Monday, April 24, 2017

BC Election Digest: April 24-30,2017



The archive of notes from the campaign trail for April 17-23, 2017








April 24

Steelworkers union paying salaries of top NDP staffers
Christy Clark promises to fight U.S.imposed softwood lumber tarrifs
BC Green Party vows to take 'principled' approach to provincial spending
To dream the impossible dream the major ambitions of B.C.'s minor parties
Steelworkers union paying salaries of top NDP during B.C.election
Green Party would run deficits to pay for platform
B.C. Green leader changes tack and gets tough on Horgan
B.C.party leaders line up against new U.S. soft wood lumber duties
Battleground Burnaby a profile in pipeline politics
Time to purge big money from politics
B.C. Liberals and B.C. NDP ramp up insults as election draws closer
Greens election platform says the fentanyl crisis means B.C. must exapnd access to prescription heroin
Can we still trust polls?
BC belongs to Resource companies and Clark's the paid caretaker






Victoria Viewpoints: Monday, April 24, 2017




Our compilation of some of the stories of note from the day, reviewing the political developments from the Provincial scene:


Steelworkers union paying salaries of top NDP staffers
Christy Clark promises to fight U.S.imposed softwood lumber tarrifs
BC Green Party vows to take 'principled' approach to provincial spending
Vancouver teachers to protest potential budget cuts to adult programs
U.S.imposes preliminary duties up to 24% on subsidized Canadian softwood lumber
To dream the impossible dream the major ambitions of B.C.'s minor parties
Steeloworkers union paying salaries of top NDP during B.C.election

B.C. welfare phone wait times drag on despite promised fix
Green Party would run deficits to pay for platform
B.C. Green leader changes tack and gets tough on Horgan
B.C.party leaders line up against new U.S. soft wood lumber duties
Battleground Burnaby a profile in pipeline politics
Time to purge big money from politics
U.S. puts 20% duty on B.C.lumber exports, retroactive for 90 days
B.C. Liberals and B.C. NDP ramp up insults as election draws closer
Greens election platform says the fentanyl crisis means B.C. must exapnd access to prescription heroin
Can we still trust polls?
BC belongs to Resource companies and Clark's the paid caretaker
If you're not going to reduce poverty when you have a strong economy, When are you going to do it

Ottawa Observations: Monday, April 24, 2017



Our compilation of some of the stories of note from the day, reviewing the political developments from the Federal scene for Monday, April 24, 2017.



U.S. imposing 20-pecent tariff on Canadian softwood
Trudeau sought RCMP probe of cabinet leaks on navy supply ship
Canada committed to 'counter-radiclaization":Freeland
The Milk War: How a letter in Wisconsin set off a trade dispute between the U.S. and Canada
Trudeau says his father's connections helped brother deal with marijuana charge
Ottawa drops objections to UN resolution on Indigenous consent
U.S. imposes preliminary duties up to 24% on'subsidized" Canadian softwood lumber
Trudeau says his dad went to bat for son Michel when he was charged with pot possession
Canada pursues possible trade deal with China as softwood lumber dispute with U.S. heats up
Softwood lumber decision Tuesday is Trump's next chance to hammer Canada
Vic Toews to face Canadian Judicial Council review over conflict-of-interest allegations
Security of Israel a key in Canada's fight against ISIS says Freeland
"Embarrassment to Canadians": Abuse, humiliation occurred at bases across country soldiers say
Terrorism concerns lead to security changes at passport offices
Trump threatens 20 per cent tariff on Canadian softwood lumber
Trudeau and Trump are watching the vote in France but for different reasons
What Donald Trump's anti-Canada rant means
No Canada doesn't need a second conservative party
Trump's theatrics on Canada are just that
Decade-long ceasefire over softwood lumber ends as U.S. prepares to levy tariffs of around 20%
New Liberal defence plan looks likely to leave military short-changed
Ambassadorto Ireland who killed Ottawa terrorist feared for his job after manhandling Dublin protestor
New Liberal defence plan loosks likely to leave military short-changed
Extra EI for regions hit by energy downturn tops $1 billion - double what was expected
At over $1 billion extra EI is costing Canada double what Feds thought it would 
Donald Trump announces 20 per cent tarrif on Canadian softwood lumber
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says Canada will have lots of allies if Donald Trump goes after energy trade





Sunday, April 23, 2017

Victoria Viewpoints: Saturday/Sunday April 22 and 23




Our compilation of some of the stories of note from the day, reviewing the political developments from the Provincial scene:


BC NDP dismiss critique of party platform's financial sustainability
BC's doctor shortage becomes campaign issue
Lowering B.C. bridge tolls is popular politics, but misses the big picture
New light shed on stories of stolen Sto;lo children
Chilliwack residents seek changes to Trans Mountain pipeline route
These men want to be the first turbaned Sikhs elected to the B.C. Legislature
If you care about climate change, it's time to reject strategic voting
'Our DNA comes from this region'; Reclaimed land opens up Fraser River to Tswwassen First Nation
How the NDP could thump the Liberals in Metero and still lose the election
Clark, Horgan exchange shots at Vancouver campaign event
Steelworkers paying salaries of senior NDP staff
Fact Check: BC NDP says it will 'fill the gap' for 700,000 residents
Mudslinging continues as B.C. election approaches halfway mark
Christy Clark remains optimistic as campaign nears halfway point
Still waiting on plan for the E & N
Premier Clark is underplaying racism
B.C. post secondary students aim to persuade peers to vote for the climate on May 9 










Ottawa Observations: Saturday/Sunday, April 23 and 24



Our compilation of some of the stories of note from the day, reviewing the political developments from the Federal scene for Saturday/Sunday April 22 and 23, 2017


Infantry soldier's story reveals gaps in Canadian Forces' inquiry system
Ottawa eager to move fast on China Trade deal over next two years
In U.S., China trade talks, Trudeau must perfect his juggling act
RCMP labour code trial to highlight concerns over wages, safety
Softwood lumber exporters  brace for punitive U.S.duties
Ex-veterans watchdog Stogran could shake up NDP race
How dairy farmers are trying to milk consumers with EU trade deal
Terrorism concerns lead to changes a passport offices in bid to boot security
Transgender inmate hopes to make history with transfer to women's prison
Let's get going on NAFTA renegotiation,says Marc Garneau
Liberals accused of 'housecleaning' of Tory appointees at refugee board
The artistry of balancing federalism
Trump is wrong about dairy protectionism, but Canada should still scrap it
New improved Senate isn't all that improved
Conservative candidates need to step up to the front
High taxes on pot will help criminals
Bitumen brawl splits Alberta and B.C. NDP on eve of upending 16 year Liberal dynasty
Donald Trump just might make us put on our big boy pants and make Canada great again
Knocked off balance by Trump,Canada prepares for 'all eventualities' on trade
Canada's complicated history with scientific freedom


Friday, April 21, 2017

Victoria Viewpoints: Friday, April 21, 2017




Our compilation of some of the stories of note from the day, reviewing the political developments from the Provincial scene:


Clark highlights LNG hopes in NDP strongholds in northwest B.C.
No polling lead can ever be quite enough for B.C.'s NDP
Three years later, is Canada keeping its Truth and Reconciliation Commission promises?
'Don't touch me again': The moment the provincial debate changed
B.C. centre planning clinical trials to treat addiction with hallucinogens
Christy Clark: 'I'm not scared of Donald Trump'
Vancouver 420 damage at Sunset Beach Park will take up to 5 weeks to fix
The B.C. Liberal 'troll' truck rolled into the election campaign this week
VoteCompass reveals economy and housing top of mind for B.C. voters
B.C.'s past political blunders hold little sway over Millennial voters
Is the B.C. Liberal job creation claim 'political spin'?
Political Donations: Following the money in B.C. politics
Panel told alleged fraud dropped several politicians' names to woo investors
Clark's Massey mega-bridge bashed by rivals' tunnel-vision
Parties propose to tackle housing affordability in their own ways
Liberals pounce on NDP's mixed MSP messages
Horgan says replacing Patullo Bridge is a top priority
Clark says greed among U.S. lumber barons driving softwood spat
Vancouver's 420 organizers need to be held accountable
I'll just watch you because I know you like that': That regrettable moment in the B.C. leaders' debate
Rural areas need attention
An invisible population in health system
Victoria wants 15 per cent tax on foreign buyers implemented immediately
B.C. party leaders back on road after first debate
Horgan Town Hall Turns Deeply Personal When Father Asks About Overdose Deaths
BC Liberal Candidate Declares Support for 'Certain Extent' of Health Care Privatization
Six Ways to End Homelessness in BC
What's in store for the Next Two Generations of BC School Kids?


Ottawa Observations: Friday, April 21, 2017



Our compilation of some of the stories of note from the day, reviewing the political developments from the Federal scene for Friday, April 21, 2017






How butter's surge in popularity led to Trump's attack on the Canadian dairy industry
Health Canada proposes changes to rules on importing prescription heroin
Saskatchewan ruling on Catholic schools could have far reaching consequences
Judge lifts publication ban on RCMP case against Vice-Admiral Norman
B.C. Liberal leader Christy Clark lashes out at U.S. lumber industry
Canada expands Syrian sanctions list
Canada could be called on for troops in event of war with North Korea
Why Trump is racing against the clock on NAFTA: The Mexican election
Former cabinet minister-turned-Manitoba judge broke conflict of interest rules, commissioner finds
Can Trudeau talk Trump out of trade fight? Maybe he won't have to
Handful of Syrian refugees paid sponsors to come to Canada, evaluation reveals
Hundreds of Syrian refugees in Canada stuck with erroneous names
Pot taxes will stay low in order to push out criminals, Morneau suggests
Trudeau-Italian PM affirm trade bonds in face of Trump protectionism
Trade tribunal slams federal government on use of national security exceptions
Canada slaps new round of sanctions on Syria
Canadian jets intercept Russian bombers for first time in 2 years
Trudeau wise to hold fire over Trump's trade tirade
Trudeau commits to 'respectful' talks after Trump's trade outburst
As Trump talks tough, New Brunswick seeks continued exemptions on lumber exports
Pot laws looked like they'd never change -- Then Wham
How to control Canada's border
Canada weakens citizenship while Australia strengthens it
After a nuclear war, only cockroaches and Canadian supply management would be left
If the eco-fanatics hate Justin Trudeau this much, imagine what they think of you
Roadside spit-testing for pot: an impossible, unconstitutional solution to a non-problem
Former Harper cabinet minister Vic Toews found guilty of conflict-of-interest violations
Emissions down slightly, but Canada not yet on track to meet 20230 climate targets: report
'I'll just watch you because I know you like that'" That regrettable moment in the B.C. leaders debate
Justin Trudeau cites 'tremendously strong' trade ties with Italy in meeting with Paolo Gentiloni
The risk of a financial crisis in Canada is growing
Is the Trump-Trudeau women's council real or fake?
A brief history of high taxes and government meddling