Category Archives: Politics

What Does The NDP-Green Agreement Mean?

By Roy L Hales

Though still nominally premier, Christy Clark knows her government’s days are numbered. If she doesn’t resign, the BC Liberals will be toppled by a non confidence motion when the provincial legislature reassembles in June. Clark intends to continue as Leader of the Opposition. So what does the NDP-Green agreement mean for British Columbians?
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BC’s Fossil Fuel Dreams May Be Over

By Roy L Hales

The final outcome of British Columbia’s election will not be known until absentee ballots are counted. Premier Christy Clark currently leads, with 43 seats as opposed to the NDP’s 41 and the Green party’s 3. Unless these results change, BC’s Fossil Fuel Dreams May Be Over.

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NDP Surging Ahead On Vancouver Island

By Roy L Hales

In one of the stunning upsets of British Columbian politics, the Green Party has been leading the polls from Vancouver Island. There was a time when it looked like the party that no one thought could form the government might be a major contender in the coming election. This has changed. The latest poll from Mainstreet Research shows the NDP surging ahead on Vancouver Island.

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Pembina’s Clean Energy & Climate Debate Illustrated Very “Alternate” Realities

By Roy L Hales

With the election approaching, the Pembina Institute brought together prominent candidates from B.C.’s three major political parties to debate the province’s road to a more planet friendly future. Despite the  underlying tension, everyone was polite. There was laughter. Yet Pembina’s clean energy & climate debate illustrated very “alternate” realities.

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Poll Depicts BC’s Three Political Regions

By Roy L Hales

Similar to the Republican party south of the border, the BC Liberal’s strongest support has always come from the province’s interior. The more populated Great Vancouver area tends to vote for the NDP. So did Vancouver Island, though during the past two weeks the Green party nudged ahead. Mainstreet Research’s latest poll depicts BC’s three political regions.

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Green Candidate Explains What Her Party Wants For BC & Why It Must Be Now

By Roy L Hales

Sue Moen is not willing to accept the status quo. She has a passion for change, for progress, for a re-balancing of society and society with nature. In the attached podcasts, the Green candidate for North Island explains what her party wants for BC & why it must be now.

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Are the BC Liberals Better Fiscal Managers Than The NDP?

By Roy L Hales

The BC Liberals portray themselves as the party that brings economic stability and creates jobs. They claim the BC NDP and Green Party would introduce “reckless spending, higher taxes, and bigger government.” But, based on  their past performance, are the BC Liberals better fiscal managers than the NDP?

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Clues As To Who Might Win BC’s Election

By Roy L Hales

A little over a month ago, the BC Government delivered its’ preelection budget. It was a cynical exercise in pre-election spin, which resulted in a prompt drop in their standings in the polls. The New Democratic Party (NDP) has been at the top of every poll that Mainstreet Research has conducted since then, but here are three clues as to who will win the BC election.

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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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