Tag Archives: Premier Gordon Campbell

Will This Election End The Politicization Of BC Hydro & ICBC?

The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED from British Columbia, Will This Election End The Politicization Of BC Hydro & ICBC?

Originally Published on BC Policy Perspectives

By Richard McCandless

The Green Party currently holds the balance of power, and now must make the transformation from opposition critic to assisting a new administration in dealing with the multitude of issues faced by any government. Even if the NDP loses the Courteny- Comox riding to the Liberals, the support of the three Green members will be important in steering the Liberal government toward “good public policy” as defined by the Greens.
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Pembina’s Clean Energy & Climate Debate Illustrated Very “Alternate” Realities

The ECOreport continues to cover BC’s 2017 election, Pembina’s Institute’s Climate Debate Presented Conflicting 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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The Liberal Challenger In North Island Riding

The ECOreport interviews a very insightful candidate in BC’s election: Dallas Smith, the Liberal challenger in North Island riding.

By Roy L Hales

While the NDP and Liberal parties battle it out throughout most of the province, on Vancouver Island the chief contenders in this election are the Greens and NDP. Their support is not uniform. Visiting Salt Spring Island a few days ago, I was struck by the overwhelming number of Green party lawn placards. There was more of a three party mix as I drove northwards along the coastal highway. By the time I reached Courtenay/Comox, there were even Conservative signs. A very different scenario emerged in Campbell River. One party’s placcards dominated the political lawnspace. I counted 24 signs bearing the incumbant NDP MLA, Claire Trevena’s name. The remaining five advertised the Liberal challenger in North Island riding, Dallas Smith.

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Are the BC Liberals Better Fiscal Managers Than The NDP?

The ECOreport looks at unemployment & debt statistics to determine 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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NDP Government Would Reduce Some Ferry Fares

The ECOreport looks at why an NDP Government would reduce some ferry fares in British Columbia

By Roy L Hales

Everyone knows that B.C. Ferries is losing money. According to their press release last November, the supposedly “publicly owned company” was $1.2 billion in debt. Yet this morning Claire Trevena, the NDP critic for transportation, announced that an NDP Government would reduce some ferry fares.

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How The Liberals Ran BC Hydro’s Debt Up 1337%

The ECOreport reposts an Op-Ed about government mismanagement,  How The Liberals Ran BC Hydro’s Debt Up 1337%

Originally Published on the Common Sense Canadian

By Rafe Mair

I start this exercise with a couple of general comments.

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Conversation With Claire Trevena, MLA for North Island

The ECOreport publishes a Conversation With Claire Trevena, MLA for North Island, about the upcoming election

By Roy L Hales

With British Columbia’s provincial election approaching, I decided to interview the candidates in my riding. Dallas Smith, who is attempting to capture this seat for the BC Liberals, has yet to respond to my emails. Green candidate Sue Moen and I will be talking soon. My conversation with Claire Trevena, MLA for Island North, took place on a bench overlooking the wharves at Heriot Bay, on Quadra Island.
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Why Do the Liberals Push Site C?

Given that we do not need the energy, the environmental damages are enormous and we appear to be breaking a treaty, the ECOreport asks: “Why Do the Liberals Push Site C?”

(Originally Published Feb 28, additional information added under “SNC Lavalin” on March 5, 2015)

By Roy L Hales

According to a recent report from the University of British Columbia, “Site C has more significant adverse environmental effects than any project ever reviewed under the history of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, including impacts on dozens of species, aquatics, vegetation, wildlife, Aboriginal use of lands and resources, and cultural heritage.” The British Columbian and Canadian governments are most likely breaking treaty #8, which gave local first nations usage of the land that will be submerged. BC Hydro has not properly evaluated less destructive, and far less expensive, alternatives like geothermal energy.  We won’t need the power for decades, if ever. Yet retiring Energy Minister Bill Bennett says “Site C is probably the most important thing” he has been associated with and Premier Christy Clark vows to push this project beyond the point where a future government could reverse her decision. So why do the Liberals push Site C?

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Who Really Killed BC Hydro?

The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED by one of British Columbia’s most thought provoking former provincial cabinet ministers: Who Really Killed BC Hydro?

Originally Published on the Common Sense Canadian

By Rafe Mair

This is the story of the death of our province’s once greatest institution, BC Hydro. Though the public power utility began its life under Socred Premier WAC Bennett in 1961, the story of its demise starts circa 2001, under the newly-minted Liberal administration of Gordon Campbell.

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How Christy Clark Can Avoid Being Called A Climate Laggard

The ECOreport reposts the Pembina Institute’s advice: How Christy Clark Can Avoid Being Called A Climate Laggard

Originally Published on the Pembina Institute

By Stephen Hui

Whenever Premier Christy Clark is asked about her climate change plans, she touts the success of the policies put in place by her predecessor Gordon Campbell in 2008. However, Clark won’t be able to ride on Campbell’s “climate leader” coattails for much longer.

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