Saturday, January 21, 2017

The Trump era begins: President Trump's Inauguration Day

The peaceful transfer of power of the Government of the United States took place on Friday, the pomp and ceremony of the departure of the old and the arrival of the new dominating televisions for much of the day.

And while one might have become weary of hearing of the never ending proclamations of what was the unique peaceful transfer of the American's, (there are a few of us in the world that have a similarly peaceful hand off, so it's not as though they've invented the wheel below the 49th parallel) the dedication to which they take to the concept is one of a day long spectacular.

Donald J. Trump assumed the powers of the Presidency at the mark of noon on Friday and following the oath of office administered by Supreme Court Justice Roberts, the newly installed President delivered his much anticipated address from the steps of the U.S. Capital building.

Complete text available here

The full bombast that echoed across the Mall and beyond was certainly crafted to address those that put Mr. Trump on those steps Friday afternoon.

However, if viewers across America and an audience watching in from around the world were seeking a soothing message of togetherness and a vision of the United States beginning to come together, this was not your day.

For those that were seeking an indication that America would continue forward with a full engagement of business with the world outside of its borders as it has been in the past, Friday's screed under the Capital Dome quickly put that notion to rest.

Mr. Trump's speech was but sixteen minutes in length, one of the shortest ever delivered in modern times and while it may have been brief on the clock, it was long on rhetoric and with a somewhat dystopian view of the land he was set to govern over.

The main focus of Mr. Trump's words was the theme of change to come; as seemingly only the new President can deliver.

There was no mention of the work of Congress, nor a nod to the elements of the Constitution that American's cherish and live by.

Those elected to office and assembled for the transition for the day, suddenly became the supporting cast in the newest of reality shows, this one set on the national stage of Washington.

The newly empowered President offered up a vision of rescuing a nation that has endured a rather despondent existence, reprising a theme he had reviewed night after night on the campaign trail.

Using the term American Carnage, the New President evoked as a soundtrack for the day, the drum beat of a landscape littered with rusting factories and menacing gangs.

All that was missing was a visual montage along the lines of the end of the Godfather, a closing scene where all old the scores were settled as a new boss took charge.

All of this was delivered while the former President sat but a few feet away, with Mr. Obama no doubt wondering to himself if he had wandered onto the set of one of those Southwest Air commercials. Perhaps looking around to see if he was at the point where you really wanna get away.

Mr. Trump finally exited his review of the dire straits of the past and then outlined a blue print to the future of sorts. One that will see America become more insular, taking care of its own first and foremost.

A nativist approach to governance that will have foreign leaders scrambling to try and figure out how and more importantly if, they will fit into the new narrative from the world's most influential nation.

From the glimpse at the path ahead, there appears to be very little for the Global community to hold on to from his words.

Other than an acknowledgement by way a short shout out at the start of  Mr. Trump's at times bleak litany, the approach was more along the lines of  I know you're watching world, but really I have nothing for you kind of salutation.

There were the usual themes of the world needing to defend itself better, a renewal of the past warnings that America won't have it's industry stolen and indeed when it comes to trade issues a reckoning would appear to be coming.

The Presidents comments making for a flare that should be taken as notice on world affair, particularly when it comes to the current order of the expanded globalization that has marked the world economic picture for decades.

The days of Davos it would seem are done, somewhat out of step now with the new reality that will be coming from D. C.

The speech also did not seem to move any distance to reach out to bridge current fears among the majority of those that voted in November for Hillary Clinton.

They are a collective still in shock from the 2016 campaign which owing to the unique twists to the electoral college system, once again delivered a leader who had the least number of popular votes and yet still claimed the Presidency.

The fact that Mrs. Clinton was sitting in the background, while Mr. Trump was delivering this inaugural address was the consequence of a campaign that clearly missed out on the mood of a wide swath of the nation she wished to govern.

As the President delivered his remarks, Democrats who had been tone deaf throughout the campaign to those in America that were struggling, might have drifted off through those sixteen minutes to review how it all came to this.

The outcome that brought Mr. Trump to the stage is a testimony to political arrogance and an apparent inability to determine where the most danger to the Democrats ambitions had been located, not to mention a general failure at getting out enough of the vote to render the verdict of the electoral college but a side story.

For those that had pursued and voted for the different vision for their country that Ms. Clinton had campaigned for, Mr. Trump seemed to offer up nothing more than the challenge of adopting patriotism to soothe those scars.

However, for those voters who placed their faith in his campaign, Friday's inaugural address was the speech they wanted to hear and no doubt the one that they had expected to be delivered.

It was a continuation of the themes of the campaign and a greatest hits collection of the midnight tweets on twitter that formed much of his new policy for America.

The method and mechanisms that the United States uses to form its government and deliver to the people their Commander in Chief, puzzling as they may seem, is something that is purely an American matter.

In short it's their game, their rules, we are mere spectators up in the cheap seats taking in the show. Fully aware of the consequences of events for which we have no ability to shape.

President Trump's inaugural address carried the same tone that has become a familiar refrain since he entered the primaries, those that were surprised by the continuation simply haven't been paying attention. Those that celebrated his rise to power on Friday sat on every word, many of them probably could have delivered the speech if asked, they knew the script by heart.

For those of us living outside of the American border, the cannon shots that followed the Noon hour transfer signalled the start of a completely different era for relations with the United States.

How the nations of the world and their leaders read the President moving forward, will make for the greatest test ahead, one thing seems certain from those sixteen minutes in Washington, it's going to be quite the ride.

We've compiled some interpretations from a range of readings on how the transition of power was viewed and where we all go from here.

For notes on how the Canadian spin was put forward on the day see our Ottawa Observations files for Friday, January 20th.

Below a more expansive look at the themes and commentary from a most fascinating day for the United States and all of her global neighbours.

From the American opinion pages

New York Daily News -- Donald Trump's America: The President's bleak inaugural address
New York Observer -- 'American Carnage'- Donald Trump becomes President of a Divided Nation in a Divided D.C.
New York Post --  Trump uses Inaugural to say "I really mean it"
New York Times -- What we Saw at Trump's Presidential Inauguration 
New York Times -- What President Trump Doesn't Get About America
New York Times -- Trump's Inauguration Was No Woodstock
New York Times -- Why Trumpism May Not Endure

Washington Post -- In his inaugural address, Trump leaves America's better angels behind
Washington Post -- Trump takes office, vows an end to 'American carnage'
Washington Post -- Trump's inaugural speech was a sharp break with his past - and his party
Washington Post -- Donald Trump completes hostile takeover of Washington, puts both parties on notice
Washington Post -- In the home of NATO and the European Union, dismay as Trump takes power

Washington Times -- President Trump vows to put 'America First' and promises to 'get the job done'
Washington Times -- Trump breaks with political traditions on triumphant ride to White House
Washington Times -- A hearty last laugh for the Donald

Boston Globe -- Trump's missed opportunity
Boston Globe -- Trump's speech offered nothing to a fractured nation
Boston Globe -- Trump's dark vision of America
Boston Globe -- Trump's epic inaugural failure
Boston Globe -- Donald Trump played the outsider and the insider on his first day in office
Boston Herald -- President's 'dark' speech a ray of light for millions
Boston Herald -- Mass. delegation troubled by bleak picture of country
Boston Herald -- Donald Trump ushers in an age of people first, pols second
Boston Herald -- A simple vision, a complex world

Chicago Sun Times -- Our new nationalist president

Detroit Free Press -- Strong man, or a president? Trump may not what he is
Detroit Free Press -- Trump speaks to Rust Belt, Detroit in combative inaugural speech

Detroit News-- Not a bad start to Trump era

Philadelphia Inquirer -- Trump 'America first' speech won't reassure allies
Philadelphia Daily News -- The honeymoon ends and the crap game begins

Atlanta Constitution Journal -- A strong-man speech, delivered by a strong-man president
Atlanta Constitution Journal -- Trump makes clear - again - his biggest presidential themes
Atlanta Constitution Journal -- Jesse Jackson: Donald Trump's inauguration speech was 'full of hope and inclusion'

Miami Herald -- Hoping Trump can lead us to a brighter future despite his dark vision
Miami Sun Sentinel -- A president unlike any we've ever seen

New Orleans Times-Picayune -- President Trump's inaugural speech does little to heal political wounds

Dallas Morning News -- You don't have to love President Trump, but you can't tune out, either
Dallas Morning News -- Trump lays out a vision of America that is dark and insular

Fort Worth Star-Telegram -- Trump's inaugural address echoes anti-Semitic isolationists and a Batman villain

St. Louis Post Dispatch --  Trump takes command with a vow to put America first

Minneapolis Star Tribune -- Trump's unyielding message sets up clash with congressional Republicans
Minneapolis Star Tribune -- For President Trump, a missed opportunity to unify

Denver Post -- Trump's refreshing promise to the people
Denver Post -- Finding hope in President Trump's inaugural address

Arizona Republic -- Trump's inauguration speech proves he still doesn't get it

San Diego Union Tribune -- Trump takes office as 45th president, pledging to empower America's 'forgotten men and women'

Los Angeles Times -- Trump's recycled campaign speech made no effort to bring Americans together
Los Angeles Times -- Trump's inauguration speech makes it clear: He meant every word he said during the campaign
Los Angeles Times -- Raw, angry and aggrieved, President Trump's inaugural speech does little to heal political wounds
Los Angeles Times -- Beware the politician with simple answers. Trump still divides, and there's a lot at stake

San Francisco Chronicle -- Trump's Dark portrayal of America
San Francisco Chronicle -- Trump takes office, promises "America First" approach

The Oregonian -- A most dreadful inaugural address: George Will
The Oregonian -- Fiery speech, protests open new era

Seattle Times -- In inaugural address, Trump delivers a shot heard around the world
Seattle Times -- 'America First': Phrase evokes anti-Semitic, isolationist history
Seattle Post Dispatch -- Trump takes charge, assertive but untested 45th US president

Alaska Dispatch News -- Relax and Give Trump a Chance
Alaska Dispatch News -- Alaskans full of hope for change at Trump inauguration

Honolulu Star Advertiser -- Don't Let Trump damage our nation

Notes from Above the 49th parallel

From the Editorial pages

Globe and Mail -- Keep calm and carry on, world
National Post -- May President Trump make America greater - and prove his doubters wrong
Toronto Star -- Donald Trump signals a radical pullback from the world
Toronto Star -- Globalization should be fixed, not junked in age of Trump
Toronto Sun -- The forgotten men and women matter
Winnipeg Free Press -- New era of Trump the politician

The Observations


Trump delights supporters, alarms trading partners with inaugural speech
America's shining moment - a stump speech, tear gas and unsold Trump T-Shirts
'Confrontational, angry' inaugural address leaves no doubt about which side Trump's on
Trump signs first executive order targeting Obamacare regulations
U.S. President Donald Trump takes charge, vows to end "American carnage"

Global Television

Fact checking Donald Trump's presidential inauguration speech
The unlikely rise to power of Donald Trump and Rob Ford
Mexican President seeks to strengthen U.S. relations despite Trump's barbs
So what did Canada's Foreign Minister think of Trump's inaugural speech?
Donald Trump's inaugural speech drawn straight from campaign script
Trump's inaugural address set apart from Obama, Bush by protectionist theme, dark imagery

Globe and Mail

Donald Trump uses inaugural address to outline "America First" vision
Era of co-operation over in international trade, Trump says
Trump inauguration: a day of celebration and protest
Fear Trump, but have faith in the endurance of U.S. institutions
Don't set your hair on fire. It won't help
The wrecking-ball President's first act: Defiant and Dark
On inauguration day, presidents always took the high road. Not Donald Trump
Trump signs executive order on Obamacare, begins to set up administration
Trump vows to end reliance on foreign oil with 'America First' energy policy

National Post

Trump delivered a plain, serious and monumental promise to give Washington back to the people
Without the trite sanctimony, Trump invokes a sacred duty to raise up America's magnificence
Protectionist Trump speech signals an America looking inward
President Trump offers a vision of greatness. He has yet to offer a vision to achieve it
In a pageant of repetition and tradition, Trump is anything but the norm
You think Trump's speech was bad? Compared to what?
Donald Trump's inaugural speech, deconstructed: 'He's reinforcing his brand image as an outsider'
When Donald Trump was sworn in, the campaign to build support for his impeachment went live
If you expected a different kind of Trump than before, you were wrong

Toronto Star

Trump casts himself as America's savour in fiery inaugural address
Hundreds arrested as inauguration protestors and police clash in Washington
Trump White House website removes climate change references
Michelle Obama said goodby with grace (and a little side-eye)
Short and unsweet, Trump's inauguration speech puts America First
Trump's first executive order aims to repeal Obamacare
Donald Trump, the strongman who incarnates a nation's will
Trump speech perfectly fitting - for 1944
Trump's first executive order aims to repeal Obamacare
In Brussels, home of NATO and European Union, many feel down on Trump's rise

Toronto Sun

Call him what you want, but Trump is now called Mr. President
Trump vows power to the people
Finally, the little guy has someone in the White House

Friday, January 20, 2017

Victoria Viewpoints: Friday, January 20, 2017

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

B.C. Liberals eschew Bernie Sanders style grassroots funding
Victoria Council postpones decision on foreign buyer tax in Capital Region
Christy Clark no longer receiving $50,000 stipend from party
B.C. Premier Christy Clark no longer receiving stipend from party
We can't afford to wait: We need opioid alternatives for pain
B.C. Liberals display arrogance on the issue of campaign financing
Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robinson needs to make himself great again
Kindergarten wait lists grow as enrolment rises in Victoria
Coming to beneath a park and school near you: a hybrid substation
Province, local governments could do more on overdose crisis, says federal health minister
Get rid of daily patient cap, says B.C. Walk in clinic founder
Health Minister concerned clean drug proposal lacks public support
Trans Mountain pipeline customers still have chance to opt out of project
B.C. Premier Christy Clark cancels $50,000 party stipend after growing criticism
Applications pour in for B.C. home loan program
Mayors tell Trudeau to fund housing in bid to help tackle overdose crisis
Vancouver Island First Nation files aboriginal title claim in court
Vancouver Island University plans $40 million health, science centre
Camosun, Royal Roads plan $70M in expansions
Don't stand for politicians entitlement
Foreign Buyers tax not the 'silver bullet' to fix housing affordability
B.C.'s legal battle with teachers' union cost $2.6M
B.C. Hydro can't be ordered to make power cheaper for Poor, Commission rules

Ottawa Observations: Friday, January 20, 2017

Our compilation of some of the stories of note from the day, reviewing the political developments
from the Federal scene for Friday, January 20, 2017.

Trudeau congratulates Trump, citing close economic and security ties
Trudeau receptive to $12.6 billion social housing request, mayors say
Trudeau holds call with premiers to reassure them over Canada-U.S. relationship
'Embrace change': Canada cautioned to keep cool for Trump
Prior leaks of navy info were on RCMP's radar before vice-admiral's removal
Canada cuts $48M in tariffs to boost food manufacturing
Vet who challenged Trudeau in London, Ontario denied caregiver allowance
French a major advantage for Conservative Leadership contenders
Automakers fearful of Trump administration uncertainty Bains tells Davos
Canadian property searches from U.S. way up after Donald Trump elected
Justin Trudeau congratulates Donald Trump
Convulsing America elephant will test Justin Trudeau's agility
Justin Trudeau well positioned to deal with Donald Trump
Canada has survived worse U.S. presidents than Donald Trump
How Justin Trudeau can work with Donald Trump
Trudeau's progress on his agenda will be affected by course of U.S. under Trump
Trudeau congratulates Trump, citing 'robust' trade and security ties
Another Dragon entering political ring?
Oh no ... It really looks like Justin Trudeau, truly, deeply believes all those silly Liberal myths
The World Changes today: Canada better change too
So what did Canada's foreign minister think of Trump's inaugural speech
Kevin O'Leary promises to scrap the carbon tax if elected prime minister
Canadians travelling to Donald Trump inauguration turned away at U.S. border

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Victoria Viewpoints: Thursday, January 19, 2017

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

'Big money is distorting our politics': BC NDP leader on the issue of political donations
Ottawa mulls unconventional B.C. - style therapies for opioid addiction
Cities should be more realistic about homelessness: report
B.C. First Nation council set to debate LNG dock location
Trump's inauguration brings worries for B.C.' forestry communities
B.C. aboriginal leader Arthur Manuel fought tirelessly for rights
B.C. NDP renews call for ban on corporate, union donations
B. C. Health Minister Terry Lake wants to raise legal smoking age to 21
How raising the smoking age to 21 could stop teens from smoking
Fort St. John Mayor wants to know why 911 dispatch being moved to Vancouver Island
B.C. NDP set to introduce legislation banning corporate donations for 6th time
Decriminilization should be considered to stop overdose crisis, says Vancouver's chief doctor
Kamloops parents have mixed reaction to shorter spring break
Onus on B.C. to prove state of emergency needed on overdose crisis
B.C. should give clean drugs to users say top health officials
Horgan hell bent on cleaning up well-heeled donations
Premier's promise of assistance embraced by B.C. coastal logging contractors
NDP fails to sway liberals on banning corporate-union donations
Drug overdose measures not working
B.C. Liberals defend donation downpour
NDP's Horgan Again Vows to Ban Big Money, Says Rich Donors Too Powerful
At Kamloops School for Indigenous Youth, a 'Focus on the Successes'
Metro Vancouver considers garbage ban on Styroform-like packaging materials and textiles

Ottawa Observations: Thursday, January 19, 2017

Our compilation of some of the stories of note from the day, reviewing the political developments
from the Federal scene for Thursday, January 19, 2017.

Trump Treasury pick Munchin rules out border-adjustment tax
Ottawa mulls unconventional B.C. style therapies for opioid addiction
Cross party elitism has infected Canadian politics, too
Under Trump's trade policy, the U.S. is the new Middle Kingdom
Mauril BĂ©langer's widow shakes up Liberal nomination battle in Ottawa-Vanier
Prominent Canadians urge Trudeau to act on electoral reform pledge
Complaints filed over Trudeau's French answers to English questions
Can Trudeau keep resisting calls to be the anti-Trump
Canadian politicians, VIPS gather in Washington to mark Trump inauguration
Arlene Dickinson on Kevin O'Leary's entry into Conservative leadership race
5 members of Trump's cabinet Canada will come to know best, and their Canadian counterparts
Canadian police hit by major computer network outage
Trump Presidency could lead to more 'stable' U.S. foreign policy, Stephen Harper says
Canada Revenue Agency monitoring Facebook, Twitter posts of some Canadians
Neil Young among artists, activists urging Trudeau government to reform electoral system
Wapekeka First Nation asked for suicide-prevention funds months before deaths of 2 girls
'Uncertainty is never a good thing': MPs, senators reach out to U.S. lawmakers
Trudeau meets with Ontario indigenous leaders in wake of girls' suicides
Stephen Harper looks at 'glass half full' in Trump's victory
Dragon's Den co-star blasts Kevin O'Leary for 'total lack of empathy'
Free-Trade agreement with India a 'high-priority' for Canada
Liberals pay off election debt thanks to new supporters, fundraising
As Trump takes over, hold onto your hats
O'Leary 'more worried about the very rich': Wynne
Automakers concerned about Trump presidency
O'Leary: If I don't win a majority then 'fire me'
Prime Minister's tune falls flat on national listening tour
Trump poised to 'reverse' seven decades of U.S. foreign policy, Stephen Harper says
How Canada got to own top spot for U.S. presidential inaugurations - thanks to JFK
'Mad Max' Bernier has been upstaged by Kevin O'Leary, a self-styled Darth Vader
In what will be a bumpy ride, Trudeau has to appease Trump to avoid falling off trade wagon
Companies request warship fleet project be delayed in wake of vice-admiral's removal
Nearly 400 B.C. tax centre workers sent relocation notices inviting them to consider jobs across the country
Is Trump Driving Canada into China's Clutches?
Expanding Tar Sands will kill Paris Targets and Climate Stability, Report Finds
The Federal Liberals say they're debt free, 14 months after the election
Justin Trudeau names MP Pablo Rodriguez as whip
Stephen Harper calls Trump's foreign policy a source of 'global uncertainty'
Leitch comments prompt Torontonians to 'send Kellie sugar'
Justin Trudeau's French-only responses at town hall under investigation by commissioner
First Nations leaders slam Trudeau government for 'dragging their feet' on youth suicide crisis
Brett Wilson endorses Kevin O'Leary after Arlene Dickinson's scathing column

From Lax Kw'alaams, Premier Clark outlines a potential campaign narrative for the North Coast

If those following politics on the North Coast are looking for some indication as to how the upcoming Provincial election campaign may play out in the region, some interesting themes were explored as part of Premier Clark's visit to Lax Kw'alaams on Wednesday.

As we noted in the blog on yesterday, the Premier and LNG and Housing Minister Rich Coleman toured the community north of Tuck inlet, with part of their time used to explore the Coast Tsimshian Academy and to meet meet the students, staff and parents.

Premier Clark touring the Coast
Tsimshian Academy on Wednesday

(photos from BC Gov't website)
Premier Clark and LNG and Housing
Minister Rich Coleman in Lax Kw'alaams
(photos from BC Gov't website)

The rest of the trip was spent reviewing some of the past projects that have been put in motion in that community from the new road to the Ferry Dock, to housing plans which were once again announced as part of the Wednesday gathering.

As well as the list of past projects and current initiatives, the Premier also touched on a number of areas where see believes Lax Kw'alaams and the Provincial government can work together.

But beyond the themes dedicated towards the people of Lax Kw'alaams, a blue print of sorts for the election campaign ahead began to emerge from the Premier's words. As she outlined her thoughts on what she called a "Durable Partnership", giving some indication as to how the BC Liberals may approach First Nation's issues across the province in the upcoming provincial campaign.

Included in her comments were themes of reconciliation and how we live in transformative times. With the Premier noting that the BC Liberals had been working hard with communities and First Nations across the province on a new path together, in recognition that it was well past time for real reconciliation between First Nations and Non First Nations communities. Adding that First Nations communities want more control over their own vision of community building.

"Fundamental to reconciliation is recognizing that First Nations communities do not want to depend on the Federal Government or the Provincial government in order to build your future. First Nation communities like every community, like every citizen across the province, want the ability to build your own future, based on the vision that you have for your children ...  and I don't mean a vision set out by another level of government, but one that is your creation and your future."

Following up on that narrative, the Premier offered up her concept of a foundation for moving forward, one that includes creating opportunity for wealth creation, education and a sound health care system.

"Reconciliation begins with First Nations communities fully participating in the economy of British Columbia and gaining, garnering the wealth that has come out of so many  of your communities in terms of resources but has never come back."

Premier Clark also provided an overview of the current efforts of the government through a program with the Royal BC Museum and First Nations leaders across the province to repatriate the sacred objects that have been stolen over the course of 200 years from First Nations across the province and have found their way to museums around the world. Stressing for those in attendance that it was time for those objects to be returned to First Nations communities.

She also reviewed the province's participation in a number of social and education programs and once again noted the need for more engagement on those issues.

On the theme of jobs the Premier outlined how such initiatives as the Tsimshian Roundtable was an investment that would deliver jobs and training opportunities and how attracting investment is something that should also flow to jobs for First Nations people.

"In the years ahead, supporting the jobs and making sure that First Nations people, Lax Kw'alaams people, have first crack at the jobs from Pacific NorthWest LNG. It means creating opportunities in these communities, in this community, and making sure that some of those benefits, many of those benefits stay in this community, rather than flowing out and finding their way elsewhere, especially down south which often happens"

She noted that while the province continues to post positive jobs numbers, not all communities are sharing in those opportunities, adding that for Lax Kw'alaams and other communities of the Northwest that their time will come, offering up that it will be through the work with community leaders that economic benefits will be brought to those communities.

You can review the Premier's themes from this audio archive of her comments at Lax Kw'alaams on Wednesday.


Whether voters in Lax Kw'alaams, or any other First Nation community will find her approach to engagement on their issues worthy of their support and further action, or just the latest in words from politicians looking for votes is something that won't be known until the votes come in on May 9th.

There are many other issues outstanding, key element for the North Coast which still need to be addressed by the Liberals, NDP, Green Party and others as the election campaign heats up and one imagine's that many of them will be raised between now and May.

But for now and in the lead up to the election, the Premier is clearly setting out the Liberals themes for future discussion and providing their views on how to bring change to the current dynamic between the communities and the government.

Following her time in Lax Kw'alaams, the Premier attended a North Coast Liberal event in Prince Rupert, rallying the party supporters and preparing the local Liberals for the election campaign to come.

On Saturday, BC Liberals will select the candidate on the North Coast that will carry the Premier's message into the upcoming election campaign.

Saturday's nomination meeting will also mark the unofficial launch of election season for the region as the Liberal's look to unseat incumbent NDP MLA Jennifer Rice.

For Ms. Rice and her party leader John Horgan, both the comments from the Premier and the events to come from this Saturday might be a signal that it's time to get re-engaged with the public across the North Coast and in particular with voters in Prince Rupert.

Incumbent NDP MLA Jennifer Rice
at the Legislature in 2016

The North Coast MLA has kept a fairly low profile in the riding for the most part over the last few months, her last comments of any kind relayed through her Social media platforms of Facebook and Twitter, as well as via her North Coast constituency website and many of those came from well before the Christmas break.

There are any number of issues that voters will want to hear her views on as the election campaign makes its way towards the May vote count.

Other than the occasional community event and accompanying photo that goes with such things, there have been few opportunities made available for the MLA to outline how she sees the riding progressing and to share her plans when it comes to improving conditions for residents of the North Coast.

The BC Liberal's have already made the Skeena riding a high priority for the campaign to come, once they have their candidate in place on the North Coast, they will no doubt be turning their attention to Ms. Rice's record while at the Legislature and raise a number of the issues that many are talking about in the community.

In the course of any election campaign, it's the candidate who delivers the message that resonates most with the voter that usually comes out at the top of the list, the voter given the task of deciding which option offers the best prospects for the future.

This week, the the Premier has offered up a glimpse of her vision of what path her party will have to offer the residents of the North Coast with a particular focus for those of First Nation communities, it will be a decision for voters in those communities to determine if the prospect of a durable partnership is one that they believe has potential.

For the NDP and for Ms. Rice in the North Coast, the task ahead is one of how they respond to that platform position and what they will have to offer, not only for those in First Nation communities, but for all voters across the region.

Further background on the upcoming provincial election campaign can be found on our North Coast Votes Election Archive page here.

Cross posted from the North Coast Review

City seeks Board Member for Port Edward Historical Society position

If you have a passion for the history of the North Coast and have the time to get involved in sharing the historical treasures of the region, the City of Prince Rupert might just have something you might enjoy.

The City is looking for one person to represent the city's interests by way of a volunteer position with the Board of Directors of the Port Edward Historical Society,  one of the main elements for the North Coast the Society is to oversee the operation of the North Pacific Cannery Historical Site.

Those that are interested in the Board seat are asked to submit a letter of interest to the City's Corporate Administration Office at City Hall.

To be included in your application for the position is a written description of any skills and experience that applicants have to offer for the position.

The Deadline for applicants is February 3rd, 2017

If you wish to get more details on what the duties and responsibilities of the position are you can contact the City's Administration office at 627-0934 or email the city at

The City's Notice seeking the volunteer member can be reviewed here.

For more background on what the Port Edward Historical Society is all about see their information section from the home page of the North Pacific Cannery Historical Site.

Further items from the City of Prince Rupert can be found on our Council Discussion page.

Cross posted from the North Coast Review