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The Rich & Connected Appear To Run British Columbia

The ECOreport looks at stories of the a corrupt political process, 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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Protesting Anticipated Approval of Kinder Morgan’s Pipeline Expansion

The ECOreport looks at reports of the thousands protesting anticipated approval of Kinder Morgan’s pipeline expansion.

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1As decision time approaches, most of us know the government of Canada to enable the flow of more diluted bitumen through the most populated region of British Columbia. The cost, in terms of the Liberal party’s political future in this province, could be great. A recent Insights West poll found that 64% of the people who voted for them in the last election oppose the pipeline. One of their own MP’s made the public appeal, “I ask you to listen to the collective wisdom of British Columbians.” Thousands are protesting anticipated approval of Kinder Morgan’s pipeline expansion.

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Poll Shows British Columbians Support Pausing Site C

The ECOreport reposts new data from Insights West, Poll shows British Columbians Support Pausing Site C

Originally Published on Insights West

Vancouver, BC — British Columbians want BC Hydro’s Site C dam sent for an independent review and support stopping construction on the project while alternatives are investigated, a new poll by Insights West has found.

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Approving Kinder Morgan Could Cost Liberals Votes

The ECOreport reposts the findings of a new poll, approving Kinder Morgan could cost Liberals votes

Press Release from the Dogwood Initiative

VANCOUVER — A new poll by Insights West shows strong opposition to increased oil tanker traffic on British Columbia’s south coast, especially among voters who supported Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party in the 2015 federal election.

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Poll Calls On BC’s Government To Put Citizens First

The ECOreport looks at Dogwood Initiative Poll calls on BC’s Government to put Citizens First

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMA new Insights West poll found that found that 86% of British Columbians would support a ban on corporate and union donations before the next election. Only 32% of the respondents believe the government represents their interests.  The top three perceived influences were: corporations (by 90% of respondents), lobbyists (60%) and foreign investors (58%). The Poll calls on BC’s Government to put citizens first.

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Poll Shows Harper Trailing In 7 Key BC Ridings

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1With only five days left until the election, a new poll commissioned by the Dogwood Initiative shows the NDP losing the lead it had only a month ago, while both the Conservatives and Liberals surging ahead. Mario Canseco, of the market research company Insights West, says “it is a very close race,” but the poll shows Harper trailing in 7 key BC Ridings.

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How Can Canada Become A Democracy?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMAs Elizabeth May wrote, “We are essentially living in an unaccountable dictatorship – punctuated with elections.” I do not think that many who have watched the Harper Government’s attempt to steamroll over the concerns of cities like Vancouver and Burnaby, through the NEB hearing process, doubts this is true. The question is, how can Canada become a democracy?

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Conservatives Could Be Eliminated in BC

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Stephen Harper’s Conservatives failed to get more than 24% in any of the four ridings polled by Insights West. The clear majority (i.e. – more than 50%) of respondents voted against them in every riding. This is another illustration of what could happen, IF the left united. The Conservatives could be eliminated in BC.

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Four Key BC Ridings Would Switch To The NDP

The Second Poll that Shows The NDP May Replace Conservatives

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1A New poll shows that four key BC ridings would switch to the NDP  if an election were held today. The Dogwood initiative commissioned  Insights West to carry out a telephone survey of +300 voting-age adults, in four ridings, during May 8-11 . This is the second poll this month to suggest the New Democratic Party may be the province’s new party of choice.
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