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NDP’s Economic Record FAR Better Than BC Liberals

The ECOreport reposts an OP=ED, the NDP’s Economic Record FAR Better Than BC Liberals

Originally Published on the Common Sense Canadian

By Damien Gillis

Many people are ready for a change in Victoria. Christy Clark is one of the least popular candidates for premier in BC history and, after 16 years of scandal-filled rule, her Liberal Party has tried British Columbians’ patience to the extreme. Yet every day on social media, I run across a familiar refrain: “Better than going back to the NDP’s lost decade.” Clearly, that narrative is so deeply embedded that it threatens to keep the NDP out of government yet again.
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What do BC’s Fossil Fuel Companies Get For their Campaign Contributions?

The ECOreport looks at a new study that provides answers, What do 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 Need For Infrastructure Spending In Canada

Originally Published on the Fraser Institute

By Livio Di Matteo

The need for infrastructure spending in Canada is getting a lot of attention this election, with all the parties presenting platform planks on the amounts they would spend, which in turn is generating unprecedented anticipation among Canadian engineering and construction firms.

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BC is magnifying LNG potential by 6 fold (video)

Republished from Policy Note via The Common Sense Canadian

The following rebuttal from geoscientist David Hughes to BC Minister of Natural Gas Rich Coleman is republished with permission from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. The minister has been vocal about Mr. Hughes’ recent report on LNG, which indicates BC is magnifying LNG potential by 6 fold

By David Hughes

After a lot of media coverage on my Clear Look at BC LNG report, Rich Coleman, Minister of Natural Gas, weighed in saying “the report ignored the studies of B.C.’s own scientists” and “they don’t do their research”. In fact, if Mr. Coleman had bothered to read my report, he would have noted that my numbers are cited from BC Oil and Gas Commission reports – the scientists Mr. Coleman employs.
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Canada is trading away its environmental rights

From The David Suzuki Foundation

By David Suzuki

In 1997, Canada restricted import and transfer of the gasoline additive MMT because it was a suspected neurotoxin that had already been banned in Europe. Ethyl Corp., the U.S. multinational that supplied the chemical, sued the government for $350 million under the North American Free Trade Agreement and won! Canada was forced to repeal the ban, apologize to the company and pay an out-of-court settlement of US$13 million.

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BC at the Razor’s Edge: LNG & Climate Change

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMWhen Finance Minister Mike de Jong said “We continue to balance on a razor’s edge,” he was referring to the new budget – but this is a suitable description of the Liberal Government’s economic policy.
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