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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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Poll Depicts BC’s Three Political Regions

The ECOreport look at the most recent data, Mainstreet Research’s new 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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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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Green Candidate Explains What Her Party Wants For BC & Why It Must Be Now

The ECOreport continues examining BC’s 2017 election by interviewing Sue Moen, a Green candidate explains what her party wants for BC and 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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Conversation With Claire Trevena, MLA for North Island

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

Editors note: Podcasts are from two radio programs, broadcast on Cortes Community radio March 29 and April 7, 2016.

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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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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Justin Trudeau, The Quintessential Canadian Politician

The ECOreport publishes an Op-Ed in defence of Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the quintessential Canadian politician

Editor’s Note: This is one viewer’s response to my article “The Real Justin Trudeau

By Richard Barry Adasoy

I cannot say that I personally agree with all of what I perceive to be Trudeau’s aims, but with that caveat I can with confidence state that he is the quintessential Canadian politician, even to his tendency of favouring appeasement regardless of his own expressed values.

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Clues As To Who Might Win BC’s Election

The ECOreport examines the data for three 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

The ECOreport ran a couple of scenarios using the latest polling data and concludes 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?

The ECOreport looks at the latest polling data and asks 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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