it harder to pay other bills. A quarter said it influenced their career decisions. One of the nation’s smaller non-profits has decided to do something about it. An Arizona institute offers a tuition free ecological design certificate program. 

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Vancouver Island Poll Suggests Greens Could Pick Up Two Seats

By Roy L Hales

Green Party Andrew Weaver received an incredible surprise when he heard the results of Check TV’s online election survey two days ago.  A Vancouver Island poll suggests the Greens could pick up two seats.

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What BC’s Fossil Fuel Companies Get For their Campaign Contributions

By Roy L Hales

Fossil fuel companies pumped more than $5.1 million into British Columbia’s elections between 2008 and 2015. 92% of that money was given to the BC Liberal party, which was in office through-out that period. The remainder went to the leading opposition party, the New Democratic Party (NDP). A new report from the Centre for Policy Alternatives, MAPPING THE POLITICAL INFLUENCE examines the funds and lobbying data to get answers. So what do BC’s Fossil Fuel Companies Get For their Campaign Contributions?

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The Rich & Connected Appear To Run British Columbia

By Roy L Hales

More than a week has passed since the New York Times carried the story. The author, Dan Levin, told Global News, “If this were in Russia or China or the Balkans or some developing-world country, it would just be written off as nepotism or corruption, but here (in British Columbia), because it’s not illegal, it seems to just get a pass.” Corporate and union donations to political parties are banned in Nova Scotia, Manitoba, Alberta and Ontario, but not in British Columbia. NDP MLA David Eby believes the corruption runs much deeper than the $50,000-a-year “commission” Premier Clark receives from her party’s campaign chest. The rich & connected appear to run British Columbia.

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How Much Damage Can Donald Trump Do?

By Roy L Hales

The fears seem especially strong across the renewable and environmental communities. David Suzuki writes that  “a bigoted, misogynistic, climate change denier has been elected to the highest office in what is still the world’s most powerful nation.”  Many fear that President-elect Donald Trump “is set to gut US environmental regulations, open up federal lands for fossil fuel extraction, and quit the Paris climate agreement.” Academics from many North American universities are copying information and data from U.S. government environmental websites before the new administration eradicates it. The next President’s personality “is certainly extreme by any standard.” How much damage can Donald Trump do to America?

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70% Of Canadians Want A Clean Energy Transition ASAP

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1Though  Donald Trump’s election casts a long shadow on energy matters, a new poll finds that it is making little impact on public opinion north of the border. Only 17% of the respondents think Canada should follow Trump’s lead and  stick with fossil fuels. “If anything, this survey suggests that the new U.S. leader’s position actually makes Canadians more inclined to support clean energy here at home,” said Merran Smith, Executive Director, Clean Energy Canada. They perceive the future in terms of a low carbon economy and 70% of Canadians want a clean energy transition asap.

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